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 aspects of character or appearance that define an area's special interest.
To find out whether planning permission is needed for works within a conservation area, or to make an application, please visit the Development Management pages.
Conservation Areas within Stafford Borough
There are 30 Conservation Areas in Stafford Borough. The designated boundaries and Conservation Area Appraisals for each can be viewed via the following: List of Conservation Areas.
Conservation Area Appraisals
Under Section 69.2 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, 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.
Meaford Conservation Areas is currently under review and will be subject to public consultation in due course.
Article 4 Directions
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.
- Stone Article 4 and guidance on its application
- Eccleshall Article 4 and guidance on its application
- Map of Eccleshall Article 4 Direction
- Burton Manor Village Article 4