Remember, remember the 5th November…

Published November 6th, 2015

On 5 November every year, the effigy of Guy Fawkes is still burned on bonfires across England in recognition of his part in the failed ‘Gunpowder Plot’ of 1605.  Fawkes didn’t devise or lead the plot to assassinate James I, so why is he still singled out as one of British history’s greatest villains more than 400 years after his death?  18 months of careful planning was foiled with just hours to go, when he was arrested at midnight on 4 November 1605 beneath the House of Lords. Thirty-six barrels of gunpowder were found stacked in the cellar directly below where the king would have been sitting for the opening of parliament the next day.

At this time of year I wonder if Guy Fawkes was aware of the implications and the trouble he’d get into under The Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 – with his attempt to blow up a Grade I listed building within a conservation area and UNESCO world heritage site?!  The proposed renovation of the Houses of Parliament alone is estimated to cost £3 billion in today’s market.

A ‘listed building’ is a building, object or structure that has been judged to be of national importance in terms of architectural or historic interest and includes a wide variety of structures, from castles and cathedrals to milestones and village pumps.  Buildings are listed to help protect the physical evidence of our past, including buildings, which are valued and protected as a central part of our cultural heritage and our sense of identity. Historic buildings also add to the quality of our lives, being an important aspect of the character and appearance of our towns, villages and countryside.

Whilst you may not have a scheme as ambitious as Guy Fawkes you should be aware that under the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, any works undertaken to a listed building, without relevant listed building consent, is a criminal offence.

When a building is listed, it is listed in its entirety, which means that both the exterior and the interior are protected. In addition, any object or structure fixed to the building, and any object or structure within the curtilage of the building since 1948, are treated as part of the listed building.  Nothing should be altered without the prior approval of the local planning authority.

If you are in any doubt or doing any work to a listed building, within a conservation area or an Article 4 Direction area please come and speak to us for professional advice and assistance.



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More about Amy Henson

Planning Consultant
Tel: 01743 239025
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Amy became a member of the Berrys planning team in November 2013, joining from a senior planning position at Shropshire Council. She completed her 4 year undergraduate Masters of Planning at the University of Liverpool and she is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Amy has worked for a number of local planning authorities across the midlands as both a senior and principal planning officer including but not limited to Birmingham City Council and Northampton.  She has over 10 years public sector planning experience and 3 years of private sector planning experience.  Amy specialises both urban and rural planning, particularly in managing complex, major residential and commercial planning applications. She has a sound working knowledge of all aspects of planning including enforcement, planning policy and development management and regularly holds planning seminar updates for the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce for property and commercial members.