Buying a listed property in Worcester - key things to know?

Listed buildings are often a highly desirable ownership proposition. Heritage features like intricate stonework and character windows ooze character and charm. Owning a listed building has strings attached that can undermine your enjoyment of your house.

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Where do I start?

The first thing to do is check out what designation of listed building the home you want to buy is. This will help define what you will need to preserve and maintain.

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 restrictions will I need to be aware of?

Listed building restrictions are put in place to preserve the architectural or historic value of the property. These restrictions are in place to stop unlawful modifications (for example a loft extension) to the listed parts of the building.

Typical examples of listed elements could include anything from casement windows to roofs.

Making alterations to a listed building in Worcester

If you are buying a listed property, any external or internal alterations to the home must have planning permission and listed building consent from Worcestershire County Council.

What if the property has been modified already?

The required consents should exist if the listed building has previously been altered.

Owning a listed property without the correct planning consents for any alterations or extensions is illegal. The liability for making sure all consents have been granted will be assumed by the new property owner.

Will there be any obligations on the purchaser?

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

Should you opt not to do so and allow it fall into disrepair, Worcestershire County Council may take legal action, and may require you to sell the property to the council if you refuse to comply.

Historic materials and techniques, such as straw bale insulation, often must be used when undertaking maintenance work.

Find listed properties in Worcester

There exist around half a million listed properties in England and Wales - around 6,596 of which are in Worcestershire County Council.

Listed buildings in and near to Worcester include:

  • Church Of St Nicholas, Warndon, Warndon, Worcester, Worcestershire
  • The Old Parsonage, Warndon, Warndon, Worcester, Worcestershire
  • 55 And 57 Bromwich Road, Worcester, Worcester, Worcestershire
  • 108 And 110 Bromwich Road, Worcester, Worcester, Worcestershire
  • 1 Bromyard Road, Worcester, Worcester, Worcestershire

A full list 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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