Planning Portal

Businesses: Demolish Property

Generally speaking, you will not need to apply for planning permission to knock down a building, unless an Article 4 direction has restricted demolition or alterations that could normally be carried out as permitted development.  
If you decide to demolish a building, even one which has suffered fire or storm damage, it does not automatically follow that you will get planning permission to build a replacement.

Listed buildings, buildings in conservation areas and areas of townscape and village character

You do not need to make a planning application to demolish a listed building or to demolish a building in a conservation area. However, you will require listed building or conservation area consent.
A planning application is required to demolish a building in an area of townscape character or an area of village character.

Fences, Walls and Gates

Generally speaking, you will not need to apply for planning permission to take down a fence, wall,or gate, or to alter or improve an existing fence, wall or gate (no matter how high) provided the height is not increased.  However, within a conservation area, you may require Conservation Area Consent and if the proposed works would affect the character of a listed building you may require Listed Building Consent.
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