Developers will need to get planning permission before demolishing some buildings following a landmark judgment in the Court of Appeal today.
This morning, the court ruled in a case involving heritage body Save Britain's Heritage and the secretary of state for Communities and Local Government. The verdict introduces new controls over demolitions of buildings and structures under UK planning law.
Proposed demolitions that are considered to have significant effects on the environment will now be subject to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process as a result of a key Court of Appeal judgment last week.
The case centred on a decision by Lancaster City Council to authorise the demolition of the Mitchell's Brewery building in the city's Canal Corridor. The Brewery has now been listed, but SAVE Britain's Heritage carried on to seek a landmark ruling.