Buildings of Townscape Merit
Within the borough there are many buildings that due to their historical associations, architectural style, visual interest or siting within an area, are of significance to the history and character of the local environment. However, they may not possess sufficient interest to warrant statutory listing as being of ‘special architectural or historic interest’ by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Instead the Council may, following consultation with owners, designate them as Buildings of Townscape Merit. The majority of Buildings of Townscape Merit are found in the 72 conservation areas and there is a general presumption against their demolition.
Many different types of building are designed as being of townscape merit ranging from houses and cottages, which form the vast majority of entries, to shops, churches, public buildings, railway stations and industrial premises. Buildings from any age, even of a recent date, can be included.
More information about Buildings of Townscape Merit:
Update to Buildings of Townscape Merit planning information
The Council is consulting on an update to the Buildings of Townscape Merit planning information. The document sets out designation criteria along with the Council’s approach when considering proposals for alteration, extension or replacement of Buildings of Townscape Merit. The updated document includes only minor amendments in order to bring the document in line with current policy. To view the draft Buildings of Townscape Merit Supplementary Planning Document and for further information on the public consultation on this draft document, please go to the Supplementary Planning Documents consultation webpage.