A listed building has special architectural or historic interest and is protected from unsuitable changes or demolition.
In addition to the national list there is a local building list of properties that have special local importance.
Works to listed buildings
If you want to alter or extend a listed building in a way that affects its character or if you want to demolish it, you must first apply for listed building consent. This can also apply to outbuildings on the same land.
It is generally possible to find satisfactory ways to make additions or alterations, with specialist and/or professional advice and guidance.
Carrying out unauthorised works to a listed building is a criminal offence and individuals can be prosecuted. As the planning authority we can insist that all work carried out without consent is reversed.
In all cases you should ask for advice by emailing Development Management or call 01293 438512.