What is a listed building?
Listing marks and celebrates a building's special architectural and historic interest, this brings it under the consideration of the planning system, so that it can be protected for future generations. The older a building is, and the fewer the surviving examples of its kind, the more likely it is to be listed.
Historic England estimates there are around 500,000 listed buildings on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE), and highlights three different types of listing:
- Grade I: This means the property is of ‘exceptional interest’. Only around 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade 1 listed.
- Grade II*: This means the property is important and considered of more than special interest. Around 5.8% of listed buildings fall into this category.
- Grade II: This means the building is of special interest. Many listed buildings (around 92%) fall into this category.
All buildings constructed before 1700 are likely to be listed, as are many of those built between 1700 and 1850. Some modern buildings are listed too if they are considered of special importance, such as the Royal Festival Hall and the BT Tower in London.
Listed Building Consent is required for all work to a listed building that involves alterations, extensions or demolition and will affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The local authority will determine the special interest of a designated property.
The requirement applies to all types of work and to all parts of the house covered by the listing if its special interest will be affected. Listed Building Consent may also be needed for buildings on land associated with a listed building. This also stands for those looking to demolish a listed property.
Along with listed buildings certain trees are also categorised for preserving and protecting. Some listed properties will have trees with a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). A Tree Preservation Order prohibits most works to a tree, including cutting down, topping, or lopping. The local authority can advise if a tree is protected in this way. If it is, applications for consent are necessary before any work can be carried out.
There are a good many listed buildings in and around the Taunton area, some of which are no strangers to us at Wilsons. We are familiar with the care required in handling the sale of such properties and welcome enquiries from anyone requiring further information regarding their sale or purchase.
In the meantime, as Springtime fast approaches, if you, or anyone you know is considering a sale of a property, listed or not, call us now for a free open market valuation and we’ll be delighted to visit. With an acute shortage of property for sale and an ever increasing number of buyers, there’s rarely been a better time to sell!
By Ben McCaskey