What is a Conservation Area?
Local authorities have a responsibility to designate Conservation Areas, which are defined as:
‘an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.' – Planning (Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas) Act 1990.
If you live, work or own property in a Conservation Area, certain responsibilities are placed on both you and the council to preserve or enhance that special character and appearance;
-In many cases, permission must be applied for to extend or demolish a part of a property;
-Proposals for new development, signs and advertisements will need to be sensitive to their surroundings, and;
-The council must be notified where works are proposed to prune or fell a tree.
Conservation Areas normally contain a large number of listed buildings. These are either individual buildings or building groups that are of special architectural or historic interest. Anyone who owns or lives near to a listed building should be aware that these are subject to their own special legal protection.
South Staffordshire's Conservation Areas
South Staffordshire currently has 19 conservation areas. Information on each conservation area can be viewed by clicking the links in the table below.
The smallest conservation area is the one at Chamberlain's Lane, Penn Common. This adjoins the Vicarage Road & Woodlands Conservation Area of Wolverhampton City Council. Similarly, the Weston-under-Lizard Conservation Area extends southwards beyond both the District and County boundary into Shropshire and Tong Parish. Three of the conservation areas cover lengths of canal and these only relate to those portions of the lines within South Staffordshire. The remaining lengths of canal are protected by similar designations in adjoining local authority areas.
Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans
Since the conservation areas were designated, many settlements have grown and in some cases this growth has had a significant effect on the character of some conservation areas. It is, therefore, necessary to keep the boundaries of conservation areas under review and to consider possible amendments to them. The council is committed to re-appraising its conservation areas and to producing management plans for each one of them on a regular basis.
The revised Conservation Areas with Management Plans and Appraisals included Buffer Zones. These are areas in which inappropriate development would have an adverse effect upon the character and integrity of the buildings and land within conservation areas. Almost all of the newly designated conservation areas have Buffer Zones. The Council will seek to ensure that development within Buffer Zones preserves or enhances the special interest of the conservation area and causes no harm to that special interest. Buffer Zones are also seen as being important in protecting accustomed views into and out from conservation areas by ensuring that they remain protected from inappropriate forms of development, and seeing that due regard is paid to accustomed views in the formulation of public realm works or enhancement schemes.
Further Conservation Area Information and Guidance
See the Further Conservation Area Information and Guidance page for additional advice .
Telephone: (01902) 696000
South Staffordshire Council