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22 January 2020

Recently we have seen a rise in applications involving listed buildings. Listed buildings are graded based on their significance and importance which affords protection to their special architectural and historic interests. The majority of listed buildings are considered to be Grade II and make up approximately 91.7%. Grade II* make up a further 5.8% and are deemed buildings of more than special interest. Grade I buildings are buildings or structures of exceptional interest and comprise 2.5% of all listings. Many other buildings in close proximity may be “curtilage” listed and are afforded similar protections to help preserve the setting of listed buildings.

If you own a listed building or one which is curtilage listed, you are still able to apply for planning, however you will require a comprehensive and sensitively prepared planning application coupled with a listed building consent application. Permitted Development Rights are not applicable to listed buildings.

Unauthorised works to a listed building is a criminal offence and any individuals carrying out the works, and those who have instructed them, can face prosecution by the local authority.

Planning Case Study – Listed Agricultural Barns

We have recently secured full planning permission and listed building consent for the conversion of a group of listed barns within a small hamlet in Bedfordshire. The permission will enable the retention of a valuable set of traditional barns in an attractive hamlet setting. We worked with our clients to gain planning for three substantial dwellings extending to 675 sqm of floor area.

The site presented a number of constraints including the listing of the barns and their location in a sensitive setting, highway visibility and overall impact on heritage assets. We worked proactively throughout with the planning authority, firstly providing a detailed site appraisal followed by a pre-application enquiry leading to the preparation of a detailed planning application. The process involved a number of revised layouts to overcome some technical issues and latterly the provision of an acceptable alternative access to the site which enabled the scheme to be approved.

Our client was delighted with the result and will be instructing Robinson & Hall’s agency team to market the barns with the benefit of full planning permission.

We work closely with our in-house design team who have a wealth of experience in dealing with buildings of architectural or historic interest. If you have a listed building and wish to explore the planning potential and requirements, please contact one of the members of the Planning Department.

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