Buying a listed property in Sheffield - key things to know?
The dream of owning a desirable listed building is an exciting one. However, the reality can be less satisfying. If you are planning to buy a listed building in Sheffield - here?s what you need to be aware of.
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What are the issues with Listed Building ownership?
First check out what classification of listing yours is. This will help define what you will need to preserve and maintain.
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 can and can't I do?
The regulations governing listed buildings exist to preserve the historic or architectural value of the property. These restrictions prevent unconsented alterations (such as outbuilding conversion) to the listed fabric of the building.
Typical examples of what specifically might be listed include anything from bay windows to types of render.
Building regulations and listed building consent from Sheffield City Council for any alterations will be required if you are buying a listed building.
What if modifications have already been made?
The responsibility for the correct permissions being in place defaults to the new owner. Failing to obtain listed building consent for any alterations is an offence.
What must the buyer do to maintain the property?
Owners of listed buildings in Sheffield will be obliged to ensure the building remains in good condition
Sheffield City Council can take formal action should you fail to maintain the structure, resulting in a compulsory purchase of the property.
The repairwork may need to be performed in an appropriate manner, e.g. cordwood construction and period brickwork.
Find listed buildings in Sheffield
Somewhere in the region of half a million listed buildings exist in England and Wales - around 1,234 of which are in Sheffield City Council.
Listed buildings in and around Sheffield include:
- Burbage Bridge, Hathersage Road, Non Civil Parish, Sheffield, Sheffield, Derbyshire
- 20 Westfield Terrace, Sheffield, Sheffield
- Gateway At South West Entrance, Weston Park, Weston Park, Sheffield, Sheffield
- Mappin Art Gallery, Weston Park, Weston Park, Sheffield, Sheffield
- Memorial To Godfrey Sykes 80 Metres North East Of Mappin Art Gallery, Weston Park, Sheffield, Sheffield
Complete listings can be found on the Historic England database
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