The maintenance of listed buildings can be complicated with regards as to what changes fall within permitted development rights. As stated by Historic England, “any works to alter, extend or demolish the building in a way that affects its character as a building of special interest require listed building consent from the local planning authority, whether planning permission is also needed or not.” How a building’s ‘special interest’ might be defined, however, remains a critical point of discussion amongst conservation professionals.
We have listed a variety of different publications to help you understand the planning process in relation to Grade II, Grade II*, or Grade I buildings, and how to categorise the nature of significance whether material or immaterial. There is also guidance in case your building is situated within a conservation area, and what details might need to be included within a planning application:
Alterations and Extensions to Listed Buildings – SPAB has provided a variety of advice in response to proposed changes to listed buildings.