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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:
 
Blymhill
Brewood
Chamberlain's Lane (Penn)
Chillington
Codsall & Oaken
Enville
Himley
Kinver
Lapley
Lower Penn
Pattingham
Penkridge
Shropshire Union Canal
Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal
Stourbridge Canal
Trysull & Seisdon
Weston-Under-Lizard
Wheaton Aston
Wombourne
 
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.
How to Access this Service

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 contact

 

Steve Dores

Senior Arboricultural Officer

Links/Forms

Conservation Advice

Conservation Areas

Listed Buildings

Costs

There is a free service for general enquiries on these matters.

Main Contact

Dr Paul Collins

Senior Conservation & Design Officer
Telephone: (01902) 696288
Fax: (01902) 696403
Email: p.collins@sstaffs.gov.uk
 

Steve Dores

Senior Arboricultural Officer
Telephone: (01902) 696422
Fax: (01902) 696403
Email: s.dores@sstaffs.gov.uk

 

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