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Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2023

Section 119 — Power of planning authority to issue temporary stop notice

456.Section 119 gives a planning authority the power to issue a temporary stop notice to put an immediate halt to any or all works to a listed building that they consider to be unauthorised or to contravene a condition of a granted listed building consent. The planning authority may only issue a notice if it considers that the works ought to be stopped immediately, having regard to the effect of the works on the character of the building as one of special architectural or historic interest.

457.Subsections (2) to (4) specify the required content of a temporary stop notice and make provision for display of a notice. The works specified in the temporary stop notice need not include all of the works that are underway. For example, a planning authority may wish to stop the alteration or removal of a particular feature, such as a window, which is part of a wider programme of works, but may be satisfied that the remainder of the programme of works has been authorised by listed building consent or consists of simple repairs that will not affect the character of the building.

458.Subsection (3) requires the planning authority to display a copy of the notice on the listed building and the copy must specify the date on which it is first displayed. Subsection (4) however provides that if it is not reasonably practicable to display a copy of the notice on the building or its display on the building might cause damage, the authority may instead display a copy in a prominent place as near to the building as is reasonably practicable.

459.While the planning authority may serve copies of the notice on interested parties under subsection (5), only display of a copy of the notice as specified in subsection (3) is needed for the immediate suspension of the specified works.

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