Conservation areas

Find out about conservation areas in East Renfrewshire.

Conservation areas are of special considered worthy of preservation or enhancement because of their special architectural or historic interest.

Conservation areas won't necessarily prevent any new development. However, new developments will need to demonstrate that it won't harm the character or appearance of the area.

Most works to the outside of an existing building or structure in a conservation area will need planning permission.

It's an offence for any person to damage or destroy any tree in a conservation area, unless 6 weeks' notice has been given to the Planning and Building Standards team.

East Renfrewshire has 5 conservation areas within:

  • Eaglesham
  • Busby
  • Giffnock
  • Upper and lower Whitecraigs in Newton Mearns

An area of Netherlee is also designated as an Article 4 Direction area, which restricts permitted development rights. Find out more about permitted developments.

East Renfrewshire's Conservation Areas Map shows the location of areas our conservation areas and Article 4 designation areas.

Last modified on 15 June 2023