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Historic buildings, landscapes and locations

Conservation Areas

Conservation areas are 'areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'.

Historic Ariel photograph of Eaglesham town centre

Conservation Area Appraisal Consultation

Four Conservation Area Appraisals have been prepared and were out for consultation from 6 Feb - 20 March 2012.

Conservation Areas

Designation as a Conservation Area will not necessary prevent any new development. However new developments will be required to demonstrate that it will not harm the character or appearance of the area.

Most works to the outside of an existing building or structure in a Conservation Area will require planning permission.

It is an offence for any person to cut, lop, top, uproot, wilfully damage or destroy any tree in a conservation area, unless six weeks notice has been given to the Planning Authority.

Who is responsible for determining Conservation Areas?

We (East Renfrewshire Council) are the responsible Authority for determining which areas of East Renfrewshire should be designated as Conservation Areas.

Where can I find Conservation Areas?

East Renfrewshire has five conservation areas within:

  • Eaglesham
  • Busby
  • Giffnock
  • Upper and Lower Whitecraigs in Newton Mearns

Eaglesham was Scotland's first Conservation Area and is designated as 'outstanding'.

A map outlining the conservation areas mentioned above is available to download:

Article 4 Direction Areas

Article 4 directions are issued by us in circumstances where specific control over development is required. This is primarily where the character of an area of acknowledged importance may be threatened. The effect of such a Direction is to remove permitted development rights, thereby necessitating a planning application to be made.

We have one article 4 area in Netherlee.  The boundary of this area is shown on the map Conservation and Article 4 Areas map availed for download.

If you have any queries about conservation areas, please contact:

Development Plans Team: Principal Planner (Built Environment)
2 Spiersbridge Way,
Spiersbridge Business Park,
East Renfrewshire.
G46 8NG
Tel: 0141 577 3876


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