Many villages in District of Stratford-on-Avon are justifiably renowned for their beauty, and much of the attraction for visitors is the wealth of historic buildings and sites. Indeed, the district boasts over 3,300 listed buildings or structures. It is a privilege to own, live or work in a listed property, but with this comes responsibility. Further information can be found on the Planning Portal.
Buildings and structures of special architectural or historic interest are listed nationally by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. While buildings are graded according to their importance, the legal protection afforded is the same and applies to the whole building (including the interior) in every grade.
There are two online sources of information for which buildings are listed. These are:
When a building is listed, protection is afforded to all of the building, exterior and interior, together with anything attached to the exterior and also any outbuildings, walls or other structures within the curtilage and built before 1 July 1948. Alterations and additions carried out after the date of listing are also included. Further information is available at Historic England's advice page.
Consent is therefore required from the council for any changes that would affect the character either externally or internally of the building. It is a criminal offence to undertake any such changes without first gaining permission. Routine maintenance and repairs carried out on a like-for-like basis will not normally require listed building consent; however, it is worth noting that the replacement of single glazed windows with double glazed always requires consent and is often unacceptable.
Please consult a suitably qualified conservation architect before commencing work on any listed building, or use the council's pre-application advice service. There is no fee for listed building consent, but depending on the proposed nature of any works, planning permission and possibly Building Regulations may also be required, both of which do carry a charge.
If you wish to apply for listed building consent, the form can be found on the Planning Portal.
If you would like to receive confirmation that proposed works do not require listed building consent you can apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness. An application can be made online via the national Planning Portal; or the relevant national standard 1APP forms can be downloaded.
If you have already carried out the works you may not use this process and will need to make a listed building consent application.