Buying a listed building in Battersea - what can go wrong?

The prospect of owning a desirable listed building is an alluring one. Many pitfalls await the unwary however. If you are planning to buy a listed building in Battersea - here?s what you need to be aware of.

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What are the issues with Listed Building ownership?

The first steps are to check out what grading of listed building the home you want to buy is. The grade will help describe what your obligations will be.

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 in place to preserve the historic or architectural interest of the property. These restrictions prevent alterations that do not have the necessary consent (such as changing windows or doors) to the listed parts of the building.

Examples of what may be listed can range from windows to fireplaces.

Making alterations to a listed building in Battersea

When purchasing a listed property, any internal or external changes to the listed property will need building regulations and listed building consent from London Borough of Wandsworth.

What if the property has been modified already?

The responsibility for the correct permissions being in place is transferred to the new owner from the seller. Failing to obtain listed building consent for any demolition works, alterations or extensions is illegal.

Will there be any obligations on the purchaser?

Owners of listed buildings in Battersea will need to keep the house in good condition.

The local authority may take formal steps should you fail to maintain the structure and permit the property to fall into decay, ending in compulsory purchase.

Period-specific methods, e.g. stonemasonry or porthole frames, frequently must be employed for any repairs and maintenance work.

Directory of listed properties in Battersea

Roughly half a million listed buildings exist in England and Wales, 317 of which are in London Borough of Wandsworth.

Battersea listed buildings include:

  • Dovedale Cottages, 1 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, Wandsworth, Greater London Authority
  • Dovedale Cottages, 12 And 12A, Battersea Park Road, Battersea, Wandsworth, Greater London Authority
  • K6 Telephone Kiosk Outside Westminster College, Battersea Park Road, Battersea, Wandsworth, Greater London Authority
  • Frankfort House, 82 Clapham Common West Side Sw11 Clapham Common, Battersea, Wandsworth, Greater London Authority
  • Maitland House, 80 Clapham Common North Side Sw11 Clapham Common, Battersea, Wandsworth, Greater London Authority

A complete 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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