Conservation Area Consent is required to demolish buildings or structures in Conservation Areas. It is also necessary to obtain the approval of the Local Planning Authority to fell, top or lop trees in a Conservation Area.
Buildings are listed by the Secretary of State because of their architectural merit and/or historic interest. They can also be listed for Group Value. Listings are categorised into Grade 1, Grade 2* and Grade 2. Buildings can also be locally listed if they are considered to possess local interest. Local listing is a matter for the local planning authority not the Secretary of State.
Retention of listed buildings can in some cases only be achieved by changing their use. While every effort should be made to retain a listed building in its original use, this is not always possible. Alterations associated with alternative uses should respect the original use preserving where possible original features. Works of Art fixed to the original structure need protection.
Specialist advice is required when contemplating development in Conservation Areas or development that affects Listed Buildings or the setting of a Listed Building.
- Initial assessment of the character of a Conservation Area
- Initial assessment of the quality of a Listed Building
- Whether Conservation Area Consent and/or Listed Building Consent is required for development/alterations
- Preparation of reports placing relevant conservation and listed building issues in a planning policy context
- The recommendation of specialist architects who can advise on the detailed merits of Listed Buildings and the reason why alterations, change of use or even demolition may be acceptable