Buying a listed property in Clacton On Sea - key things to know?

The prospect of living in a desirable listed property is a tempting one. The reality is, however, not for the faint-hearted. If you are thinking of buying a listed building in Clacton On Sea - here?s what you need to consider.

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First steps

The first thing to do is look into what grading of listing the property is, as this will detail which parts of the property are affected.

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?

Listed building restrictions exist to preserve the architectural or historic value of the property. These controls prevent unconsented alterations (for example the addition of a Velux window) to the listed fabric of the building.

Examples of listed elements include anything from glazing to roofs.

Can I make alterations to a listed building in Clacton On Sea

If you intend to buy a listed building, any alterations or modifications to the building must have received formal planning and listed building consent from Tendring District Council.

What if the property has been altered already?

The necessary consents must exist if a listed building in Clacton On Sea has been altered by the seller.

Owning a listed property without listed building consent for any alterations or extensions is illegal, and the liability for making sure all consents have been granted will be passed to the new owner.

Will there be any obligations on the purchaser?

As the owner of a listed building in Clacton On Sea, you will be obliged to keep the building in a good state of repair.

If you do not and permit the property to deteriorate, the local authority can take legal action, and may require you to sell the property to the council if you refuse to comply.

The works may need to be performed in an appropriate manner, such as period joinery.

Directory of listed buildings in Clacton On Sea

There are more than half a million listed buildings in England and Wales - around 1,002 of which are in Tendring District Council.

Listed buildings in and near to Clacton On Sea include:

  • Church Of St James, Beatrice Road, Clacton On Sea, Tendring, Essex

A complete list can be found on the Historic England website 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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