Community Advice Hub

Welcome to the Community Advice Hub. This is where you and your community can find out about your place and how to look after it. You can find out how the planning process works and how you can get involved and get important information about listed buildings, conservation areas and protected archaeology. In addition, we can offer you some routes into researching and finding out more about your place, looking after particular types of site or building and how to go about taking ownership of the particular parts of your area that’s of value to your community.

Conservation Areas and Streets

  • Conservation Areas

    Here you can find out about planning and Conservation Areas.

  • Tell Your Council

    You might have ideas to look after a particular part of your place. Do you care about the quality of your surroundings? Are you concerned about a local conservation area? Do you want to do something about it? Here’s some ideas about when and how to contact your local council.

  • Improve Your Street

    There are lots of ways to look after your historic place. Here’s some advice on keeping your streets tidy. It might help you to be part of a residents or community group, that way you'll have strength in numbers.

Transferring Local Sites or Buildings to Your Community

Have you ever thought about taking on a building, as a community and for your community to use? Maybe a pub that’s closing down, or a community centre, or even a church. Perhaps the local council wants to get rid of assets it can’t afford to maintain any more but you see it as of value to your place. Community-based organisations are taking on responsibility for managing buildings that were formerly owned by local authorities. This ‘asset transfer’ to your community helps prevent these assets, which are often local landmarks, from falling into decay or inappropriate use. Often these buildings are placed on a list called ‘assets of community value’.

  • Assets of Community Value

    This advice on 'asset transfer' explains what the local council should do and what you as a community group need to do, including case studies. Why not phone your council and find out who to talk to.

  • How to Save a Building

    Are you worried about a building in your area? Perhaps it is a landmark building that means something to you and your neighbours? Perhaps it is not now getting the care it needs or is the subject of rumours that it is going to be redeveloped? Here are some of the ways which might help you save it.

  • Vacant Historic Buildings

    Perhaps you’ve acquired a historic building that’s been empty for a while: here is some advice about what to do.

  • Guide for Owners of Listed Buildings

    It might be that the building you are taking on is listed. The most likely council buildings will often be Grade II which means that they are the responsibility of the council. Get in touch with your council’s Conservation Officer if you need advice. Anything higher than Grade II would need to be discussed with Historic England. Here is our owner's guide to listed buildings.

  • Listing Selection Guides

    Our range of advice on listing specific types of buildings

  • Conserving Georgian and Victorian terraced housing

    A historic overview and guide to managing change of terraced housing to understand the buildings and what is special about them.

  • Retrofit and Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

    How to retrofit to improve the energy efficiency of older buildings in ways that are sympathetic to their historic character.

  • Flooding Advice

    How to inspect, conserve and repair historic buildings after flooding, as well as ways to prevent flood damage in the first place.

  • Scheduled Monuments. A Guide for Owners and Occupiers

    There are lots of other things that are valuable to your place or area, such as archaeological sites that need preservation and might be of interest to your community. Whereas buildings are listed, archaeological remains are scheduled. This is the protection that allows the preservation of remains.

  • Improving Accessibility

    Thinking about the potential use of a building or site, it is important to ensure accessibility for all members of your community.

Finding Grants

Do you want to repair a building or memorial, or fund some research? These links will show you how to apply for grants.