Buying a listed building in Benfleet - key things to know?

Listed buildings are often very desirable to own. Historic features like historic building materials and flying buttresses ooze charm. Ownership makes you a custodian of a piece of British heritage and means taking on a set of responsibilities that might impact your family's enjoyment of the house.

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First steps

The first steps are to look into what grading of listing yours is. The grade will help describe what your obligations will be.

Grade Ibuildings of exceptional interest
Grade II*particularly important buildings of more than special interest
Grade IIbuildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them

What are the restrictions?

The controls over what can and can't be done to a listed building are in place to preserve the historic or architectural value of the property. These building controls prevent alterations without consent (for example outbuilding conversion) to the property.

Typical examples of listed elements include anything from bay windows to thatched roofs.

Making alterations

Planning permission and listed building consent from Castle Point Council for any modifications or alterations is needed if you are purchasing a listed property.

What if the seller has made alterations already?

If a listed building has previously undergone alterations, the necessary consents must exist.

Failing to secure the correct planning consents for any modifications is considered an offence. The liability for making sure all consents have been granted will be assumed by the new owner of the property.

What obligations will the owner have?

As the owner of a listed building in Benfleet, you must keep the building well-maintained.

The local council can take legal action if you do not maintain the home, culminating in compulsory acquisition.

Your repair work may need to be performed in an appropriate manner, for example contemporary stonework.

Find listed properties in Benfleet

Roughly half a million listed properties exist across the country, 41 of which are in Castle Point Council.

Benfleet listed buildings and properties include:

  • Old Vicarage, Vicarage Hill, Benfleet, Castle Point, Essex
  • Street Lamp To West Of Number 23 High Street, The Close, Benfleet, Castle Point, Essex
  • 5 And 7 The Close, Benfleet, Castle Point, Essex
  • The Round House, 106 Benfleet Road, Benfleet, Castle Point, Essex
  • The Anchor Inn And Building Attached To Right, Essex Way, Benfleet, Castle Point, Essex

A complete list can be found on the Historic England database

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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