Is your property in a conservation area?
You can find out if a property is in a conservation area by:
Planning Controls in Conservation Areas
- changes to external features like doors and windows
- satellite dishes
- alterations to roofs
- the demolition and erection of garden walls
- building new structures or extensions
- demolishing buildings.
Demolition in Conservation Areas
Please note that in a conservation area you need permission for the demolition of an unlisted building and permission to take down any wall, gate or fence. From 1 October 2013, the Government has changed the legislation so there will no longer be the requirement to submit a separate application for conservation area consent for the demolition of these structures in a conservation area, demolition works in conservation areas will now require planning permission. This change means that whilst the permission of the Council is still required, it is no longer necessary to submit two applications for development proposals involving the demolition and replacement of a building in a conservation area (one for planning permission and one for conservation area consent). The existing fee exemption will continue to apply where the planning application relates solely to demolition works.
Article 4 Directions
Additional controls are applied to minor developments within certain conservation areas in the form of Article 4 Directions. These directions can control small-scale change that can gradually erode the character of a conservation area, such as alterations to windows and doors or the creation of car parking space at the front of a property. Where an Article 4 Direction is applied, planning permission would be required for specified developments.
Article 4 Direction, apply in three of Dudley's conservation areas: Love Lane, the Leasowes and part of Mushroom Green.