Using Research for Listed Building Consent

Listed Building

© Peter Facey

Historical research can be pivotal when dealing with listed buildings. Listing protects the nation’s built heritage from external and internal unsympathetic changes, and unnecessary destruction.

If you wish to propose a building to English Heritage for listing, a certain level of information is required about the building’s location and why it is of special interest; the latter in particular will benefit from specialist research. If you already own a listed building and wish to undertake alterations or extend the property, all  proposed changes, whether internal or external, will require consent. An application to a Planning Department must be accompanied by sufficient details to enable your application to be processed. A specialist architectural historian, or researcher will be able to help outline former building phases, locate any extant historic plans and to identify original features or suggest the features that would have been present when a property was first built, depending on a project’s requirements.

It is often more cost effective as well as more sympathetic to repair and restore, rather than replace features, so establishing a building’s original form and fabric through research could be the key to a successful listed building consent planning application. The main criteria for listing and related information is outlined on English Heritage’s website www.english-heritage.org.uk/caring/listing/listed-buildings/how-do-buildings-become-listed.