Conservation & heritage

Peel statueWe have seven conservation areas and 175 listed buildings and approximately 80 locally listed buildings throughout the borough. These are areas of special architectural or historic interest, which deserve careful management to protect that character. As you would expect, stricter planning controls apply. 

We need your views to Shape the Historic Environment
The Council has recently carried out a review of each of the seven conservation areas, which were last done in 2007 and 2008. The appraisals define the special architectural or historic character of each of the conservation areas that justify designation and the action needed to protect and enhance it. You can read each of the appraisals below:

The council has recently carried out public consultations on each of the seven Conservation Areas in the borough from November 2016 to January 2017. A further version of the Draft Conservation Area Management Plans can be accessed here.

Please contact us before starting any work. We will be able to offer you advice and guidance as well as listed building or conservation area consent.

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: