Planning regulations surrounding listed buildings and listed building planning consent is largely governed by the ‘Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990’ (the Act). The planning regulations in regard to listed buildings and conservation areas contain far more restrictions than those relating to other land and property.

We will advise and guide you through the mire of regulations and constraints attached to this area of planning with a view to achieving your desired objective.

In a recent case we handled, our client owned a ‘Grade B’ locally listed building situated within a conservation area. An Architectural practice previously acting for our client submitted a planning application to change the structure of the roof and extend the property. The application was refused. The Architectural firm were advised by the local planning authority that any further application to undertake any form of external alteration work to the property would be refused due to the listing of the property and the sensitive location. We were subsequently appointed to represent the client. Having assessed the proposal, we submitted a new application outlining the relevant listed buildings policies and the relevant legislation that supported the case for our client's proposal. Our approach defeated the local authority’s reluctance and we secured the planning permission our client sought. Despite the local authority’s reticence, we went on to secure planning permission for a neighbouring client whose property was ‘Grade C’ locally listed, to construct a three storey rear extension which pushed out the full extent of the rear of the building and changed the structure of the roof.

The above results and others like them were achieved through our detailed and in depth working knowledge and grasp on the planning issues and legislation that apply to listed buildings and conservation areas.