The council is committed to preserving the quality and the
character of the historic buildings and Conservation Areas in South
Staffordshire. One of the key aims of the Council's Corporate
Strategy is 'to protect and improve South Staffordshire's
distinctive environment'. The built environment is the living
record of the history and development of the district.
The built environment has changed considerably over the
centuries and it will continue to change in the future.
Conservation allows for change as well as preservation and it is
often possible for an attractive and historic area to accommodate
not only changes of use, but also new buildings. This can be done
provided that the new buildings are well designed and respect the
general character of existing buildings and their settings.
The distinctive nature of many villages and other historic
areas in South Staffordshire is recognised by 19 conservation
areas. These are:
Chamberlain's Lane (Penn)
Codsall & Oaken
Shropshire Union Canal
Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal
Trysull & Seisdon
Trees in Conservation Areas
Trees often make a very significant contribution to the
character of an area or the setting of a building. The Council has
a duty to protect trees when considering development proposals and
to make Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) if it considers a
particular tree, trees or woodland are under threat from
development or other activities.
Anyone on wishing to cut down a particular tree or carry out
other operations that might damage its amenity value is required to
obtain consent from the Council. Consent may be refused if it is
considered that the works are unnecessary or likely to damage to
the amenity value of the tree.
Trees in Conservation Areas (with certain limited exceptions)
are protected and anyone proposing to do work on such trees is
required to give 6 weeks notice, in writing, before the work is
carried out. This enables the Council to create a TPO if the
proposed works are considered inappropriate and the tree is seen to
be under threat.
For enquiries regarding buildings and structures within a
Conservation Area contact
Dr Paul Collins
Senior Conservation & Design Officer
For enquiries regarding trees within a Conservation Area
Senior Arboricultural Officer
There is a free service for general enquiries on these
Senior Conservation & Design