Trees, Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings

Trees

Trees make an important contribution to the character of the Borough.  Many trees are protected either by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or because they are within one of the Borough's eight Conservation Areas.

Guidance on landscaping and protection of trees on development sites can be found on page 26 of the supplementary planning document ' Design of Residential Extensions and New Residential Development '. The following links provide further information on the protection of trees and how to apply for work to preserved trees.  There is also advice on how to complain about high hedges:

Trees - protected
Tree preservation
Planning application forms : works to trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) and/or notification of proposed works to trees in Conservation Areas (TCA). (No 31 on 1App form)
High hedges: complaining to the Council

Conservation areas

A Conservation Area is defined in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as an 'area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'.  Conservation Areas have a legal status which provides additional controls over the following:

  • most demolitions
  • the size limits for permitted development on non-listed dwellings
  • illuminated advertisements on business premises
  • satellite dishes and other telecommunications operations
  • work to trees

Legislation also exists to enable local authorities to secure necessary repairs to unoccupied non-listed buildings in a Conservation Area which are not being preserved in a weatherproof and secure condition.

Conservation area maps and enhancement plans

Listed below are the eight Conservation Areas in Spelthorne:

pdf icon Laleham conservation area map [336kb]

pdf icon Laleham Conservation Area - Preservation and Enhancement [4Mb]

pdf icon Lower Halliford conservation area map [406kb]

pdf icon Lower Halliford Conservation Area - Preservation and Enhancement [1Mb]

pdf icon Lower Sunbury conservation area map [591kb]

pdf icon Lower Sunbury Conservation Area Preservation and Enhancement Proposals - November 1992 [2Mb]

pdf icon Shepperton conservation area map [519kb]

pdf icon Shepperton Conservation Area Preservation and Enforcement proposals - February 1994 [5Mb]

pdf icon Staines conservation area map [926kb]

pdf icon Staines Conservation Area Preservation and Enhancement proposals - March 1991 [5Mb]

pdf icon Stanwell conservation area map [710kb]

pdf icon Stanwell Conservation Area Preservation and Enhancement proposals - January 1992 [1Mb]

pdf icon Upper Halliford conservation area map [463kb]

pdf icon Upper Halliford Conservation Area Preservation and Enhancement proposals - July 1994 [3Mb]

pdf icon Manygate Lane Estate conservation area map [264kb]

pdf icon Manygate Lane Estate Conservation Area Preservation and Enhancement Plan October 2002 [1Mb]


Listed buildings and locally listed buildings

Spelthorne has 198 listed buildings in the Borough which are statutorily protected because of their architectural or historic interest.  There are also 153 locally listed buildings.  The following provides information about these buildings, guidance on the implications of 'listing' and how to maintain them:

pdf icon Listed Buildings in Spelthorne [3Mb] (updated December 2016)

pdf icon Local List of Buildings and Structures of Architectural or Historic Interest - February 2004 [3Mb] (updated December 2016)

Further advice

We are able to provide further advice on trees, Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and Locally Listed Buildings.  In particular we encourage those contemplating work to seek pre-application advice.  Please see our ' pre-application advice ' page for more information.