A conservation area is a statutory designation of an area which is considered to be 'an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'. There are more than forty conservation areas in the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council area. This is the largest number for any single district in Hampshire, demonstrating just how rich the historic environment of the borough is.
The earliest of these conservation areas were designated by Hampshire County Council in the early 1970s and the most recent by the Borough Council in 2016. These areas vary greatly in character, size and history, from densely built-up urban areas of central Basingstoke to peaceful rural villages and parkland in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. They include some of the most picturesque villages in the county, but also areas of high development pressure and growth potential.
The Borough Council has produced a Conservation Area Appraisal for each of it's conservation areas, and have adopted these as Supplementary Planning Guidance. This means that the council has a duty to pay special attention when determining development proposals to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of a conservation area. This applies not only to developments within a conservation area, but also to nearby developments which could affect its setting.
The parish of Oakley and Deane contains two conservation areas - Church Oakley and Deane.
Church Oakley Conservation Area: The Church Oakley Conservation Area was first designated in 1976 by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in recognition of the special architectural and historic interest of the village. It was reviewed in 2003 and adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance by the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane on 17 July 2003 and complements the policies of the Borough Local Plan.
Deane Conservation Area: In recognition of its special architectural and historic interest, Deane was designated a Conservation Area in 1992 by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. It was reviewed in 2003 and the document was adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance by the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on 17 July 2003 and complements the policies of the Borough Local Plan.
A copy of these documents and the maps of both conservation area are below available for download.