Clifftown Conservation Area was designated as a part of Southend Conservation Areas in the year, 1968 as it strongly cultivates special architectural significance & historic interests that need to be well-preserved and enhanced. Later, the area was further extended at least twice to its present boundaries. The aforementioned conversation area with its true elegance and impressive architectural value is situated on the cliff top in Southend Conservation Areas mainly overlooking the Thames estuary. Many surrounding buildings in Clifftown Conservation Area render a solid historical importance and a deep legacy of the town. Starting from the Victorian Cliff Town Estate to the Georgian Royal Terrace – each of these buildings with their impeccably beautiful styles and unconventional & unusual layouts gives this place an unparalleled, esteemed, and unique charm and character.
For example, the famous Georgian Royal Terrace was built to be the nucleus of New South End. In fact, this beautiful architecture was one of the very first attempts to establish the area as a fashionable seaside resort. Similarly, Victorian Cliff Town Estate was another important attempt to develop this area as a residential town featuring its planned housing development that presents open spacing, dramatically beautiful natural gardens, and carefully aligned streets enabling the magnificent estuary view.
For more information about the history, legacy, and special interests of Clifftown Conservation Area, please check the following article, “The History and Special Interest of Clifftown Conservation Area“.
Development In This Conservation Area
Conservation areas always have stricter planning controls than any other places. And, this place is also not an exception! Here, you may need to get an appropriate and legislative permission from the relevant authority before you can carry out any kind of development irrespective of a minor development or even an extensive development requirement. However, there are specific guidelines which will definitely help you to understand the purpose and procedure.
Any building surrounding to this conservation area may require minor repairing or development works from time to time. In most of the cases, these minor development works are considered to be permitted development. Here to note, a permitted development can be undertaken and carried out without any planning permission. The examples of such minor works can be changing windows and roofing materials etc. All these works are covered by “Clifftown Conservation Area Article 4 Direction” and an appropriate planning application needs to be made which typically doesn’t require any fee. Needless to mention, by adhering to these specific rules, regulations, and guidelines really enables the council to properly examine and control each and every aspect of local residentials that makes an important contribution yet positive impact to the conservation area.
In this context, it is always advisable and further recommended to review all the important guidelines as thoroughly mentioned in the “Clifftown Article Area 4 Direction”. Also, it is ideal to consult with the council beforehand in order to check whether a planning permission is actually needed while carrying out any development works specifically to the exterior of any property situated in this particular conservation area. All kinds of development work undertaken in the conservation area including alterations and extensions, for example, changing windows or roofing materials should precisely follow the guidelines explicitly mentioned in the “Conservation Areas Dos and Donts Leaflet” & “Design and Townscape Guide”, especially Section 9 Historic Buildings.
For more information, check the following articles as well :
1.The History and Special Interest of Clifftown Conservation Area
2.Clifftown Conservation Area Leaflet
3.Clifftown Conservation Area Article 4 Direction
4.Clifftown Conservation Area Map can be found here: