Is it risky to buy a listed building in Willenhall?

The prospect of owning a listed property is a tempting one. Many pitfalls await the unwary however. If you are intending to buy a listed building in Willenhall - here?s what you need to consider.

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What do I need to know?

First look into what grading of listing the property you intend to buy 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 restrictions will I need to be aware of?

Listed building restrictions are in place to preserve the historic or architectural value of the property. These building controls prevent alterations that do not have the necessary consent (for example the addition of a Velux window) to the building.

Typical examples of listed parts can range from glazing to slate roofs.

Making alterations to a listed building in Willenhall

Listed building consent and building regulations approval from Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council for any modifications or alterations will be required when purchasing a listed building.

What if modifications have already been made?

If a listed property in Willenhall has previously been altered, the required consents should exist.

The obligation for making sure all consents have been granted defaults to the new owner. Owning a listed property without the correct planning consents for any modifications is illegal.

Will there be any obligations on the owner?

As the owner of a listed building in Willenhall, you will be obliged to maintain the home.

Should you opt not to do so and allow it fall into disrepair, the local authority can take legal action, and may ultimately force you to sell the property to the authority if you do not comply.

Your repairs must usually be undertaken in a period-specific manner, for example wood carving.

Find listed properties in Willenhall

Somewhere in the region of 500,000 listed properties exist across the country, 171 of which are in Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council.

Willenhall listed buildings and properties include:

  • Little London Baptist Church, Temple Bar, Willenhall, Walsall, Walsall
  • Clock Tower, Market Place, Willenhall, Walsall, Walsall
  • 33 Market Place, Willenhall, Walsall, Walsall
  • 42 43 And 44 Market Place, Willenhall, Walsall, Walsall
  • 45 And 46 Market Place, Willenhall, Walsall, Walsall

Complete listings can be found on the Historic England website database

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

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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