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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.
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.