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  • Conservation Areas

    The designation of a Conservation Area by the National Park Authority is intended to preserve and enhance the sense of place, character and appearance of some of the National Park’s most valued historic places.

    Conservation Areas in the National Park

    To view maps of the conservation areas in the National Park, click on the settlements listed in the table below:

    Area Date Designated
    1981, extensions August 2011 and October 2011
    1973, extension 2001 and October 2011
    1973, boundary amended 1978, extension 2001, further amendment 2011
    1971, extension 1984
    Milton, to west of Aberfoyle
    October 2011

    Changes to Conservation Area Boundaries

    On 10 October 2011 the National Park Authority amended the boundaries of the Callander, Drymen and Killin Conservation Areas.

    Conservation Area Appraisals

    The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 requires the National Park Authority to formulate and publish a set of proposals for the preservation and enhancement of each conservation area, by way of a thorough appraisal of its character and appearance.
    These appraisals provide a framework for assessing development proposals within the conservation areas in question and are supplementary to the Local Plan. Appraisals have been adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance for Callander, Killin and St Fillans Conservation Areas and draft appraisals have been prepared for Drymen, Gartmore and Luss Conservation Areas.

    Planning Restrictions in Conservation Areas

    In February 2012 changes were made to planning legislation which affected householder rights to carry out works to their properties.  In particular, householders within conservation areas now require planning permission for any alterations or works affecting the exterior of their property.   

    Planning applications can be submitted online at and should be made for all extensions, outbuildings, hard surfaces, gates, fences and walls as well as for any improvements, additions or other alterations to the external appearance of a house.  The latter includes replacement of windows, doors, gutters, drainpipes and re-tiling of roofs.  

    The Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, as the planning authority, encourages anyone considering works in conservation areas to email us at or write to the Planning Information Officer, Carrochan, Carrochan Road, Balloch, G83 8EG.   Written confirmation as to whether planning permission is needed is free and avoids the risk of wasted costs and possible enforcement action.

    Please also note that ‘Conservation area consent’ is required for any demolition works in conservation areas including removal of walls, railings, gates, etc which form part of the historical built environment.   For listed buildings please click here.

    Some areas are subject to additional planning controls in the form of Article 4 Directions. More information can be found here.

    Trees in Conservation areas

    Trees within conservation areas are protected by planning legislation because they add value to the setting, character and amenity of these areas of special architectural or historic interest.

    Written notice of proposed works to trees within conservation areas must be submitted at least 6 weeks before the works are due to be carried out. 

    Failure to notify the planning authority in this way is an offence.  In addition trees may be protected by Tree Preservation Orders which prohibit treeworks including the cutting down, topping or lopping of trees unless prior consent has been obtained.

    For further information on trees click here.

    Grant Schemes

    Built Heritage Repair Grant

    We wish to encourage people to enhance their built heritage. In order to help, we have a Built Heritage Repair Grant (BHRG) scheme, which is run on an annual basis, focussing on the repair and restoration of traditional, pre 1919 buildings, which are visible from main routes through the National Park. 

     War Memorials Restoration Fund

    In January 2013 the First Minister announced the launch of the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund.  This is a million pound fund available between April 2013 and March 2018 to help communities undertake repair and conservation work to war memorials in Scotland. Further information on this fund and WW1 Commemorations in the National Park can be be found here.

    Conservation Area Regeneration Schemes

    Successful Conservation Area Regeneration Schemes (CARS), jointly funded by Historic Scotland and the National Park were completed in Callander and Killin, securing the sympathetic repair and restoration of many traditional properties in these conservation areas.