There are 22 Conservation Areas in Dudley Borough. Some are canal centred, some are set around open space or canals and others around local shopping or residential centres. They are a particularly important part of the Borough's heritage, which the Council is committed to preserving and enhancing.
Appraisals analyse and describe the character and appearance of an area. They should be used alongside existing statutory planning policies, detailed guidance and site-specific development briefs to provide additional information for development proposals.
Conservation Area Character Appraisals and Management Plans have been produced for the following Conservation Areas in Dudley:
Brierley Hill High Street Character Appraisal
Castle Hill Character Appraisal
Delph 'Nine' Locks Character Appraisal
Dudley Town Centre Character Appraisal
Dudley Town Centre Conservation Area Management Plan (CAMP)
Love Lane, Oldswinford Character Appraisal
Stourbridge Branch Canal (Amblecote)
Stourbridge Branch Canal (Canal Street)
Stourbridge Sixteen Locks Character Appraisal
Wordsley Hospital Character Appraisal
You can find out if a property is in a conservation area by:
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.
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.