Conservation Areas

Under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 local authorities have the power to designate as conservation areas, any areas of 'special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.'

Designation gives control over certain types of demolition or alteration to buildings, and provides the basis for policies designed to preserve or enhance aspects of character or appearance that define an area's special interest.

To find out whether planning permission is needed for works within a conservation area, or to make an application, please visit the Development Management pages.

Conservation Areas within Stafford Borough

There are 30 Conservation Areas in Stafford Borough.  The designated boundaries and Conservation Area Appraisals for each can be viewed via the following: List of Conservation Areas.

Conservation Area Appraisals

Under Section 69.2 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, Local Planning Authorities are obliged to review their Conservation Areas in order to justify their future status, and make amendments to boundaries where considered necessary.

Current Reviews:

Meaford Conservation Areas is also currently under review and will be subject to public consultation during Summer 2017.

Recently Adopted Appraisals:

Walton on the Hill: On 6 March 2017 Stafford Borough Council resolved to revise the boundary of the Walton on the Hill Conservation Area and adopt the Walton on the Hill Conservation Area Appraisal (pdf 6.7mb) to be used as a planning material consideration. The document defines the special historic character and appearance of the area and can be used to guide proposals within the area.

Church Eaton: On 6 March 2017 Stafford Borough Council resolved to revise the boundary of the Church Eaton Conservation Area and adopt the Church Eaton Conservation Area Appraisal (pdf 4mb) to be used as a planning material consideration. The document defines the special historic character and appearance of the area and can be used to guide proposals within the area.

Moddershall Valley: On 4 May 2016 Stafford Borough Council resolved to revise the boundary of the Moddershall Valley Conservation Area and adopt the Moddershall Valley Conservation Area Appraisal (pdf 6.5mb) to be used as a planning material consideration. The document defines the special historic character and appearance of the area and can be used to guide proposals within the area.

Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal: On 3 March 2016 Stafford Borough Council resolved to revise the boundary of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Conservation Area and adopt the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Conservation Area Appraisal (pdf 8mb) to be used as a planning material consideration. The document defines the special historic character and appearance of the area and can be used to guide proposals within the area.

Forton and Meretown: On 3 March 2016 Stafford Borough Council resolved to adopt the boundary of the Forton and Meretown Conservation Area and adopt the Forton and Meretown Conservation Area Appraisal (pdf 7mb) to be used as a planning material consideration.  The document defines the special historic character and appearance of the area and can be used to guide proposals within the area.

Shropshire Union Canal: On 4 February 2016 Stafford Borough Council resolved to revise the boundary of the Shropshire Union Canal Conservation Area to include the Norbury Canal Junction within it and adopt the Shropshire Union Canal Conservation Area Appraisal (pdf 6mb) to be used as a planning material consideration.  The document defines the special historic character and appearance of the area and can be used to guide proposals within the area.

Hilderstone: On 8 December 2015 Stafford Borough Council resolved to revise the boundary of the Hilderstone Conservation Area and adopt the Hilderstone Conservation Area Appraisal (pdf 2.47mb) to be used as a planning material consideration. The document defines the special historic character and appearance of the area and can be used to guide proposals within the area.

Tixall: On 5 November 2015 Stafford Borough Council resolved to revise the boundary of the Tixall Conservation Area and adopt the Tixall Conservation Area Appraisal (pdf 2.21mb) to be used as a planning material consideration. The document defines the special historic character and appearance of the area and can be used to guide proposals within the area.

Fulford: On 5 November 2015 Stafford Borough Council resolved to revise the boundary of the Fulford Conservation Area and adopt the Fulford Conservation Area Appraisal (pdf 1.87mb) to be used as a planning material consideration. The document defines the special historic character and appearance of the area and can be used to guide proposals within the area. 

Conservation Area Appraisals and current designated boundaries for all of Stafford Borough's 30 conservation areas can be viewed via the link to " List of Conservation Areas' to the right of this page.

Article 4 Directions

Article 4 Directions can be issued within Conservation Areas in order to give further protection from potential harmful development of unlisted buildings. The provision of such a direction is given under the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, and withdraws certain permitted development rights, such as removal of timber windows, doors, chimneys and painting of previously unpainted brickwork. Like for like repairs are usually permitted, but dialogue with the conservation officer is recommended. Currently, there are three Article 4 Directions designated within Stafford Borough.