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.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Are works to listed buildings demolition or alteration?
- Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Works.
- Conservation area.
- Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 and listed buildings.
- Listed buildings.
- Planning Act 2008.
- Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act.
- Planning legislation.
- Planning permission.
- Principles of conservation.
The Templar Hotel on Vicar Lane has been listed at Grade II by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.
Government has announced a new Champion for Modern Methods of Construction as part of the government’s drive to make the UK the global leader in housing standards.
Planning is about so much more than the number of applications approved and the speed of processing them so the RTPI is commissioning research aimed at producing a toolkit that can demonstrate a wider range of outcomes.
London blogger The Gentle Author has been photographing the changing face of London, focusing on what is known as ‘facadism’, the practice of destroying everything apart from the front wall and constructing a new building behind it.
Urgent repairs have been ordered to save one of the country’s most endangered buildings from dilapidation while Great Yarmouth Borough Council seeks an investor.
SNH has published new guidance on how best to fit pollinators into urban design and construction with a series of easy steps to suit all project budgets and sizes.
Applications are invited for the Sustainability Scholarship 2020, with successful applicants to receive £3000, support and mentoring from experts, and closing 29 November.
It was hoped the 1.4 mile (2.3km) Victorian Queensbury Tunnel could be used by cyclists travelling between Bradford and Halifax, but plans have been threatened.
Completing works that widened public access to the hidden architectural spaces and collections of Durham Cathedral showcases exceptional project management.
This month HSE is carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative with a focus in particular on measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts when carrying out common construction tasks.
Peterborough and Birmingham are the latest places to benefit from the Government Hubs programme to regenerate city centre sites.