Listed buildings are designated by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and are defined as buildings of ‘special architectural or historic interest’. Owning or carrying out work on a listed building places a greater responsibility of care to ensure that the integrity of the building is not adversely impacted on. Tight controls apply to both internal and external alterations to the existing fabric of the building as well as extensions and alterations to certain outbuildings, such works are likely to require Listed Building Consent from the Local Planning Authority. If you are unsure whether a property is listed or what grade the listing is this can be checked online by visiting Historic England’s web site: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/ .
Listed building are categorised into the following grades:
Grade I listed buildings are those of exceptional interest, such as large country houses, churches or castles.
Grade II listed buildings are of special interest and 86% of listed buildings fall into this group. This grade, however, has a sub- group known as Grade II* which is awarded to buildings with some extra merit, for example, a fine interior.
Despite the different grades, it is important to remember that the legislation is the same for all of them. Besides buildings, other structures, such as bridges, milestones, walls and even telephone kiosks, can also be listed.
If you are considering altering your listed building or carrying out development within a Conservation area it is always best
to discuss it informally with the Councils Conservation specialists before having detailed plans drawn up. This can save you both time and money. In order to make a listed building consent application you will require scaled drawings, showing exactly what you propose to do. These should be submitted together with completed application forms. The good news is that there is no fee payable to the Council. Should the application be refused, you have the right to appeal to the Secretary of State.