Is it risky to buy a listed building in Rugeley?
Listed buildings can be a highly desirable ownership proposition. Heritage features such as historic building materials and hipped roof tiles ooze character and charm. Ownership makes you a custodian of a piece of British history and has a number of strings attached that can compromise your family's enjoyment of the house.
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Where do I start?
Before you do anything else, find out what grading of listed building the house you are buying is, as this will set out what the restrictions are.
Grade I are buildings of exceptional interest. Approximately 3% of listed properties are Grade I.
Grade II* buildings are particularly important and of more than special interest. Approximately 6% of listed properties are Grade II*.
Grade II are buildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them. Approximately 91% of listed properties are Grade II.
What restrictions will I need to be aware of?
Listed building restrictions are put in place to preserve the architectural or historic value of the property. These building controls are in place to stop unlawful modifications (such as a loft extension) to the listed fabric of the building.
Examples of listed elements could include anything from doors to rendered lintels.
Alterations to a listed building in Rugeley
Building regulations and listed building consent from Cannock Chase District Council for any alterations or modifications is required if you are purchasing a listed building.
What do I do if the property has already been modified?
Not having listed building consent for alterations or extensions is illegal. Responsibility for making sure all consents have been granted will be inherited by the new property owner.
What must the new owner do to fulfil their obligations?
First among listed building owners' obligations is a requirement to keep the building well-maintained.
The local authority may take formal steps if you fail to take care of the property and permit it to decay, culminating in compulsory acquisition.
The repairs and upkeep may need to be performed in an appropriate manner, e.g. wood carving.
Find listed properties in Rugeley
There are around half a million listed properties across the country, and around 80 of which are in Cannock Chase District Council.
Listed buildings in and near to Rugeley include:
- Roman Catholic Church Of St Joseph And St Etheldreda, Lichfield Street, Rugeley, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
- Red Lion Inn, Market Street, Rugeley, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
- Tomb Of Elizabeth Cuting And Emma Hollinhurst In Graveyard Of Old Church Of St Augustine, Colton Road, Rugeley, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
- 16 And 18 Horse Fair, Rugeley, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
- 17 Lower Brook Street, Rugeley, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
A full list can be found on the Historic England website database
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