A building is listed by English Heritage if it has special  architectural and historic interest, and also brings it under the  consideration of the planning system so that all extensions and  alteration enhance the historic fabric of the property.

Listing is  not a preservation order, preventing change. Listing is an  identification stage where buildings are marked and celebrated as having  exceptional architectural or historic special interest, before any  planning stage which may decide a building’s future.

Listing does  not freeze a building in time, it simply means that listed building  consent must be applied for in order to make any changes to that  building which might affect its special interest. Listed buildings can  be altered, extended and sometimes even demolished within government  planning guidance. The local authority uses listed building consent to  make decisions that balance the site’s historic significance against  other issues such as its function, condition or viability.

Unauthorised  alterations are a criminal offence and the Local Authority has the  power to enforce the repair of dilapidated buildings. The Local  Authority can also make the owner right any works that do not have  listed building consent. 

We have worked on many listed buildings  in the last 13 years and understand the necessary processes imposed by  the Local Authority. Daniel Cooper is an affiliate of the Institute of  Historic Building Conservation and is currently studying in his last  year for an MSc in Conservation of the Historic Environment. He was awarded the Purcell Miller Tritton 2012 Outstanding Academic  Achievement Award in Years 1 and 2..

We have undertaken works on  listed buildings throughout the South East and in particular within the Kent area, including Tonbridge, Seal in Sevenoaks, Mayfield, Sundridge  and Rye in Sussex.

We can undertake as much or as little of this liaison process as required to suit your requirements and budget.