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Dudley's Historic Environment

The historic environment is all around us and forms the physical backdrop to our everyday lives. Dudley Borough, in particular, has a rich and diverse character which has been shaped by the activities of people of the area over a long period of time. As a result the individual townships of the Borough have their own distinctive character that make Dudley a very special place in which to live and work.

The Historic Environment Section works to conserve the locally distinctive historic character of the Borough as a whole, both within historic townships and also in the spaces between and beyond them, rather than simply focusing upon special elements or areas. This includes giving advice on issues relating to:

Historic environment record

The Dudley Historic Environment Record (HER) is a computerised, map-based, index record of all known heritage assets in the Borough. It includes paper resources containing detailed information.

The HER for Dudley is now available through the Heritage Gateway. It can be accessed from the link below:

Historic maps of Dudley

Dudley Council provides an online archive of historic mapping and aerial photography. the facility allows you to select the address you wish to locate to display the current mapping at that location; you can then choose to view historic mapping and aerial imagery.

Conservation area character appraisals

Find out how appraisals are carried out and download a copy of the appraisals for the conservation areas in the borough.

Historic landscape characterisation

Information on urban Historic Landscape Characterisation and the studies carried out in Brierley Hill, Stourbridge and the Glass Quarter.

Dudley townscape heritage initiative

Leaflets, guidance and information for property owners and occupiers on this heritage-led regeneration scheme.

Supplementary Planning Document

The Council has produced a Supplementary Planning Document for the Historic Environment, which was adopted in 2017.

DCMS Vision & Strategy for Heritage and the Historic Environment

On December 5th 2017, DCMS published the Government's vision and strategy for heritage and the historic environment. The policy document can be downloaded from the DCMS website at the link below

  • Planning helpdesk

    Contact - Historic environment team

    Telephone 01384 814136 

  • Strategic Planning and Historic Environment, Planning and Economic Development, Directorate of Place, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HL

  • Monday to Friday, 8:45 am - 5:00pm, please note that the offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays.