Buying a listed building in Oxted - what to check

Listed buildings are often very desirable to own. Heritage features like timber frames and character windows display character and charm. Owning a listed building means you are a custodian of a piece of British heritage and has strings attached that can undermine your planned enjoyment of your house.

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What are the issues with Listed Building ownership?

The starting point is to look into what classification of listing the home you want to buy is. This will explain what you can and can't 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?

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 interest. These building controls prevent unconsented alterations (for example adding rooflights) to the home.

Typical examples of listed elements could include anything from window frames to chimneys.

Making alterations to a listed building in Oxted

Listed Building Consent and Building Regulations Approval from Tandridge District Council for any changes will be needed by the owner of a home with listed building status.

What if the seller has made modifications already?

If a listed building has previously undergone alterations, the appropriate consents should exist.

The liability for the correct permissions being in place defaults to the new owner. Not having listed building consent for any modifications is considered an offence.

What will the new owner need to do to fulfil their obligations?

Owners of listed buildings in Oxted must keep the property in good condition.

If you do not, Tandridge District Council can take formal action, and may require you to sell the property to the council if you do not comply.

Any repairs may need to be performed in an appropriate manner, for example stonemasonry or lime render.

Directory of listed properties in Oxted

There are around 500,000 listed properties across the country - around 624 of which are in Tandridge District Council.

Oxted listed buildings include:

  • Icehouse In Grounds Of No 1 Parklands, Hurst Green Road, Oxted, Icehouse Wood, Tandridge, Surrey
  • The Stone House, 2 And 2A, High Street, Oxted, Tandridge, Surrey
  • Church Of All Saints, Chichele Road, Oxted, Tandridge, Surrey
  • Comforts Farm Cottage, Hurst Green Road, Oxted, Tandridge, Surrey
  • Sunt Barn, Caterfield Lane, Oxted, Rh8 0Rr, Oxted, Tandridge, Surrey

A complete list can be found on the Historic England website

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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