If you currently reside in, or are thinking of investing in listed property, it is important to understand listed building legislation. The Planning Act of 1990 was passed in England and Wales for this purpose. It is important to note that Scotland has its own sets of laws and listed building legislation. If you require assistance and are not sure if you can make alterations to your listed build, contact Bristol Builders Network for impartial advice.
Listed Building Legislation : Authorisation of Works
As you will be well aware, making alterations to listed buildings is not straightforward and permission must be granted. To alter or extend your listed build you will need written consent by your local planning authority as well as from the Secretary of State. Consent will be given if the alterations are to be executed according to the terms and conditions attached to it.
Listed Building Consent : Demolition
Once again, demolition work can only be carried out if its consent has been granted. A notice of proposal must be given to the Royal Commission before any work can be carried out. Once permission has been granted, for a period of one month, you must provide reasonable access to the build. This is for officers from the Royal Commission to enter and record the works to be carried out. Once recording of the building has been carried out, and this has been stated in writing, demolition can start. Once again, there are strict terms and conditions attached to the work and the way in which it must be carried out.
Listed Building Legislation : The Royal Commission
The Royal Commission in England refers to the Commission on the Historic Monuments of England. In Wales, it differs slightly and refers to the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.
Owning a listing building in England and Wales is seen as a privilege. You own a part of English or Welsh history. You own something that should not be tampered with unless totally necessary. Asides works that you deem should be carried out to improve the safety of your build and restoration works, it is not generally deemed suitable to alter the exterior of your build.
In England and Wales there are three subsections of listed buildings, the vast majority being Grade II. If you have the pleasure to own such a building, you are in ownership of part of the heritage of the country.
Listed buildings do of course require maintenance work to be carried out. This can include things such as fixing a roof, replacing rotting window frames, or removing or stabilizing a dangerous chimney stack. These kinds of works should be carried out by professional tradesmen. Tradesmen who are specifically trained to deal with listed buildings. Bristol Builders Network can supply you with reliable and trustworthy tradesmen for your build. But, remember, before you plan any work to be carried out on your property, make sure that you are aware of the Planning Act of 1990 and what it means for your build.