Should I buy a listed building in Redditch?

The idea of owning a character listed property is an appealing one. The reality is, however, not for the faint-hearted. If you are thinking of buying a listed building in Redditch - here?s what you need to know.

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First steps

First find out what designation of listed building the property is, as this will detail which parts of the property are affected.

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 are the restrictions?

The regulations governing listed buildings exist to preserve the architectural or historic interest of the property. These building controls prevent unconsented alterations (such as a basement excavation) to the house.

Typical examples of what specifically might be listed could include anything from casement windows to roofs.

Alterations to a listed building

Listed Building Consent and Building Regulations Approval from Redditch Borough Council for any external or internal alterations will be required if you are purchasing a home with listed building status.

What if the seller has made alterations already?

The responsibility for the correct permissions being in place will be inherited by the new owner of the property. Not having listed building consent for alterations or extensions is illegal.

What obligations must the owner fulfil?

First among the obligations of listed building owners is a requirement to ensure the property remains in good condition

The local authority can take legal action if you fail to take care of the property and allow it fall into disrepair, and may ultimately force you to sell the property to the authority.

The repairs and upkeep frequently will need to be carried out in an appropriate manner, e.g. weatherboard cladding.

Directory of listed buildings in Redditch

Around half a million listed buildings exist in England and Wales, 170 of which are in Redditch Borough Council.

Redditch listed buildings and properties include:

  • Palace Theatre, Alcester Road, Redditch, Redditch, Worcestershire
  • 21 The Square, Feckenham, Feckenham, Redditch, Worcestershire
  • Lower Berrow Farmhouse, Off Trickses Lane, Feckenham, Cruise Hill, Redditch, Worcestershire
  • Chestnut House, The Square, Feckenham, Feckenham, Redditch, Worcestershire
  • Barn And Stable About 10 Yards North Of Papermill Farmhouse, Paper Mill Drive, Church Hill, Redditch, Redditch, Worcestershire

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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