What is conservation? Conservation overview Find out more about conservation and heritage, and what you must know if you're carrying out building work. Areas Conservation areas Conservation areas have special architectural or historic character. Planning permission is more likely to be needed for building work if it will affect a conservation area. Conservation areas: directory Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Local heritage areas LHAs are areas with significant architecture, townscape or landscape. Decisions on planning applications in an LHA will take the area's special character into account. Buildings Statutory listed buildings Buildings of national architectural or historic interest in Croydon. Listed building consent is required to do work to one of these buildings. Locally listed buildings Locally listed buildings do not require listed building consent for development work, but the council will take the building's historic and architectural character into account in planning application decisions. Parks and gardens Registered parks and gardens Nationally important parks and gardens in Croydon. The council will take the area’s special interest into account in planning application decisions. Locally listed historic parks and gardens Locally recognised parks and gardens. The council will take the area’s special interest into account in planning application decisions. Archaeology Scheduled Monuments Scheduled Monuments are archaeological sites of national importance. Any changes to a Scheduled Monument need consent, which is administered by Historic England. Archaeological Priority Areas Archaeological Priority Areas (APAs) show where development might affect archaeological remains. Get involved Conservation Area Advisory Panels There are 3 volunteer-run CAAPs in Croydon that provide independent advice to the Council on heritage issues. Heritage news and consultations Information on new heritage designations, current and recent projects, consultations and engagement events. Neighbourhood Walks and Heritage Walks Explore Croydon and learn about your local area with illustrated walks that you can print at home.