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

The prospect of owning a desirable listed building is an exciting one. Buying such a property is something to do with your eyes open. If you are thinking of buying a listed building in Wolverhampton, here are the things to be aware of.

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What do I need to consider?

The first thing to do is check out what status of listed building yours is, this will set out what you can and cannot do.

Grade I buildings of exceptional interest
Grade II* particularly important buildings of more than special interest
Grade II buildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them

What can and can't I do?

The regulations governing listed buildings exist to preserve a property's architectural or historic interest. These controls prevent unconsented alterations (e.g. changing windows) to the property.

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

Can I make alterations to a listed building

If you are buying a listed property, any external or internal alterations to the house must have planning permission and listed building consent from Wolverhampton City Council.

What if alterations have already been made?

If a listed building in Wolverhampton has previously undergone alterations, the necessary consents must be in place.

Owning a listed property without the correct planning consents for any changes is considered an offence. The responsibility for the correct permissions being in place is passed from the seller to the purchaser.

What obligations must the purchaser fulfil?

Owners of listed buildings in Wolverhampton will need to maintain the house in a good state of repair.

The local authority may take formal steps if you do not maintain the home and allow the property to fall into disrepair, and may ultimately force you to sell the property to the authority.

Period-specific methods, such as box-framing or straw bale insulation, should be used (where necessary) for any repairs and maintenance work.

Directory of listed buildings in Wolverhampton

Roughly 500,000 listed buildings exist in England and Wales, 382 of which are in Wolverhampton.

Wolverhampton listed buildings include:

  • Automotive House, Upper Villiers Street, Non Civil Parish, Wolverhampton
  • Albion Mill, Albion Street, Non Civil Parish, Wolverhampton
  • Dunstall Water Bridge, No 63 Aldersley Road, Staffordshire And Worcestershire Canal, Wolverhampton

Complete listings can be found on the Historic England website.

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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