Free conservation advice
Do you need to know whether your building is listed or in a conservation area?
Do you need advice on repairs and renovations to your historic building?
You may contact us at any time with questions on heritage assets of any type, designated or non-designated. If you call, please ask for a member of the conservation team to respond. If we are not immediately available, we will be in touch as soon as possible.
When a building is listed it means that there are additional planning controls that apply to that building, both inside and out.
You will therefore need to apply for listed building consent for work that involves altering, extending or demolishing your home where it affects its special architectural or historic interest. This is in addition to any planning regulations which would normally apply.
Owning a listed building can seem daunting, and the need for consent a potentially frustrating or inconvenient process. In recognition of these concerns, our conservation team is able to provide free advice on all aspects of repairs and renovations to your listed building.
This free service is specifically available to prospective applicants for listed building consent. Where necessary, this can include a site visit or meeting and review of further information via email or letter. We cannot extend this advice to include planning matters and you will need to approach the local planning authority using the formal pre-application process (fees applicable).
However, exceptions can be made for heritage at risk.
How to get involved
There are lots of ways you can get involved in the conservation of our fantastic and varied heritage, from identifying less well-known heritage sites in the district to proposing sites and buildings for designation, and the review and appraisal of conservation areas.
How to get a historic building or site protected through listing
Concerned about the future of a historic building? Do you know something that makes a building of national significance? You can apply for a historic building or site to be protected through the listing system by completing Historic England's online application form.
Share your knowledge and enrich the list
The national list has more than 400,000 entries, from town houses to tower blocks, to tombstones, barrows and bunkers, palaces and pigsties, plague crosses and piers, cathedrals, windmills and rollercoasters.
You can share images, insights and secrets of England's special places, and capture them for future generations by enriching the list. Please share your knowledge with the conservation team too!
New conservation areas or areas that might be suitable as extensions to an existing designated area may be identified in a number of ways, including through work undertaken by local communities on neighbourhood plan or in response to development proposals, pressures for change or a new awareness of significance through processes such as local listing.
If you have identified areas which have a special interest and character or appearance possibly meriting consideration for designation by the local planning authority, contact the conservation team.
Please note, however that local planning authorities must ensure that an area justifies designation as a conservation area because of its special architectural or historic interest, so that the concept of conservation is not devalued through the designation of areas that lack special interest.
We have a programme for reviewing conservation areas, and we are drafting appraisal documents and other relevant statements for each. Public consultation is a vital aspect of this process and we welcome your views.
Local heritage listing is a means for a community and a local planning authority to identify heritage assets that are valued as distinctive elements of the local historic environment.
In addition, it is recognised that the Localism Act 2011 has increased the role of communities in determining how planning decisions are made at the local level, including those involving heritage assets.
Communities can play a key role in preparing neighbourhood and work in preparing a neighbourhood plan may indicate buildings and sites which merit inclusion on the local list.
If you believe that a building or feature has local interest, contact our conservation team.
Current consultation documents
You will find draft guidance and other public engagement documents in this section. If you would like to comment on any of the documents, please send your comments to the Conservation Team.
Reporting an enforcement matter
If you notice works being undertaken to a designated heritage asset and suspect that they might be unauthorised (for example, alterations to a listed building, excavations within a scheduled monument, or demolition within a conservation area), please contact our conservation team or planning enforcement team as soon as possible.
Historic England's Midlands office will also be able to help, particularly in the case of scheduled monuments.
Lead and architectural theft is sadly a common problem throughout the region. We recommend that you contact the police if a crime is in progress.
All other matters can be reported through our enforcement protocols using the online form or by calling us on 01636 650000 or emailing email@example.com