Conservation & heritage

Peel statueThe historic environment is an important consideration in planning decisions and these considerations can range from impact upon buildings and structures, as well as their settings. Heritage Assets also come in a number of forms, such as Listed buildings and structures, Conservation Areas, Registered Parks and Gardens, Scheduled Ancient Monuments and battlefields.

Consultations currently being held

We are currently undertaking a consultation on the Locally Listed buildings of Architectural and Historic Interest. The consultation ends on the 31st May 2017, and further details are located here Local List Review Consultation.

Listed Buildings

Tamworth Borough has a total of 175 listed buildings, 3 of which are Grade I, 3 of which are Grade II* and the remaining which are Grade II. Listed buildings are considered to be of national/international architectural and historic importance and are designated by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Works to a Listed Building requires additional Listed Building Consent and will cover both internal and external alterations to the building, as well as potentially any outbuildings or structures which are considered to be within the curtilage of the listed building. A description of each of the listed building is found here.

Conservation Areas

A Conservation Area is an area of land which has been defined by the Council as having special architectural and/or historic interest. In these areas, there is a requirement under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 to preserve or enhance the character and/ or appearance of the area. The Act also states that local planning authorities should formulate and publish proposals for their preservation and enhancement which are typically found within Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans which should be updated every five years.

Tamworth has a total of 7 Conservation Areas and in these areas there are additional controls over the demolition of buildings, as well as the requirement for the Council to consider the preservation and enhancement of the character and appearance of buildings and structures when determining planning applications.

  • Albert Road/ Victoria Street
  • Amington Hall Estate
  • Amington Green
  • Dosthill,
  • Hospital Street
  • Tamworth Town
  • Wilnecote

During 2016 each of the conservation areas were reviewed and a new management plan developed to manage each of the areas for the next 5 years. In March 2017 Cabinet adopted all of the 7 Conservation Management Plan Review documents,the final versions of the appraisals and management plans are located here. 

Locally Listed Buildings

A locally listing has been designated by the Council as being of local historic and or architectural interest. A local listing can be applied to a number of buildings or structures, as well as monuments, parks or gardens. Local listings are not statutorily designated and do not have the same status as buildings of national significance. The current local list can be viewed here.

Conservation Grant Scheme

We also operate a grant scheme for owners of listed buildings and historic buildings. This could provide between 30% and 50% towards the work. The budget for the current financial year has been fully committed and no further applications will be accepted at this stage.

What's the grant for?
Financial help may be available if you own a statutory listed building, a locally listed building or any historic building in one of the borough's conservation areas.

How do I apply?
Please read our guidance and download an application form. You need to obtain three written quotations for each item of maintenance work and two estimates for specialists works.  Please fill in separate forms for each item of work.

Grants are currently offered on a first-come-first-served basis. They cannot be given for work that has already been carried out. If you sell the building within three years of receiving the grant, you will have to repay all or part of it.

What sort of works does the grant cover?

  • Repairs: roof, doors, windows, shop fronts, internal and external architectural features
  • External walls, stone and brickwork, including repointing
  • Damp proofing and treatment of rot
  • Structural repairs such as stabilisation of foundations
  • Repair and replacement of boundary walls, railings, stone setts,traditional brick paving.

Do I need to apply for planning permission?

If you are carrying out like-for-like repairs or replacements you should not need to apply for planning permission. However, if you are proposing to change the external appearance of a building, you will need to apply for planning permission. If your building is covered by an Article 4 Direction and you want to make changes to features covered by the Direction, you will also need to apply for planning permission, which will be free of charge.

If you are planning on carrying out any work on a listed building, please contact the Conservation Officer who can tell you if you need to obtain planning permission.

Contact: Tel: 01827 709282 or 709282. Email: planningadmin@tamworth.gov.uk