Buying a listed building in Romiley - should you do it?

The prospect of owning a listed property is an appealing one. However, the reality can be something of a rough ride. If you are intending to buy a listed building in Romiley - here?s what you need to consider.

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What are the issues with Listed Building ownership?

The first steps are to check out what status of listing yours 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 regulations governing listed buildings exist to preserve the architectural or historic interest of the property. These controls prevent alterations without consent (such as replacement of rainwater goods) to the listed elements of the property.

Examples of what may be listed range from windows to slate roofs.

Alterations to a listed building

Building regulations approval and listed building consent from Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council for any internal or external changes is required when purchasing a home with listed building status.

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

The appropriate consents should exist if the listed building has been altered by the seller.

The responsibility for making sure all consents have been granted will be assumed by the purchaser. Failing to comply in obtaining listed building consent for alterations or extensions is illegal.

What obligations must the new owner fulfil?

Owners of listed buildings in Romiley are required to ensure the home stays in good condition

The local authority can take formal action should you fail to maintain the structure, and may ultimately force you to sell the property to the authority.

Vernacular materials and techniques, e.g. straw bale insulation, often must be used when performing repair work.

Find listed properties in Romiley

Somewhere in the region of half a million listed buildings exist across the country, 399 of which are in Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.

Listed buildings and properties in and around Romiley include:

  • Harrytown Hall, Harrytown, Werneth, Romiley, Stockport
  • Hatherlow House, Hatherlow, Romiley, Stockport
  • Bredbury House, 85 Higher Bents Lane, Bredbury, Romiley, Stockport
  • The Cottage, 12 Barlow Fold, Romiley, Stockport
  • Arden Hall, Castle Hill, Bredbury, Romiley, Stockport

A full list can be found on the Historic England 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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