Any works for the demolition of a listed church building, or for its alteration or extension which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historical interest, requires listed building consent or its equivalent.
The Ecclesiastical Exemption (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas)(England) Order 2010 gives exemption from listed building and conservation area consent for the Methodist Church and the other main denominations. The relevant legislation for Wales is The Ecclesiastical Exemption (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Order 1994.
We have a system of control for dealing with applications for alteration which complies with a Code of Practice agreed with Government. As part of this system we consult English Heritage, the local planning authority and the relevant national amenity societies about works that would otherwise require listed building consent.
The proposals also have to be advertised locally by way of a site notice and, where external works are proposed, an advertisement in a local paper.