Under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 local authorities have the power to designate as conservation areas, any areas of 'special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.'
Designation gives control over certain types of demolition or alteration to buildings, and provides the basis for policies designed to preserve or enhance all the aspects of character or appearance that define an area's special interest.
Please see the list of Conservation Areas within Stafford Borough. Stafford Borough's Conservation Areas are also viewable through the Local Plan proposal maps as part of the Stafford Borough Local Plan 2001.
Under Section 69.2 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, it states that Local Planning Authorities are obliged to review their Conservation Areas in order to justify their future status, and make amendments to boundaries where considered necessary. The Council has an ongoing review of its Conservation Area underway. Currently, Stafford Borough has eight revised Appraisals adopted:
Stone Conservation Area Appraisal (October 2008) (pdf 42mb) - (adopted)
Stafford Conservation Area Appraisal (November 2011) (pdf 2mb) - (adopted)
Trentham Park Conservation Area Appraisal (February 2013) (pdf 11mb) - (adopted)
Bradley Conservation Area Appraisal (August 2013) (pdf 4mb) - (adopted) and Bradley Conservation Area adopted boundary (August 2013)
Hanchurch Conservation Area Appraisal (September 2013) (pdf 4mb) - (adopted)
Gnosall Conservation Area Appraisal (November 2013) (pdf 22mb) - (adopted)
Article 4 Directions (within Conservation Areas)
Article 4 Directions can be issued within Conservation Areas in order to give further protection from potential harmful development of unlisted buildings. The provision of such a direction is given under the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, and withdraws certain permitted development rights, such as removal of timber windows, doors, chimneys and painting of previously unpainted brickwork. Like for like repairs are usually permitted but dialogue with the conservation officer is recommended. Currently, there are three Article 4 Directions designated within Stafford Borough.