Since 1 October 2013 Conservation Area Consent has not been necessary for demolition of an unlisted building or enclosure in a conservation area, but the requirement now is to obtain approval for the demolition by planning permission (a change introduced by the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013). Failure to receive approval before such demolition is a criminal offence.

It is important to note that the permitted development right for demolition of buildings is not available in relation to unlisted buildings in a conservation area. This means that if you want to demolish an unlisted building in a conservation area you must obtain express planning permission from the relevant planning authority.

For more information please contact:

Charlotte Dyer
Charlotte Dyer
Senior Associate, Planning, London
+44 20 7466 2275