Planning - listed buildings and conservation areas
Listed buildings are included on a list of buildings of special architectural or
historic interest compiled by Historic Scotland on behalf of the Scottish
Ministers. The term 'building' is defined broadly in the legislation and can
include, for example, walls, fountains, statues, sundials, bridges, bandstands
and telephone boxes.
There are 3 categories of listed buildings:
Category A - Buildings of national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type.
Category B - Buildings of regional or more than local importance, or major examples of some particular period, style or building type which may have been altered.
Category C(s) - Buildings of local importance, lesser examples of any period, style or building type, as originally constructed or moderately altered; and simple, traditional buildings which group well with others in categories A and B or are part of a planned group such as an estate or an industrial complex.
Conservation areas are designated by the planning authority as being areas of special architectural or historical interest.
Conservation areas are areas of special character or appearance, which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Conservation areas have additional planning controls (Article 4 Directions) to ensure that the special character of the area is preserved and enhanced. Conservation areas are designated and afforded statutory protection under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.