Conservation Areas


The Central Oxford (City & University) Conservation Area was designated in 1971 to protect its special character and appearance. The conservation area covers the historic core of the city and the boundary is shown in red on the map below.

We would like to hear from you about your views of this conservation area and any feedback you have on the draft appraisal document.

The City Council identifies areas of "special architectural or historic interest" that makes them worth protecting and improving.

Oxford has 18 Conservation Areas at present. They include a diverse range of qualities from the compact college environment found in the city centre, the open green space found in the Headington Hill Conservation Area, to the vast meadows in Wolvercote and Godstow. Architectural styles and landscape qualities are diverse but they all have the common element of containing features that contribute to our historic past. It is the protection of these elements that need to be properly managed, ensuring future generations will value and enjoy their special qualities.

Further details and maps of each of the Conservation Areas (including appraisals where they have been written) are available using the links below:

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