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Mapesbury Estate Area

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The Mapesbury Estate is a residential area that has a lot of attractive historical accommodations. Since 1982 it has been classed as a Conservation Area. With houses dating as far back as 1870, there is traditional architecture present within the area. Extensions are currently underway concerning the eastern side of Walm Lane around Blenheim Gardens NW2. Currently, the Estate is bordered to the west by Walm Lane. Shoot Up Hill is located at the rear of the properties, whilst Anson Road is situated behind properties to the North.

The Estate itself boasts a charming selection of suburban-based accommodations that are essentially two-storey buildings with attic rooms included. Furthermore, there is a generous amount of mature garden space situated at the front and the rear. The majority of houses are settled amongst tranquil streets surrounded by trees. The estate is ideal for commuters who require easy access to the City of London.

Conservation areas are designated depending on their architectural or documented significance. Historic towns and cities, fishing and mining villages, 18th and 19th century suburbs or country houses set in their commemorative grounds are just a few examples of different Conservation Areas currently designated. There are over 8,000 Conservation Areas to date since the first in 1967.

Designation through the Council is required to start a Conservation Area. Designation through heritage requires an approach to the relevant London Borough Council, resulting in the consent of the Secretary of State or National Heritage. If an area begins to accumulate exceptional interest from the public, the Secretary of State can request an evaluation of the area for potential designation.

Once Conservation Areas are designated, there are a number of issues regarding property alterations. People who inhabit houses in the area may require permission for alterations that include extensions, window installations, solar panel installations and other general refurbishments. Whilst you may not require permission from the Council, it is recommended that you check alteration regulations as these can be updated over time.

If you wish to demolish a building, fence, wall or separate structure within a Conservation Area of any size, you are likely to require permission from the local Council. According to the Listed Buildings and Conservation Area Act 1990, buildings that are 115 cubic metres can be demolished without consent whilst the same applies to fences and/or walls that measure at a maximum height of 2 metres.

Tree Preservation Orders will be sanctioned by the local Council if they feel a tree holds a distinct beneficial contribution to the area. Unless the Council decide that this is the case, tree-felling or pruning work can proceed. Note that you must contact the Council six weeks in advance before carrying out these alterations.

The London School of Economics have recently emerged with research surrounding the evaluation of Conservation Areas in general. The research reveals that most people value living in a Conservation Area. Properties within a Conservation Area hold greater price appreciation and command higher valuation.

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