Q: What kind of alterations to properties within Conservation Areas need permission?
A: It is always best to check with the Planning Department before starting any work to see if permissions are required and the proposed work is going to be acceptable. Alterations to properties in commercial use as flats, offices, storage, shops, guesthouses and hotels invariably require planning permission. Listed buildings are protected by law in order to preserve their authentic historic and architectural features and interest. Any work that would alter their special character would require prior consent.