Buying a listed building in Ellesmere Port - what you must know

Listed buildings are often very desirable to own. Features like historic building materials and brick buttresses exhibit character and charm. However, ownership means that you will have specific obligations that might impact your plans for how you use your house.

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What are the issues with Listed Building ownership?

First check out what grading of listed building the property is, as this will detail which parts of the property are affected.

Grade I

Grade I are buildings of exceptional interest

Grade II*

Grade II* buildings are particularly important and of more than special interest.

Grade II

Grade II are buildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them.

What are the restrictions?

Listed building restrictions are put in place to preserve a property's architectural or historic interest. These restrictions are in place to stop unlawful modifications (for example changing windows or doors) to the home.

Examples of what may be listed can range from window frames to fireplaces.

Alterations to a listed building

When buying a listed property, any alterations or modifications to the property, that affect its character, must have planning and listed building consent from Cheshire West and Chester Council.

What if the seller has made alterations already?

The necessary consents must be in place if a listed property in Ellesmere Port has previously undergone alterations.

The obligation for making sure all consents have been granted defaults to the new owner. Failing to obtain the proper consents for any alterations is an offence.

Will there be any obligations on the owner?

First among the obligations of listed building owners is a requirement to keep the home well-maintained.

Should you opt not to do so, Cheshire West and Chester Council can take legal action, and may ultimately force you to sell the property to the authority if you fail to comply.

Your repair work may need to be performed in a like for like manner, such as timber and thatch roofing.

Find listed properties in Ellesmere Port

Around 500,000 listed buildings exist across the country, 2,642 of which are in Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Listed buildings in and near to Ellesmere Port include:

  • Southern General Service Hangar (Building 18), Hooton Park Aerodrome, Airfield Way, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire West And Chester

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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