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Demolition in a conservation area

When to use a Demolition in a conservation area application

You can use this application type to apply to demolish the following structures in a conservation area:

  • any building with a total cubic content exceeding 115 cubic metres (measured externally)
  • any gate, fence, wall or railing over 1 metre high next to a highway (including a public footpath or bridleway) or public open space or over 2 metres high elsewhere

The structure must not be:

  • a listed building
  • an ecclesiastical building (being used for ecclesiastical purposes)
  • a Scheduled Monument
  • a building specified in a direction by the Secretary of State

When you are ready, you can submit your planning application on the Planning Portal.

Apply for planning permission 

Validation checklist for Demolition in conservation area applications

Required for all Demolition in a conservation area applications

  • Application form

    What you need to do

    Provide your contact information and details about the works you want to do.

    Make sure you:

    • use the 'Demolition in a conservation area' application form from the Planning Portal
    • fill in all relevant parts of the form
    • sign and date the application form before you submit it

    If you're not able to submit your application online, download copies of all application forms from the Planning Portal website.

    Why we need this

    This is a national requirement set out in The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) 2015 (as amended).

  • Ownership certificate

    What you need to do

    The certificate confirms who owns the application site. The certificate information is included as a section of the application form. You must complete and submit either Certificate A, B, C or D with your application form.

    There are four certificate types and two Notice types:

    • Certificate A - Sole ownership and no agricultural tenants
    • Certificate B - either you're not the owner but know who is or you are not the sole owner but you know who the other owners / agricultural tenants are; you need to also complete Notice 1
    • Certificate C - either you're not the owner but you know some of the other owners / agricultural tenants or you're an owner but only know some of the other owners / agricultural tenants; you need to also complete Notices 1 and 2
    • Certificate D - either you're not the owner and do not know the owner(s) or you're an owner but do not know any other owner(s) / agricultural tenant(s); you need also to complete Notice 2

    Download Notice 1. (PDF, 127kb)

    Download Notice 2. (PDF, 127kb)

    Why we need this

    This is a national requirement set out in The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) 2015 (as amended).

  • Location Plan

    What you need to do

    Submit a plan of the site showing the application site in relation to the surrounding area.

    Make sure you:

    • scale plans at 1:1250 or 1:2500 and include a scale bar on each plan, on A4 or A3 paper size 
    • use an up-to-date base map
    • show roads or buildings on land adjoining the application site (labelling at least two roads)
    • outline the application site clearly in red; this must include all land required for access to the site from a public highway, visibility splays, landscaping, car parking and open areas around buildings
    • outline any additional land under the ownership of the applicant in blue if it immediately adjoins the proposed area

    Read more about how to prepare a valid plan.

    Why we need this

    This is a national requirement set out in The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) 2015 (as amended).

  • Site Plan

    What you need to do

    Submit a plan of the site showing the development in relation to the boundaries and existing on-site buildings.

    Make sure you:

    • scale plans at 1:100 or 1:50 and include a scale bar on each plan, on A4 or A3 paper size
    • include an arrow to show the direction of north
    • clearly label and number all immediately adjoining buildings and all main roads surrounding the site
    • outline the application site clearly in red. This must include all land required for access to the site from a public highway, visibility splays, landscaping, car parking and open areas around buildings
    • outline in blue any other land within the applicant's control that is close to or adjoining the application site

    Read more about how to prepare a valid plan.

    You can use an external service to buy a site plan.

    Why we need this

    This is a national requirement set out in The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.

  • Heritage Statement

    What you need to do

    Submit an assessment of the significance of heritage assets and their settings affected by the development. Assess the impacts that the development might have on these assets.

    Refer to the council's Heritage SPD for guidance and details of what you should include in the statement.

    Why we need this

    To ensure that heritage assets are protected and enhanced by development.

    Relevant planning policy:

    • London Plan 2021 Policies D1, D2, D4, HC1, and HC2
    • Southwark Plan 2022  policies P13, P14, P15, P16, P17, P18, P19, P20, P21, P23, P24, P25, and P26

 

Page last updated: 17 July 2024

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