Find out if your building is listed or if there are any listed buildings in your area by using the My Melton app - you will need the postcode of the area you are looking for.
Enter your postcode and select "listed buildings" from the heritage category.
A listed building is one which is included on the statutory list of buildings of special architectural interest which has been compiled by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, through its advisors English Heritage.
Being listed gives a building prestige value and acknowledges that it is special and part of our national heritage which must be protected. The lists include a wide variety of structures from country houses, castles and churches to telephone kiosks, milestones and village pumps.
A building may be considered of special interest for a variety of reasons including age, architectural merit, rarity, group value or historical connections.
Buildings included on the list have statutory protection against demolitions or alterations which would adversely affect their character. Listing is not meant to prevent change to a building. Its long-term interests are often best served by putting it to suitable use. Listing ensures that the architectural and historic interest of the building is carefully considered separately from the merits of any development proposals and before any alterations, either external or internal are agreed.
The older a building is, the more likely it is to be listed. Generally all buildings built before 1700 which survive in anything like their original condition are listed, as are most built between 1700 and 1840 with most original features intact. After that date, the criteria become tighter with time, so that post-1945 buildings have to be exceptionally important to be listed.
Listed buildings are classified in grades to show their relative architectural or historic importance:
• Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest (approximately 2% of listed buildings)
• Grade II* are particularly important buildings of more than special interest (approximately 4% of listed buildings)
• Grade II are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them
What is the extent of the listing?
Buildings are listed in their entirety; all internal and external features are included. In addition, any object or structure affixed to the building or freestanding items within its curtilage are also covered by the listing.