Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act
The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act is a UK Act of Parliament introduced in 1990 that changed laws relating to the granting of planning permission for building works, with a particular focus on listed buildings and conservation areas. It created special controls for the demolition, alteration or extension of buildings, objects or structures of particular architectural or historic interest, as well as conservation areas.
Buildings may be listed for a number of reasons:
- Architectural interest (such as design, decoration or craftsmanship).
- Historic interest (for example, if the building is representative of a particular type).
- Historic association (association with nationally important people or events).
- Group value (part of a larger ensemble).
For more information, see Listed buildings.
Conservation areas are areas that have been designated as being of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Conservation area controls, as established by the Act, apply in addition to normal planning controls.
For more information, see Conservation area.
The contents of the Act include:
- Part I Listed Buildings.
- Chapter 1 Listing of special buildings.
- Chapter II Authorisation of works affecting listed buildings.
- Chapter III Rights of Owners etc.
- Chapter IV Enforcement.
- Chapter V Prevention of Deterioration and Damage.
- Chapter VI Miscellaneous and Supplemental.
- Part II Conservation Areas.
- Part III General.
- Part IV Supplemental.
- SCHEDULE 1: Buildings Formerly Subject to Building Preservation Orders.
- SCHEDULE 1A: Lapse of Interim Protection.
- SCHEDULE 1B: Decisions on Reviews by Person Appointed by Welsh Ministers.
- SCHEDULE 2: Lapse of Building Preservation Notices.
- SCHEDULE 2A: Local listed building consent orders: procedure.
- SCHEDULE 3: Determination of Certain Appeals by Person Appointed by Secretary of State.
- SCHEDULE 4: Further Provisions as to exercise of functions by different authorities.
For more information, see Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 and listed buildings.
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