What does a CAAC do?
The main part played by a CAAC in the planning process is to provide a local focus and local knowledge in respect of conservation and heritage matters.
The work of the CAACs focuses on commenting upon planning and conservation area consent applications. In determining applications in conservation areas, planning officers and planning committee members benefit from the local knowledge that can be gained from the observations and comments provided by the local CAACs. To read the CAAC's comments under specific planning application please see – Planning applications (Please note: a planning application reference number or property address will be needed to search the planning application database.)
CAAC also comment on our proposals within conservation areas for public works (other than general maintenance) to the highway, public open spaces and other Council managed space.
They can also recommend buildings for statutory listing by contacting English Heritage, assist in reviews of our register of local listed buildings of merit, and make comments on the contents of draft conservation area character appraisals and other draft planning policies.