Buying a listed property in Sutton In Ashfield - key things to know?

The idea of owning a character listed property is an inviting one. However, the reality can be less satisfying. If you are intending to buy a listed building in Sutton In Ashfield - here?s what you need to consider.

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What are the issues with Listed Building ownership?

The first thing to do is find out what classification of listed building the home is, as this will set out what the restrictions are.

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 restrictions will I need to be aware of?

The regulations governing listed buildings exist to preserve the historic or architectural interest of the property. These restrictions prevent unpermitted alterations (e.g. changing windows) to the listed parts of the building.

Examples of listed parts could include anything from casement windows to gable-ended wings.

Making alterations

If purchasing a listed property, any changes to the property, that affect its character, should have listed building consent and building regulations approval from Ashfield District Council.

What if modifications have already been made?

Failing to obtain listed building consent for alterations is considered an offence. The obligation for making sure all consents have been granted defaults to the buyer.

What obligations does the owner have?

First among the obligations of owners of listed buildings in Sutton In Ashfield is a requirement to ensure the house stays in good condition

The local authority can take legal action if you fail to maintain the property, resulting in a compulsory purchase of the property.

Any maintenance must usually be undertaken in an appropriate manner, for example lime render and period brickwork.

Directory of listed buildings in Sutton In Ashfield

There are over 500,000 listed buildings in England and Wales - around 94 of which are in Ashfield District Council.

Sutton In Ashfield listed buildings and properties include:

  • Manor Farm Cottage, 25 Dawgates Lane, Sutton In Ashfield, Ng17 3Da, Skegby, Sutton In Ashfield, Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Skegby Pinfold, Mansfield Road, Skegby, Sutton In Ashfield, Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Skegby Manor House, Mansfield Road, Skegby, Sutton In Ashfield, Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Fulwood Farmhouse, Alfreton Road, Sutton In Ashfield, Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Hunter's Bar, 47 Church Street, Sutton In Ashfield, Ashfield, Nottinghamshire

A full list can be found on the Historic England website

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