Buying a listed building in Cradley Heath - key things to know?

Listed buildings can be very desirable to own. Features like thatched roofs and stone archways exude period character. However, ownership means that you will have specific obligations that might impact the ways you can use and modify the house.

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First steps

First check out what grading of listed building the property you intend to buy is. This will explain what you can and can't 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 will my responsibilities be?

Listed building restrictions are put in place to preserve a property's architectural or historic interest. These building controls prevent alterations without consent (for example adding rooflights) to the listed fabric of the building.

Typical examples of listed elements range from doors to roofs.

I want to make alterations

Listed Building Consent and Building Regulations Approval from Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council for any changes is required if you are purchasing a home with listed building status.

What do I do if the property has already been modified?

Failing to obtain listed building consent for modifications is an offence. The responsibility for the correct permissions being in place will be transferred to the buyer.

What obligations does the new owner have?

As the owner of a listed building in Cradley Heath, you must keep the house in a good state of repair.

The local council can take formal action if you fail to take care of the property and permit the property to fall into decay, ending in compulsory purchase.

Any maintenance will often need to be undertaken in an appropriate manner, for example period brickwork.

Find listed properties in Cradley Heath

Somewhere in the region of 500,000 listed buildings exist across the country, 216 of which are in Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.

Listed buildings and properties in and around Cradley Heath include:

  • Cross Base Approximately 5 Metres East Of Haden Hill Hall, Haden Hill Park, Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath, Oldbury,Old Hill, Oldbury, Sandwell
  • Cradley Heath Baptist Church, Corngreaves Road, Cradley Heath, Oldbury, Sandwell
  • Two Pairs Of Gate Piers And Linking Walls 70 Metres South Of Corngreaves Hall, Corngreaves Road, Non Civil Parish, Cradley Heath, Oldbury, Sandwell
  • Corngreaves Hall, Corngreaves Road, Cradley Heath, Oldbury, Sandwell
  • Haden Hill Hall, Haden Hill Park, Barrs Road, Cradley Heath, Oldbury,Old Hill, Oldbury, Sandwell

A list can be found on the Historic England website

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

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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