Listed Buildings Consent
If you live in a listed building and wish to add a conservatory to it, you must obtain Listed Buildings Consent before construction starts. It is a criminal offence to carry out work that requires Listed Building Consent before this has been given.
A listed building is a building of special architectural or historic interest, included on a national list compiled by English Heritage.
Applying for Listed Building Consent
Step One: Contact your local council before you make an application. You can discuss your proposed application with the planning officer and get some indication as to whether or not your proposal is likely to be accepted.
This is certainly cheaper than making a full application and you may get some advice as to how a full application may be viewed more favourably.
Step Two: If you haven’t done so already, ask your architect or conservatory designer or installer, for their ideas about how to make your application more acceptable. Working with someone who has been through the process several times before and who knows how to answer, negotiate and overcome objections can save you time and money in the long run. Approx. 30% of Richmond Oak’s work is on Listed Buildings, so we have considerable experience in assisting our Clients in getting a satisfactory solution in negotiation with Conservation Officers.
Designs in keeping with the style of your home using similar materials often have the best chance of being approved. Wood and glass conservatories are considerably more acceptable than aluminium, plastic and polycarbonate erections! Oak, being an indiginous timber is considered more favourably than mahoganies and similar timbers, such as Sapele, Idigbo and Iroko forom the Southern Hemisphere, which often have questionable Forestry Certifications. Our Oak is all FSC certified with fully chain of custody certification. (This means the timber is fully trackable through its journey from the forest).
Step Three: Ask your local authority for the forms you need for making an application. This will need to show clearly what you intend to do and should be accompanied with detailed plans and photographs. Richmond Oak will deal with the whole process from design through to obtaining a Listed Building Consent.
In most cases the local authority will deal with the application, but more important cases may be referred to English Heritage and sometimes to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
How Long will it Take?
It can take up to eight weeks or more after sending in your application for a decision to be sent to you.
If consent is denied you have six months during which you can appeal to the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
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