Then the stakeholders in the Denham Conservation Area will be identified. Criteria for determining the effectiveness and impact of the regulations governing the area will then be considered. Subsequently, using the criteria defined the success, or lack thereof, of the regulations governing the Denham Conservation Area will be evaluated. Finally, the analysis will conclude with recommendations for how the instrument or its implementation might be improved, and identification of what more information is needed to provide a full evaluation.
The instrument under consideration is the South Bucks District Council, Denham Conservation Area Character Appraisal as it impacts on residents and property owners within the Conservation area. The Conservation Area was designated under the authority granted to local councils under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (c. 9).
(a)shall from time to time determine which parts of their area are areas of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance, and
The research involved consultation with historic maps and parish records as well as surveys of the natural and build features of the area under consideration, examination of individual structures, and consideration of sight lines and other factors. Appendix I illustrates one of the historic maps that was used in the research process and Appendix II illustrates the boundaries of the conservation area and listed buildings within it.
The South Bucks District Council publication, Conservation Areas: Guidance for Residents details the constraints imposed by the regulations that are applicable within the conservation area. “Conservation Area Consent is required for: Demolition of unlisted buildings with a volume of 115 cu. M. or more [and] demolition of boundary walls over a certain height.” (South Bucks District Council, 2009, n.p.)