Amenity society

In England and Wales, an amenity society is an organisation which monitors planning and development in a conservation area or other sensitive area.

National amenity societiesEdit

National amenity societies preserve historic art and architecture and operate at a national level. In England, the six principal societies are statutory consultees on alterations to listed buildings, and by law must be notified of any work to a listed building which involves any element of demolition.[1] These societies are:

In addition to the above societies, the Garden History Society is a statutory consultee in relation to planning proposals likely to affect registered historic parks and gardens.[2]

Local amenity societiesEdit

City of WestminsterEdit

In the City of Westminster, amenity societies are statutory consultees on planning matters including planning and listed building applications within their area.[3] Recognised amenity societies in Westminster include the Marylebone Association, Westminster Society, Residents Society of Mayfair and St James’s, The Belgravia Society, and The Soho Society.[4]


  1. ^ Department for Communities and Local Government (24 March 2015), Arrangements for handling heritage applications Direction 2015,, retrieved 5 August 2015
  2. ^ "Schedule 4 (s)", The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015,, 18 March 2015, retrieved 5 August 2015
  3. ^ Westminster City Council Cabinet Member Report - Review of Amenity Societies and Payment of Grant, 2008. Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Recognised Amenity Societies in Westminster" (PDF). Westminster City Council. 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2020.