Buying a listed building in Malvern - key things to know?

The prospect of owning a desirable listed property is an exciting one. However, the reality can be less satisfying. If you are planning to buy a listed building in Malvern, the following advice will help you consider the idea.

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What do I need to consider?

First look into what classification of listing the building is, this will set out what you can and cannot do.

Grade I

Grade I are buildings of exceptional interest. Approximately 3% of listed properties are Grade I.

Grade II*

Grade II* buildings are particularly important and of more than special interest. Approximately 6% of listed properties are Grade II*.

Grade II

Grade II are buildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them. Approximately 91% of listed properties are Grade II.

What will my responsibilities be?

Listed building restrictions are in place to preserve the architectural or historic interest of the property. These restrictions prevent unconsented alterations (for example garage construction) to the building.

Examples of listed parts can range from windows to purlin ends.

Alterations to a listed building

Listed building consent and building regulations approval from Malvern Hills District Council for any alterations or modifications will be needed by the owner of a listed property.

What if the seller has made alterations already?

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

The responsibility for making sure all consents have been granted is transferred to the new owner from the seller. Failing to comply in obtaining listed building consent for any alterations is considered an offence.

What will the new owner need to do to fulfil their obligations?

First among owners' obligations is a requirement to ensure the building remains in good condition

The local authority can take formal action if you do not look after the property and allow it fall into disrepair, ending in compulsory purchase.

The repairs and upkeep may need to be performed in a period-specific manner, for example decorative panelling and stonemasonry.

Find listed properties in Malvern

Around 500,000 listed buildings exist in England and Wales, and around 1,951 of which are in Malvern Hills District Council.

Listed buildings and properties in and around Malvern include:

  • Boundary Post At So 7805 4699 Moorlands Road, Malvern, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire
  • 60 Worcester Road, Malvern, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire
  • Gate And Gate Piers To St Ann's Orchard, Worcester Road, Malvern, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire
  • Burford House, 32 Worcester Road, Malvern, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire
  • Worfield House, Worcester Road, Malvern, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire

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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