Conservation Area consent

Conservation Area Consent was abolished under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (2013) and replaced with a requirement for planning permission for the demolition of a building in a conservation area. The circumstances in which such planning permission is required and the consequences of failing to apply for it when needed are the same as applied to conservation area consent.

It is an offence for a person to carry out or cause or permit to be carried out relevant demolition without the required planning permission. In regards to demolition itself, it is defined as:

The demolition of a building that -

(a) Is situated in a conservation area in England; and
(b) Is not a listed building, certain ecclesiastical (church) buildings, Scheduled Ancient Monuments and buildings described in a direction of the Secretary of State.

If you are unsure as to whether you require planning permission for demolition works within a conservation area, it is recommended you contact a Duty Planning Officers on 01438 242159 or by email Duty planning officers are available between 9am and 1pm Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, you can seek pre-application advice from us regarding any proposal which involves demolition in a conservation area. Please visit our pre-application advice and interactive house webpage for more information on this service.

To make a full planning application for demolition works in a conservation area, you can apply online via the national Planning Portal. Alternatively, if you wish to download a copy of the application form, please visit our Full Planning Consent page.

Related pages

Stevenage conservation areas

Submit an Application

Contact details

Development Management Team
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242838