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Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

Listed Buildings

The Government prepares lists of buildings it believes have special historic or architectural interest. Because of their importance, they are protected by special controls. The Statutory Public Register of buildings which are 'listed' as being of special architectural or historical interest for Mansfield District is held by Planning and Regulatory Services.

If a building is listed, its alteration, extension, demolition, or changes to the boundary walls and outbuildings requires Listed Building Consent as well as any planning permission. Many alterations, including internal works, which do not need planning permission still need Listed Building Consent. The owner of a listed building has it on trust for future generations and so the penalties for carrying out works without consent (a criminal act) are severe. Because a building is listed, it does not mean that consent would not be granted for alterations, but it is likely to mean that they must be of the highest standard, and that some details or materials will not be accepted - for example UPVC window frames. In recognition of the greater costs of maintaining and improving listed buildings the government does make grant aid available through English Heritage, we can give you advice about this, please contact the Conservation and Design Group using the link under the Contact header.

Requests can be made by the Council or a member of the public for other buildings to be added to the list at any time. The list can be inspected at the Mansfield District Council offices at the Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, Notts. Use the following link to view the register on our website. The Council can also serve a Buildings Preservation Notice to save a building of special architectural or historic interest which is not listed. A range of other actions can also be taken to safeguard and make sure the repair of historic buildings.

You can view and download our Listed Buildings Consent forms from the Planning Forms page.

For further advice or information, please contact Planning and Building Control Technical Support or Conservation Teams using the links under the Contact header or visit our Conservation and Heritage pages.

Conservation Areas (Planning Issues)

Conservation Areas are areas with special characteristics which are worthy of protection and enhancement. Once a Conservation Area is designated, the Council is able to control new development more closely than would normally be the case. This extra control is to protect our historic heritage because if buildings or structures of value are lost, they cannot be replaced.

Many features, both large and small, contribute to the quality of Conservation Areas and relatively minor works such as the replacement of windows and doors can potentially have a harmful effect. However, the designation of a Conservation Area is not intended to prevent future development - our most historic areas have evolved over the centuries and must continue to do so, but in a sensitive way. Strict controls apply to demolition or the felling or lopping of trees in Conservation Areas, and all planning applications are expected to make a positive contribution to the area. For more information on carrying out works to trees in Conservation Areas, please go to our Trees and Hedgerows page.

You can view and download our Conservation Area Consent forms from the Planning Forms page.

For further advice or information, please contact Planning and Building Control Technical Support or Conservation Teams using the links under the Contact header or visit our Conservation and Heritage pages.

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