There are over 20,000 listed buildings in England, 318 of them are located here in Malmesbury, with another 48 located in the adjoining Parish of St Paul Without. We realise that there can be some concern over buying a listed property, so Blount and Maslin have decided to separate fact from fiction!
What is a listed building?
A listed building (or listed structure) is one that has been placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (Listing, Archaeology and World Heritage branch) add or remove buildings from this list. This process is guided by English Heritage. They are the “public body that looks after England’s historic environment” championing and protecting historic places, helping people to understand, value and care for them. You can view their website here. To obtain a place on the list a building must be considered of national importance and therefore worth protecting
Why are buildings listed?
A listed status can help protect buildings that are of historical or architectural interest from damage and inappropriate alterations, that may detract from their special interest. Listed buildings are allocated extra legal protection within the planning system due to their national importance. There are certain restrictions on a listed building, it may not be demolished, extended, or altered without permission from the local planning authority. According to English Heritage, “The older a building is, the more likely it is to be listed.” In fact, all buildings, if close to their original condition and built before 1700 are listed, as are the majority of buildings constructed between 1700 and 1840. To be eligible a building must usually must be over 30 years old. Check online, at your local authority planning department, county council offices or local reference library to find details about why a particular building is listed
Categories of Listed Buildings
Listed buildings come in three categories of ‘significance’: Grade I for buildings of the highest significance, examples include The Abbey and the Market Cross, Grade II* and Grade II. 92% of all listed buildings are Grade II, so if you are buying a listed property through Blount and Maslin it is likely to be Grade II listed. Keith has sold, for example, Grade I listed property Abbey House, Grade II* listed property The White Lion and numerous Grade II listed buildings in the last 30 years.