Lea Conservation Area was designated by the then North Wiltshire District Council on May 20th 1997 under the Listed Building and Conservation Areas Act 1990.
The village has accommodated new development in recent years with new road accesses from the main street. The scale of development has impacted poorly on the character of the village, and this has inevitably focused attention on the desirability to preserve and enhance the traditional part of the village set around h older area of the Church and Manor. The boundary is drawn around the older core, together with open areas of land to the east of the main street.
The principle objective of designation is to preserve and enhance the character of this area. Designation provides control over demolition and anyone wishing to demolish any building or structure or any part of any building or structure must apply for Conservation Area Consent to the Local Planning Authority(LPA). Further controls require anyone proposing to carry out work to trees within the Conservation Area which are not already protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) to give the Local Planning Authority (LPA) six weeks notice of their intentions.