South Staffordshire is a collection of 36 villages grouped into 27 parishes plus smaller hamlets, each with their own history and character. This historic character is protected by a total of 19 separate conservation areas which have been designated by the local planning authority. Conservation Areas are designated on account of their special architectural or historic interest. Being situated within a conservation area does not mean that change cannot happen. In managing change however the key test applied by the planning system is that development should preserve or enhance the historic and architectural character or appearance of the conservation area.
South Staffordshire's Conservation Areas
A list of conservation areas within the District including a map showing the extent of the conservation area and the most up to date Management Plans is available to view. The boundaries of the conservation areas are kept under regular review. The most recent Management Plans identified Buffer Zone areas adjacent to the boundaries of most of the Districts conservation areas. The purpose of these Buffer Zones is to ensure that development preserves or enhances the special interest of the conservation area.
Implications of Being Situated in a Conservation Area
Within a conservation area the main consideration is that any development should seek to preserve or enhance the character of the area. New development must be well designed, sympathetic to their surroundings, use appropriate materials and incorporate sympathetic landscaping treatments. In addition there are a number of restrictions in place nationally on what development can be undertaken in a conservation area without requiring planning permission – so called ‘permitted development rights'. The best way to find out if you can carry out permitted development is to check the Governments Planning Portal (include link), you can also look at the Consolidated General Permitted Development Order (GDPO 2015). For additional guidance in relation to the siting, design and style of shop fronts and signs within conservation areas see appendix x to the District Design Guide (add link).
Demolition in Conservation Areas
The character of a conservation area is often defined by buildings, both listed and unlisted, that together forms an important group. For this reason planning consent is required in many cases should it be desired to demolish all or a significant part of any building within a conservation area. This can include the demolition of outbuildings, walls, fences, railing or gates and in some circumstances, the demolition of part of a building.
Trees in Conservation Areas
Any person proposing to carry out any operation on a tree within a conservation area (with certain limited exceptions) is required to give six weeks notice in writing before the work is carried out. For further information see the Trees in Conservation Areas section.
For advice on any issues related to development in or adjoining a conservation area contact Planning on 01902 696000, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Locally Listed Buildings – ‘the Local List'
There is no specific legislation for locally listed buildings, the National Planning Policy Framework recognises the importance of special local interest. Paragraph 135 requires local planning authorities to take into account ‘the effect of an application on the significance of a non-designated heritage asset'.
South Staffordshire has responded to this requirement by compiling a List of Buildings of Special Local Interest – a ‘Local List'. This identifies local buildings and structures important in their archaeological, architectural, artistic or historic terms. Information on the items included on the council's Local List for each parish can be found here.
If you think you know of a building, structure or place in your local area deserves recognition and addition to the ‘Local List' then please fill in the Local List Application Form.
The criteria used to determine inclusion on the list can be accessed on the Criteria for Local Interest page.
South Staffordshire has at least 76 war memorials which fit the UK National Inventory of War Memorials definition. War memorials all play an important role in serving as a continuing reminder of the dangers of letting any conflict between nations escalate to the point of armed combat and the massive social and human cost that is the inevitable result of this. At a personal level, every name on a war memorial was a person, cut down in their prime, and denied an opportunity to fulfil their role as a parent or to contribute to the life and development of a village. The impact of their loss can only be imagined, but each is very much to be regretted.
More information on war memorials, their upkeep, repair and restoration, can be found at The War Memorials Trust.
A number of grant programmes exist to fund groups and communities to conserve the war memorials they care about - historic war memorials funding & protection In Memoriam 2014 – a national project to locate, log, maintain and then protect the nation's war memorials.
Applications for permission or consent can be submitted online via the national Planning Portal; or download the relevant national standard 1APP forms. Just select 'South Staffordshire Council' from the LPA dropdown menu.
Telephone: (01902) 696000
South Staffordshire Council