Heritage Legislation- A Review Mike Pearson Heritage and Leisure Manager South Northamptonshire Council Local Government Health Warning Any views expressed are my own, and may not reflect those of the Council! What is a listed building?
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Heritage and Leisure Manager
South Northamptonshire Council
Any views expressed are my own, and may not reflect those of the Council!
A listed building is one which is of special architectural or historic interest.
It is protected by law and is identified by being included on a list of all buildings protected in this way.
The list is compiled by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). There are over 500,000 listed buildings in England.
A copy of the District’s List of over 1,800 buildings is available for inspection at SNC’s offices.
Government has been listing buildings since 1932.
A major resurvey was undertaken in the 1980’s and many more buildings were added to the List at that time.
Anyone can apply to the DCMS to add buildings to the List. SNC will be happy to advise on this.
Buildings are listed because the DCMS considers that they are of special architectural or historic interest.
Each building is judged by inspectors from English Heritage against a set of criteria -
Owners should be aware that listed building without obtaining Listed Building Consent.
any unauthorised works undertaken by
previous owners become your
responsibility. You could be liable for at
least the cost of the reversal of the works.
If a building is not being properly maintained, Council can serve a Building Repairs Notice on the owner requiring works to be undertaken within a specific time.
Failure to comply with such a notice could lead to compulsory purchase of the property.
It is advisable to ensure that your insurance company is aware of the Listed status of your building and that the amount of cover you have is sufficient to fully reinstate the building in the event of a major incident such as fire or flood.
At the moment, requests for individual buildings to be listed can be made to The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport at any time although priority treatment will be given to those which are under threat.
It is important to draw attention to any new evidence which may explain why the building’s special interest has previously been overlooked.
new consultation and appeal processes.