Published: 12th Feb 2020

Damien Egan, the Mayor of Lewisham, and 13 national and local amenity societies are urging the government to give councils greater powers to protect local heritage buildings. They have written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to call for national planning legislation to be amended so that local authorities are fully empowered to protect local heritage buildings and assets of community value from developers seeking to demolish them. Lewisham is home to over 500 locally listed buildings, ranging from Victorian public houses to traditional shop fronts, dating back as far as the seventeenth century. However, the council’s ability to protect them from developers is limited by national planning legislation. If a developer owns a building that has local historical significance and wants to demolish it, they do not require full planning permission from the council to do so. They only need to make a ‘prior … (To read the full article, subscribe below)