There are currently around 500,000 listed buildings in England of which the majority (over 90%) are listed as Grade II. They are defined into the following categories:
- Grade I Buildings are those of exceptional interest
- Grade II* Buildings are particularly important of more than special interest
- Grade II Buildings are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them
When looking at the treatment to a period property, the issues of damp, timber decay, condensation and structural integrity requires specialist consideration in terms of the type of work that can be carried out, the building techniques that can be used and the use of materials that are available and sympathetic to the property.
Once a building is listed or if in a conservation area, prior consent must be sought from the Local Planning Authority before amendments are made to a building. Listed Building Consent should be obtained by formal application to the relevant Borough Council and advice should also be sought from the local conservation officer. There are strict legal requirements which must be adhered to as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. This act is further supplemented by various government guidance documents, including the National Planning Policy Framework published in March 2012 and by other key organisations including English Heritage and National Trust.
Failure to comply with these rulings and carry out work that is unauthorised can be considered a criminal offence and can lead to prosecution.
Maintenance, repair and restoration for ecclesiastical buildings needs a similar sympathetic and specialist approach to that of listed buildings. Although Listed Building Consent is not required, planning permission is still needed and local authorities will take into consideration the effect of works on its character and appearance.
Proten Services offer specialist expertise
Proten Services take historical property treatment seriously, and we know how important it is to take the appropriate care and precautions when dealing with historically listed properties. Our team are here to help and with a wealth of knowledge and experience we will give your property the care that it deserves whether you are looking for a diagnosis and recommendations, or for someone to carry out the work for you.
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