Anyone can apply to have a building listed by English Heritage, who will examine every case in detail and put together a recommendation for the secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (who has the final decision). Other experts may be consulted during the decision making process, and ultimately the building will either be included in the list of buildings of “special architectural or historical interest” or it won’t. When we say that anyone can apply, we mean anyone. You do not have to own or even live in a house that you are submitting for consideration, but being submitted for consideration does not mean that a property will definitely be listed.
Will I always be notified and consulted should someone else submit my property for consideration?
The short answer is “no”. But to be more concise; English Heritage claim that they try to notify/consult owners in the “vast majority” of cases, but if they think your property is at immediate risk from damage or demolition then they may not. This means that they will not notify you or consult you whether you are a private individual, a company or a local authority, but will take immediate action to protect the property before it comes to harm.
Will a prospective listed property always be visited by English Heritage?
Almost always, yes; because visiting a building is invaluable to gathering information about it. If and when English Heritage wants to make a visit to a property under consideration, they will first contact the owner to make arrangements. Where applications made include a great deal of detail a visit may be deemed unnecessary, while in situations where the property is in jeopardy the visit may very well be skipped in order to expedite the process.
Can I find out who put my building forward for listing?
Do you want to send them a thank you note, or have harsh words? In either case, you might be able to request the information under the Freedom of Information Act, but English Heritage states that in the case of private individuals they will first check to see if they were happy for the information to be released. Where an organisation or public body made the application, no protections apply and the information would be released ASAP.
How would listing affect me?
Listed buildings can still be altered, extended and demolished within government planning guidance, though you are required to apply for Listed Building Consent before making changes that might affect the property’s architectural or historical significance. You may be able to get grant funding to help maintain a listed property and decisions about its function, condition or viability will be balanced against the weighting of its historical significance.
Listed buildings might struggle to find adequate listed buildings insurance from standard insurance providers. Because a listed building will typically be older or of non-standard construction it will be perceived as either being at an elevated risk of undergoing damage or being overly expensive to repair/rebuild when damage takes place. Whether this perception is accurate or not, home insurance for listed buildings is vital if harder to come by. With HomeProtect you can get a competitive online quote for listed building insurance, or even Grade 2 listed buildings insurance when required.