Enjoying the benefits of living in a beautiful and historically valuable listed property can sometimes cause home owners headaches. When maintenance work needs to be completed there are of course far more hoops to jump through.
This is a necessity though because as we all know, listed buildings are listed in order that they are protected and to ensure that no changes are made to their fabric which might compromise their integrity as a special place of interest.
What do the grades mean?
There are three grades when it comes to protecting older properties of special interest and they are as follows;
Grade I: These are buildings of exceptional interest, think ancient properties, properties with very interesting historical significance or unusual architectural features.
Grade II: These are buildings which are considered to be of more than special interest.
Grade III: Buildings which are of interest and deserve every effort made to protect them.
Does a lower grade mean that it’s easier to make changes?
No. It doesn’t matter whether your property is grade I, II, or III there is no difference in the statutory protection that it is subject to, the external and internal features will be equally protected.
How can I replace the timber windows in my listed property?
Your first port of call should always be your local authority’s conservation officer. Make an initial appointment to discuss your desired plans and to see what permission needs to be granted, there is almost always a procedure to follow and when you are ready, you can apply for planning permission.
Windows are of course a key part of any building and not only in terms of aesthetics but also to ensure that buildings are kept dry and air tight. This is why conservation bodies are always willing to work with home owners to come up with a suitable plan of action and to assist them with the planning of sympathetic restoration.
The key points to remember when planning any changes on a listed building is that there will always be a lot of extra paperwork involved but in general this is a good thing; protecting the appearance of the property so that it may continue to be enjoyed by many more generations of people is an important part of conservation and those officers who are tasked with this responsibility are always pleased to work alongside residents to come up with the best solutions possible.
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