Overton is located approximately 7 miles south east of Wrexham and sits on top of a steep wooded bank high above the River Dee. There are many private residences to the western side with views across the wooded and agricultural landscapes of the Dee Valley and the Berwyn Mountains.

The conservation area is at the heart of the village which has developed alongside the key routes of the A539 Wrexham to Whitchurch road and the A528 Marchwiel to Ellesmere which converge at its centre.

The Overton Conservation Area was first designated in 1971 and its boundary amended in February 1999. The Overton Conservation Area Character Assessment and Management Plan was adopted in December 2010. The Overton article 4(2) direction came into effect in January 2011.