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Listed Buildings

A Listed Building is one which appears on the statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest, compiled by the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport on advice from English Heritage and others. Listing is a means of earmarking our most important buildings and giving them special protection.

A building is always listed as a whole, including the interior. Listing also includes any object or structure fixed to the building, and any object or structure within the curtilage of the building which, although not fixed to the building, forms part of the land and has done so since before 1st July 1948.

Listed Buildings are graded to show their relative importance:

  • Grade I buildings are those of exceptional interest;
  • Grade II* are particularly important buildings of more than special interest;
  • Grade II are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them.

Protection applies equally to all grades. The great majority of listed buildings - over 92% - are Grade II.

Is my building Listed?

South Bucks has nearly 750 Listed Buildings. The list is held by English Heritage, so you can search there for the detail of the Listing. You are also advised to also check with the Council at planning@southbucks.gov.uk or 01895 837210/7342.

Works to Listed Buildings

Listed Buildings are protected by stricter planning controls than non-designated buildings. It is necessary to obtain Listed Building Consent in order to demolish all or part of a Listed Building, alter it inside or out, or extend it in any way that would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest.

To demolish or alter a Listed Building without consent is a criminal offence. Penalties for unauthorised works are severe.

If you need to carry out repairs to your listed building, you should consult the Conservation & Design Officer on 01895 837375 or planning@southbucks.gov.uk Generally speaking, like-for-like repairs do not require listed building consent but other repairs may do so. You should always check before progressing with such works.

You are also recommended to secure the services of a specialist craftsman. You may find one in the Building Conservation Directory

Buying a Listed Building

Buyers thinking of purchasing a Listed Building should seek advice about permissible alterations from the Conservation and Design Officer by emailing planning@southbucks.gov.uk This is particularly advisable if the building concerned is in poor condition or in need of modernisation. The obtaining of informal conservation advice before a purchase can avoid the possibility of serious disappointment later.

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