There are estimated to be 500,000 listed buildings in England and Wales. Listed buildings are properties of historic and architectural interest and are strictly protected under planning legislation.
Listed buildings are categorised into three grades:
Grade I listed buildings would be described as being of exceptional architectural and historic importance and are rare to find. Examples include The Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. Approximately 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I.
Grade II* listed buildings are of particular national and architectural important or special interest, they make up approximately 6% of all listed building.
Grade II listed buildings are of special interest and make up 92% of all listed buildings, residential homes tend to fall within this category.
Listed Building Consent
Listed building consent is required for all works of demolition, alteration or extension to a listed building. It does not automatically mean work cannot be carried out on the building, it just means an application must be submitted and approved by the Local Authority.
A listed status and the restrictions it brings with it applies to the whole building and often includes any buildings that are attached or are within the curtilage of the listed building. The listing also protects anything that could be considered as a fixture to the listed building.
If work requires listed building consent it is a criminal offence to carry out that work without first securing consent.
If proposals effect the external appearance of a building then planning consent is usually required in addition to listed building consent. Both applications are submitted together but generate two separate consents.
If you are unsure whether or not work requires listed building consent or you would like to discuss your project please call us on 01227 840 460 to speak with James himself or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This weeks blog post discusses the main points to consider when you are thinking of making changes to your listed property.
This year we decided to take part in the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) National Maintenance Week to raise awareness of the importance of identifying and repairing buildings in their early stages of decay.