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Applying for listed building consent

If you’re considering a project that involves making alterations to a listed building or its curtilage, you’ll usually need to apply for specific consent for the works. Alan Tierney reveals how you can win approval
Whilst the Edmonsons’ home wasn’t listed, the barn next door was – so when they set about creating a light-filled kitchen extension

We’re lucky in the UK to be blessed with some of the world’s most impressive architecture – and our heritage housing stock is a big part of that. The best examples, those considered to be of special architectural or historic interest, are protected under a listing regime, which is split into three categories:

Grade I – buildings of exceptional interest (2.5% of listed structures)

Grade II* – examples of more than special interest (5.5%)

Grade II – properties of special interest (92%)

This is a devolved matter so the law in Scotland, though similar in principle, varies in detail (grades of listing are A, B and C). In Wales it is currently the same as in England but a review is underway that will lead to significant changes in the future. There are thought to be approximately 500,000 listed buildings in England. We don’t know the exact number, because one listing can cover anything from a boot-scraper through to an entire row of terraced houses.

Why are buildings listed?

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The December edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project a success – including: • A unique modular home (page 20) • How to get basement extensions right (page 62) • 15 renovation ideas to add value and kerb appeal (page 66) • Will smart heating save you money? (page 73) • The latest woodburner trends and costs (page83) … and much more!