Buying a listed building in Kidderminster - what can go wrong?

The dream of owning a desirable listed building is an enticing one. However, the reality can be something of a rough ride. If you are thinking of buying a listed building in Kidderminster - here?s what you need to be aware of.

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Where do I start?

First look into what classification of listing the building 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 are the restrictions?

Listed building restrictions exist to preserve a property's historic or architectural value. These building controls prevent unpermitted alterations (such as replacement of gutttering) to the building.

Examples of listed parts could include anything from window frames to types of render.

Can I make alterations

If you intend to buy a listed building, any changes to the property, that affect its character, must have building regulations and listed building consent from Wyre Forest District Council.

What if the seller has made alterations already?

If the property has been altered by the seller, the necessary consents must exist.

Owning a listed property without listed building consent for any demolition works, alterations or extensions is an offence. The responsibility for making sure all consents have been granted will be passed to the new owner.

What obligations must the purchaser fulfil?

Foremost among the obligations of owners of listed buildings in Kidderminster is a requirement to ensure the home remains in good condition

The local council may take formal steps should you fail to maintain the property, resulting in a compulsory purchase of the property.

Repairs and upkeep must usually be undertaken in a like for like manner, for example rammed earth construction and stone roofing.

Find listed properties in Kidderminster

Around half a million listed buildings exist in England and Wales, 703 of which are in Wyre Forest District Council.

Kidderminster listed buildings include:

  • Brintons Carpet Works, Exchange Street, Kidderminster, Wyre Forest, Worcestershire
  • 40 Park Lane, Kidderminster, Wyre Forest, Worcestershire
  • Barclays Bank, 66 Oxford Street, Kidderminster, Wyre Forest, Worcestershire
  • Victoria Carpet Company [L-Shaped Front Block)], Green Street, Kidderminster, Wyre Forest, Worcestershire
  • Stour Vale Mills (Woodward Grosvenor And Company Limited) Front Range, Green Street, Kidderminster, Wyre Forest, Worcestershire

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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