Warsash conservation area was designated in 1994, to protect the character of the small historic riverside settlement, close to the mouth of the Hamble river. Included within its boundary is Shore Road, the waterfront, the group of buildings behind, bounded on their north eastern side by Passage Lane and the strawberry fields. Warsash grew up as a small fishing, coal and timber port and as a landing place for the Hamble to Warsash ferry.
Fareham Borough Council has made an Article 4 Direction relating to Warsash Conservation Area making a planning application necessary for certain types of development.
An Article 4 Direction means that a planning application must be made where a development may be considered harmful and may affect the character and appearance of the conservation area. The direction does not necessarily mean that the development cannot occur; it just needs planning permission.