The District’s rich legacy of historic
buildings is protected through the designation of conservation
areas and preserving buildings and structures which appear on the
statutory list which is maintained and updated by the Department of
Culture, Media and Sport. The local character of the area is
protected more generally through the planning system and the
Council is responsible for making decisions which actively
encourage the preservation and enhancement of conservation areas,
ensures the preservation of Listed Buildings and supports
opportunities to improve the distinctive historic character of the
villages and buildings and structures in the countryside.
Conservation areas are areas of special
character whose qualities the Council aims to protect and enhance.
There are currently 19 conservation areas in the District, ranging
from villages centres such as Brewood, Kinver and Penkridge,
lengths of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire, Shropshire Union
and Stourbridge canals to the historic parklands of the estates at
Chillington, Enville, Himley, Patshull and Weston-under-Lizard.
In conservation areas, consent is needed
before demolition can take place and the size and position of house
extensions and outbuildings that can be built without planning
permission are not the same as elsewhere. The Council expects full
planning applications to be submitted, showing the complete impact
of proposed development on the conservation area and its setting.
Other alterations may also need permission. Notice of any work to
trees must be given 6 weeks before they would be carried out.
When dealing with applications for development
in conservation areas the Council is careful to make sure that what
is proposed would conserve or enhance the special character of the
area. If you are carrying out development to a building in a
conservation area, or want to build a new one, then you should use
a suitably experienced and qualified architect. Proposals are best
discussed with Development Management as a pre-application enquiry.
There are a range of documents including
Conservation Area Appraisals and
Conservation Management Plans which set the context for
You may also wish to link to The Planning Portal.
The details of Listed Buildings and structures in the District are
available from the Conservation Officer in Development Management
Listed Buildings are those recognised
nationally for their individual merit; which may be their
particular architectural quality, because they are associated with
well known people or events, or because they form part of an
important group with other Listed Buildings. They have
special protection in law to preserve them for future generations.
The Schedule of Listed Buildings is compiled and amended by English
Heritage and can be inspected at the Council offices or online on
the English Heritage
There are over 850 Listed Buildings in South
Staffordshire district. The majority are Listed as Grade II, 62 are
distinguished further as Grade II* and 20 are Grade I, the highest
grade, signifying their national importance as buildings of
The setting of Listed Buildings is also
protected by planning legislation.
The picture gallery on the website includes
some examples of the District’s Listed Buildings.
Details of Grade I and II* Listed Buildings
considered to be ‘At Risk’ by English Heritage can be found on the
English Heritage website,
clicking on Search the Heritage At Risk Register and then
choosing South Staffordshire from the ‘District or London
Borough’ dropdown menu.
Works to Listed
Demolition or alteration of any part of a Listed Building, internal
or external, or of a building or structure within its curtilage,
requires consent from the Council, even if planning permission is
This may include work to the inside of the
building, anything fitted to it, outbuildings, walls or other site
Application for Listed Building Consent is made on forms
available from the Council's website. Having to ask for
permission to make even small changes to a building does not mean
that no changes are allowed. The Council wants to make sure that
new work fits in with the old and that special architectural or
historic features are preserved, whether the works are for a large
extension or a new window. If you are carrying out development to a
listed building, or want to build next to one, you should use a
suitably experienced and qualified architect and discuss your
proposal with Development Management before submitting it. It
is important to consider Building Regulations matters before
finalising proposals although relaxation of the regulations for
Listed Buildings may apply.
A Listed Building Consent application is
handled like a Planning Application, but there are differences in
the way it is considered and advertised. At present no fee is
payable for an application for Listed Building consent.
Other Heritage Assets
The Council is concerned with preserving and
enhancing the special character of traditional buildings and
structures which contribute to the local distinctiveness and
character of the district of South Staffordshire. There is a
booklet entitled The Village Design
Guide which helps developers understand the built character of
South Staffordshire. There is also a list of locally distinctive buildings and
structures being compiled.
Planning Application Forms
Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans
Village Design Guide
External Link: Planning Portal
External Link: English Heritage
Team Leader - Conservation, Landscape
and Major Projects
Fax: (01902) 696403
Conservation & Design
Dr Paul Collins
Telephone: (01902) 696000
Fax: (01902) 696403