Buying a listed building in Woodstock - what are the risks?

Listed buildings are frequently very desirable to own. Features such as timber frames and hipped roof tiles exude period character. Ownership makes you are a curator of a piece of British history and means that you will have specific obligations that can affect your enjoyment of your home.

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Where do I start?

The first steps are to find out what classification of listed building the home you want to buy is, as this will set out what the restrictions are.

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

What will my obligations be?

Listed building restrictions are put in place to preserve the architectural or historic value of the property. These restrictions prevent unconsented alterations (e.g. replacement of gutttering) to the building.

Typical examples of what may be listed include anything from bay windows to types of render.

Can I make alterations to a listed building

Listed Building Consent and Building Regulations Approval from West Oxfordshire Council for any modifications or alterations will be needed if you are buying a listed building.

What if modifications have already been made?

The required consents must be in place if a listed building in Woodstock has been modified by a previous owner.

The liability for making sure all consents have been granted defaults to the buyer. Failing to comply in obtaining the correct planning consents for modifications is an offence.

What will the buyer need to do?

Owners of listed buildings in Woodstock are required to ensure the property stays in good condition

The local authority can take formal action if you fail to maintain the building, and may require you to sell the property to the council.

Appropriate techniques and materials, e.g. box-framing or decorative panelling, should be used (where necessary) when undertaking maintenance work.

Find listed properties in Woodstock

Approximately half a million listed buildings exist across the country, 3,361 of which are in West Oxfordshire Council.

Listed buildings and properties in and near to Woodstock include:

  • The Crown Inn, Oxford Street, Woodstock, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire
  • 7-11 Oxford Street, Woodstock, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire
  • Caroline Court And Attached Walls And Outbuilding, 1-23 Oxford Street, Woodstock, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire
  • The Bakehouse, 6 Park Lane, Woodstock, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire
  • 8 And 10 Park Lane, Woodstock, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire

Complete listings can be found on the Historic England database

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