Each conservation area has been designated due to its special architectural or historic interest. This section provides details of the conservation areas and their individual characteristics.

A map showing all Portsmouth's conservation areas, with area numbers, can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Conservation area designation has various effects, which are:

  • complete or substantial demolition of a building requires consent
  • consideration must be given to whether proposals preserve or enhance the conservation area
  • work to trees (over a certain size) requires notice to the council
  • planning permission is necessary for cladding of houses
  • reduction in the size of extension which may be constructed without planning permission.

Many changes to doors, windows, roofs, chimneys and boundary walls remain permitted development - work which can be carried out without planning permission - in conservation areas. In some cases special controls called Article 4 Directions have been introduced.

  • Find out more about  Article 4 Directions and permitted development

Additional information for guidelines

The conservation area guideline documents below contain sections (typically appendices) that outline and summarise the council's statutory powers in relation to the control of works, and conservation specific policies in the local plan (content elsewhere in the guidelines may also touch on these matters).

  • Please be aware that the legislation and policies which inform aspects of the guideline's contents have been subject to change

In particular, the provisions relating to Conservation Area Consent (CAC) have been replaced by Planning Permission.

It should also be noted that any conservation specific development plan policies mentioned in the guidelines have been superseded by policy PCS 23 of the adopted Portsmouth Plan.

The changes, in particular those relating to CAC, may affect the type of application it could be necessary to submit.

If you are considering works to, or within, a designated heritage asset you are strongly encouraged to formally submit a  pre-application enquiry to the planning service.

Mid-19th century terraces adjoining the Southsea shopping centre.


Article 4(2) Direction - Stanley Street

Stanley Street guidelines

Mix of Victorian period terraces, post-war flats and more recent groups of modern, mainly terraced housing.


Article 4(2) Direction - Brougham Rd, S James's Rd, Eldon Street, Gloucester View, Green Rd, King Street & Norfolk Street

King Street guidelines

Conservation area covers 40 hectares & contains the old town of Portsmouth, the city’s original settlement


Article 4(2) Direction - Bath Square, Broad Street, Tower Street & West Street

Old Portsmouth guidelines

North of Commercial Rd shopping precinct, the cul-de-sac contains the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum


Article 4(2) Direction - Old Commercial Rd

Mile End guidelines

Five terraces still retaining the original character of Southsea, reflecting an important stage in the city's growth


The Terraces guidelines

An attractive group of 19 typical mid-Victorian, terraced houses with long front gardens near The Gravediggers pub


Article 4(2) Direction - Highland Terrace

Highland Terrace guidelines

Includes some seafront-facing buildings, but almost entirely open space. Largest conservation area in the city


The Seafront guidelines

Old Roman settlement with surviving medieval buildings in an area with a rural feel


Old Wymering guidelines

The first recorded church site on Portsea Island, and the nucleus of Fratton


St Mary's Churchyard guidelines

Includes ancient monuments, listed buildings, a tunnel and the open parade ground


Guildhall area, including University of Portsmouth buildings & Roman Catholic Cathedral


Guildhall & Victoria Park guidelines

Roads of contrasting character around Victoria Road South and The Circle


East Southsea guidelines

The sea lock and the basin are surviving remnants of the Portsmouth & Arundel canal


Milton Locks guidelines

Including the Historic Dockyard and The Hard


Includes many of the historic parts of Portsea, from Georgian buildings to early council housing


Portsea guidelines

Late Victorian/Edwardian development of brick-built terraced houses with many original features


Article 4(2) Direction - Rochester Road

Rochester Road guidelines

Including the Great Storehouse (or Vulcan Building) & the Old Customs House - both scheduled ancient monuments


Includes the former garrison church for the Royal Marine Barracks at Eastney, now converted to housing


St Andrews Church guidelines

Scheduled ancient monument stretching from Tipner Lake to Langstone Harbour, part managed as a local nature reserve


Hilsea Lines guidelines

Avenue of hornbeam trees line this road of early Edwardian red-brick houses with classical-style balustrades & pediments


Article 4(2) Direction - Essex Road

Essex Road guidelines

Includes houses in parts of St. Andrew’s Road & Margate Road with many surviving architectural features


Article 4(2) Direction - St Andrews Rd, St David's Rd & Margate Rd

St David's Road guidelines


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