Conservation and Design

Our Conservation and Design Team provide specialist guidance and advice on rich and diverse collection of built heritage within the borough. The team provide advice on listed buildings, planning proposals for new developments and alterations to existing buildings, as well as a range of other projects.

If you'd like to contact our team, please email: conservationanddesign@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Listed buildings

There are around 2,500 listed buildings across the borough, 86 of the buildings are Grade I listed, 180 are Grade II* and the remainder are Grade II listed

You can find out whether your building is listed:

Locally listed buildings

Distinct from listed buildings, locally listed buildings have been identified as having local interest and importance. The identification as a locally important building comes with no additional restrictions, but any works to the buildings should recognise their interest and be sensitive to that.

You can find out whether your building is identified as of interest, using our interactive map.

Further advice and guidance on local listings is available from Historic England, as well as the Cheshire Local List Project.

Historic parks and gardens

Certain public parks and both public and private gardens are identified as being of special interest. Further information about which landscapes are covered can be found on our interactive map.

Chester Characterisation Study

In 2012 the Chester Characterisation Study was completed. This document is an assessment of the character of the built environment and natural and designed landscape, as derived from its heritage and history.