Buying a listed building in Bolsover - should you take the risk?

The idea of owning a character listed property is an alluring one. The reality is, however, not for the faint-hearted. If you are planning to buy a listed building in Bolsover - here?s what you need to be aware of.

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What do I need to know?

The starting point is to look into what status of listed building the building is, this will set out what you can and cannot do.

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 can and can't I do?

Listed building restrictions are in place to preserve a property's historic or architectural value. These controls prevent unconsented alterations (for example changing windows or doors) to the listed parts of the building.

Examples of what may be listed include anything from glazing to types of stone used in the building.

I want to make alterations

If purchasing a listed property, any changes to the property must have been granted formal planning and listed building consent from Bolsover District Council.

What if modifications have already been made?

The required consents should exist if a listed property in Bolsover has been altered by the seller.

Owning a listed property without the proper consents for modifications is illegal. The liability for the correct permissions being in place will be transferred to the buyer.

Will there be any obligations on the purchaser?

As the owner of a listed building in Bolsover, you must keep the home in a good state of repair.

If you fail to do so, Bolsover District Council may take legal action, and may require you to sell the property to the council if you refuse to comply.

Any maintenance often must be performed in an appropriate manner, e.g. period masonry.

Directory of listed properties in Bolsover

There exist around half a million listed properties in England and Wales, and around 209 of which are in Bolsover District Council.

Listed buildings in and around Bolsover include:

  • 40 Market Place, Old Bolsover, Bolsover, Derbyshire
  • Railway Goods Shed Immediately To East Of Langwith Maltings, Scarcliffe, Langwith, Bolsover, Derbyshire
  • Hardwick Hall, Ault Hucknall, Hardwick Park, Bolsover, Derbyshire
  • Group Of Six Statues In The Gardens Of Hardwick Hall, Ault Hucknall, Hardwick Park, Bolsover, Derbyshire
  • Range Of Outbuildings And Stables, And Walls Enclosing A Courtyard To South Of Hardwick Hall, Ault Hucknall, Hardwick Park, Bolsover, Derbyshire

A list can be found on the Historic England website

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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