Listed Building Case Studies:
Listed buildings are considered to be of national importance and are subject to additional legal protection.
Listed properties are identified on the National Heritage List for England which will include in its detail three categories of significance:
- Grade I – of exceptional interest
- Grade II – of more than special interest
- Grade II – of special interest
Most listed building owners are likely to live in a Grade II building as these make up 92 per cent of the total number.
Once a building becomes listed this applies to the whole of the property internally and externally unless Historic England have excluded any part of it.
Altering a listed building requires listed building consent which is accompanied in the planning application with a heritage impact report.
The report is prepared by a specialist architectural historian who surveys the property and considers the impact of proposed works on its heritage value.
Some properties are locally recognised as of historical note and are locally listed.
Although not considered to be as significant as a listed building, these are deemed to make a positive contribution to a location’s character because of their heritage value.
These may be in a conservation area and the local authority may have certain conditions about any alterations to the building.