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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:

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:

  1. Chapter 1 Listing of special buildings.
  2. Chapter II Authorisation of works affecting listed buildings.
  3. Chapter III Rights of Owners etc.
  4. Chapter IV Enforcement.
  5. Chapter V Prevention of Deterioration and Damage.
  6. Chapter VI Miscellaneous and Supplemental.

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (ERR) 2013 introduced a number of changes to the Act.

For more information, see Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 and listed buildings.

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