Consent is required for demolition or partial demolition of a building, even if the building is not listed. The Planning Unit can offer advice on which cases need permission, and you should always check in advance when considering any demolition works. 

New development, alterations or extensions: The Council can request any additional information as it considers necessary to support a planning application, particularly information to show how a development proposal is designed to address its setting in the Conservation Area. This can mean the submission of elevations of neighbouring buildings, full details of the proposal and examples of materials and colours to be used.

The design of new buildings or the alteration or extension of existing buildings in a Conservation Area should be carried out with sensitivity. This requires particular architectural and historical understanding, knowledge, judgement, skill and care and should be appropriate to and influenced by the nature of the site, its context to, and setting within the established special character of the area.

The Council will require a higher standard of design, including such issues as scale, height, form, massing, density of development, detailed finishes and quality of materials.

Shop Fronts and Signage: Where planning permission and/or consent to advertise is sought for shop fronts and signage, consideration will be given as appropriate to traditional or more modern interpretations of shop front design depending on the context of the area within which they are located. High standards of design and use of quality materials are encouraged, which will contribute positively to the aesthetic appearance of the overall streetscape.

Any traditional features on existing shop fronts such as decorative ironwork, carved or moulded timber, decorative plasterwork, terracotta tiling, stonework, glazed tiles and coloured glass should be retained and restored where necessary.

Security shutters are discouraged and will only be considered where essential for the business use. If necessary they should be an integral part of the design stage and fully integrated into the frontage of the building. Internal lattice shutters, colour coded to match the shop front are less likely to compromise the external appearance of the shop, allowing for a window display while not creating a dead frontage at night.

Awnings will be considered only where necessary for the functioning of the business. These should be well-designed and sensitively located, to fit in with the style of the shop front and the character of the building. . All canopies and blinds should also clear the pavement and meet Department for Infrastructure requirements.

Please note: Further detail on the processes involved is set out in the Department for Infrastructure’s Practice Note 05 Historic Environment.