Buying a listed building in Worcestershire - what you must know

Listed buildings are frequently very desirable to own. Historic features such as Tudor wood frames and brick buttresses exhibit character and charm. However, owning a listed property means accepting various liabilities that can affect your plans for how you use your home.

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What do I need to consider?

The starting point is to look into what status of listed building the house you are buying is. This will help define what you will need to preserve and maintain.

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 can and can't I do?

Listed building restrictions are put in place to preserve a property's historic or architectural value. These controls prevent unconsented alterations (such as changing windows) to the home.

Typical examples of listed parts can range from casement windows to roofs.

Alterations to a listed building

Listed Building Consent and Building Regulations Approval from the relevant local authority for any modifications or alterations is required if you are purchasing a listed building.

What if the property has been altered already?

The liability for the correct permissions being in place will be inherited by the new owner of the property. Not having the correct planning consents for modifications is an offence.

Will there be any obligations on the purchaser?

Foremost among the obligations of owners is a requirement to ensure the property stays in good condition

Worcestershire County Council may take formal steps should you fail to maintain the property and allow the property to fall into disrepair, ending in compulsory purchase.

Any maintenance often must be performed in a period-specific manner, such as limecrete and box-framing.

Directory of listed properties in Worcestershire

Somewhere in the region of 500,000 listed properties exist across the country, and around 6,596 of which are in Worcestershire County Council.

Listed buildings and properties in and near to Worcestershire include:

  • The Clock House, 19 Twatling Road, Lickey And Blackwell, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
  • 48 50 And 52 Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
  • Heath Farmhouse, 33 Harvest Close, Stoke, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
  • K6 Telephone Kiosk About 15 Metres East Of Numbers 12 And 14 The Square, Bear Hill, Alvechurch, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

A list can be found on the Historic England website database

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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