Planning guide produced for World Heritage Site residents

Telford & Wrekin Council has produced a guide for residents of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site to help them make informed choices in relation to planning decisions.

Planning guide produced for World Heritage Site residents

It provides useful advice for residents considering making changes to their house or land surrounding the property.

The World Heritage Site is also designated as the Severn Gorge Conservation Area to ensure the special character and appearance of the Gorge are taking into account in planning decisions.

Planning directives mean that permission may be needed for relatively minor works so the overall character of the Gorge is not harmed by small scale alterations.
Additional designations, such as Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments, Tree Preservation Orders and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are also in place to protect the character of the World Heritage Site as a whole.

This guide details background information as to why the Gorge is a World Heritage Site and explains the need for the additional measures required to protect the built and natural environment of an area with this status.

Councillor Carolyn Healy, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for the Visitor Economy, the Historic and Natural Environment and Climate Change, said: “This document is something that I started before I became the Ironbridge ward councillor and dates back to my membership of the Gorge Parish Council.

“It is designed to be a critical friend, helping residents to make informed decisions relating to planning applications that make the whole process of applying for planning considerably smoother.

“We know that living in a World Heritage Site means that applying for changes to your property is not as straightforward as living in a place that does not have that special status so anything we can do as a council to make life easier for residents has to be a good thing.

‘“As residents we are all custodians of the World Heritage Site and I hope anyone who wants to make a change to their environment will find this guide helpful as they draft their planning application.”
The guide advises on what to consider when making any alterations.

Essential information in the guide includes:

• What is planning permission required for ?
• What is a Listed building and when is Listed Building Consent required?
• Archaeological matters
• Ecological considerations.
• Tree Preservation Orders and Trees in Conservation Areas 
• Access and Parking
• Land stability and flooding – planning considerations and why.
This guide can be viewed online and will be available at the offices of the Gorge Parish Council.

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