Listed buildings, conservation areas, scheduled monuments, heritage coasts are referred to as heritage assets

Listed Building Consent

Listed buildings are buildings which are considered to have so much architectural or historical interest that they need special protection. In England, listed buildings are divided into three categories – Grade I, II & II* with Grade I being of the greatest interest and Grade II the lowest. 92% of all listed buildings are Grade II with only around 2.5 % being Grade I.

Listed Building Consent is required whenever work that will alter the character of a listed building is proposed, this applies to both external and internal work. It is a criminal offence to make alterations to a listed building without the necessary consent, and even very small scale works have the potential to alter the character of a listed building, so if you are proposing to make changes check whether you need consent with the local planning authority or a professional planning consultant.

It is extremely rare for the wholesale demolition of a listed building to be permitted unless there is an imminent danger to life and limb.

Heritage Asset Statements

Any application that affects a heritage asset (which includes listed buildings, conservation areas, world heritage sites, sites of archaeological importance, scheduled monuments, or a locally important building) should be accompanied by a Heritage Asset Statement which sets out the importance of the asset affected and explains how the proposal will affect it.

Statements should be proportionate to the proposal so a significant proposal will require a substantial assessment, whereas a less significant proposal may only need a more basic assessment.

For further information regarding listed buildings or if you wish to discuss your project in detail, please contact the H&H Planning Team on 01228 406260 or email the team in confidence.