When managing trustees are developing their proposals, discussions with the Connexional Conservation Officer at the earliest stage can help managing trustees realise the suitability of the proposed work and at the same time help abide by the legal requirements.
Conservation Officer has produced a range of guidance notes regarding works to historic buildings. These guidance notes can be found on the Conservation pages of The Methodist Church in Britain website
Before the Connexional Conservation Officer can begin the formal consultation process, further details will need to be provided which sufficiently explain the proposals. On receipt of these details, the Connexional Conservation Officer will consult with English Heritage (or Cadw for listed buildings in Wales), the local planning authority and the relevant national amenity bodies about the proposed work. In some cases the Connexional Conservation Officer may refer a proposal to the Listed Buildings Advisory Committee.
After formal consultation has ended and all comments have been considered, the Connexional Conservation Officer will prepare a Section 98 approval report which records the decision made.
It is important that managing trustees obtain this listed building (or conservation area) approval before the Consent Giving body can issue their final consent to the proposed project.
Please note that the planning permission is separate to the listed building approval (or conservation area approval) issued by the Connexional Conservation Officer and it is the managing trustees responsibility to ensure they approach their local planning authority to check whether planning permission is required and if so to apply for this accordingly. It is recommended that managing trustees discuss their proposals and obtain listed building approval (or conservation area approval) before applying for planning permission, as some details may be required to change as part of the listed building processes.