Buying a listed property in Esher - what you must know

Listed buildings can be very desirable to own. Architectural features such as historic building materials and flying buttresses ooze period charm. Owning a listed building comes with a set of responsibilities and restrictions that can compromise how you use the property.

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What do I need to consider?

Before you do anything else, check out what classification of listing yours is, this will set out what you can and cannot do.

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 restrictions will I need to be aware of?

The regulations governing listed buildings exist to preserve a property's architectural or historic interest. These restrictions prevent unconsented alterations (such as adding rooflights) to the listed fabric of the building.

Typical examples of listed elements can range from window frames to types of render.

Making alterations to a listed building in Esher

If you plan to buy a listed building, any changes to the home will need to have planning and listed building consent from Elmbridge Borough Council.

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

If a listed building in Esher has previously been altered, the required consents should exist.

The responsibility for making sure all consents have been granted will be transferred to the new owner. Failing to obtain the proper consents for alterations or extensions is illegal.

What will the purchaser need to do?

Owners of listed buildings in Esher will be obliged to maintain the property.

The local authority can take formal action if you fail to take care of the property, and may ultimately force you to sell the property to the authority.

Appropriate techniques and materials, for example ornamental plasterwork and period masonry, should be used (where necessary) when performing repair work.

Directory of listed buildings in Esher

There are more than half a million listed properties across the country, and around 520 of which are in Elmbridge Borough Council.

Listed buildings and properties in and near to Esher include:

  • Stoneleigh House, Ferry Road, Thames Ditton, Esher, Elmbridge, Surrey
  • High House, 154 Bridge Road, East Molesey, Esher, Elmbridge, Surrey
  • Simpson Way, Long Ditton, Surbiton, Kt6 4Er, Long Ditton, Esher, Elmbridge, Surrey
  • 1-8 Tinmans Row, Downside, Cobham, Esher, Elmbridge, Surrey
  • Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton, Non Civil Parish, Thames Ditton, Esher, Elmbridge, Surrey

A list can be found on the Historic England website

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