Buying a listed building in Hazel Grove - what you must know

The dream of owning a listed property is an exciting one. Buying such a property is something to do with your eyes open. If you are planning to buy a listed building in Hazel Grove, the following advice will help you consider the idea.

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What do I need to consider?

The first steps are to check out what designation of listed building the house is. The grade will help describe what your obligations will be.

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 will my obligations be?

The controls over what can and can't be done to a listed building are in place to preserve a property's historic or architectural value. These controls are in place to stop unlawful modifications (e.g. adding UPVC frames) to the listed elements of the property.

Typical examples of listed parts could include anything from casement windows to types of render.

Can I make alterations

Planning and listed building consent from Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council for any alterations will be needed if you are buying a listed property.

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

If a listed building has previously undergone alterations, the necessary consents must exist.

The obligation for making sure all consents have been granted is passed to the buyer from the seller. Failing to secure the correct planning consents for modifications is considered an offence.

What obligations will the buyer have?

Owners of listed buildings in Hazel Grove will need to keep the house in a good state of repair.

If you do not do so, the local council can take formal action, ending in compulsory purchase if you fail to comply.

Vernacular materials and methods, such as lime mortar, often must be used for any maintenance and repairs.

Directory of listed properties in Hazel Grove

Approximately 500,000 listed properties exist in England and Wales, and around 399 of which are in Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.

Hazel Grove listed buildings and properties include:

  • The Council House, Torkington Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport
  • German's Buildings, 1-7 Buxton Road, Heaviley, Hazel Grove, Stockport
  • Church Of St Thomas, London Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport
  • Strawberry Gardens Public House, Offerton Lane, Offerton, Hazel Grove, Stockport
  • Torkington Hall Farmhouse, Torkington Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport

Complete listings 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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