Why are we reviewing the Wellington conservation area?
Wellington conservation area was last reviewed in 2006 and is due a review. As part of the review,Telford & Wrekin Council is also looking at extending the conservation area boundary and we are inviting the public to comment.
Where can I see a map of the proposed Wellington conservation area boundary changes?
What is a Conservation Area?
Conservation areas are designated at a local level by the Local Authority as 'areas of special historic and architectural interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve and enhance'. The Government requires local planning authorities to undertake an appraisal for each conservation area, to define why an area is of special historic or architectural interest. This work was initially undertaken for Wellington's conservation area in 1981 with the area formally being designated in January 1982.
What does it mean if a building is within a conservation area?
Within a conservation area you may need planning permission for certain works that you otherwise would not, but you still have many 'permitted development rights' for some works, minor changes and extensions without consent. Even where permission is required, this does not necessarily mean that no alterations will be possible, only that we must take into account the overall historic character and appearance of the area when making planning decisions. We will always try to negotiate alternative solutions that meet your requirements but still respect the special character of the area.
More specifically, being within a conservation area means:
- The Council is required to take into account the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character and appearance of the conservation area when considering planning applications.
- The demolition or substantial demolition of a building within a conservation area will usually require planning permission from the Council. It is now a criminal offence to carry out demolition in a conservation area without planning permission.
- Cutting down a tree or doing any pruning work requires notifying the Council six weeks in advance. This is to give the Council time to assess the contribution the tree makes to the character of the conservation area and if the works would damage this.
How is the review being carried out?
Site surveys were undertaken to appraise the special characteristics of the Wellington conservation area and the areas immediately surrounding it and to identify aspects of the area where enhancement is sought. This review also includes an updated management plan which sets out how we plan to approach the future development of the area. We also invited the public to comment on the proposed boundary revision and the revised appraisal and management plan.
We hosted a public presentation about the Wellington conservation area on Thursday 9 December 2021. This online session explored why conservation areas are important and what it means to live or work in one, with questions and answers at the end.
How can I comment on the Wellington conservation area review?
The consultation is now closed.
Last updated: 22/12/2021 08:32