Any proposed work to a listed building, or external work to a non-listed building in a conservation area, which could affect its character as a building of special architectural or historical interest, requires listed building consent or its equivalent.
The Ecclesiastical Exemption (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas)(England) Order 2010 gives exemption from listed building and conservation area consent for the Methodist Church and the other main denominations. The relevant legislation for Wales is The Ecclesiastical Exemption (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Order 1994.
The Methodist Church have a system of control for dealing with applications for work of alteration or repair, which complies with a Code of Practice agreed with Government. As part of this system, the Connexional Conservation Officer consults with English Heritage, the local planning authority and the relevant national amenity societies about works that would otherwise require listed building consent.
At earliest possible stage, it is strongly recommend that managing trustees should contact the Connexional Conservation Officer. These early discussions can help the managing trustees realise the suitability of the proposed work and at the same time help abide by the legal requirements.