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Listed Buildings

A listed building is one that has which has special architectural interest, adding value to the area and are part of our national heritage.

Listed buildings have statutory protection against demolitions or alterations which could affect their character. 

Alterations can be made to listed buildings, the status ensures that listed buildings architectural and historic interests are carefully considered before changes are made to preserve the historic and special nature of the building.

You will need to apply for listed building consent if you want to demolish, alter or extend a listed building in a manner which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest.

What classifies as a listed building?

There is a statutory list of all buildings of special architectural interest, compiled by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and their advisors English Heritage.

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. 

Examples of the most common types of listed buildings are:

  • country houses
  • castles
  • churches
  • telephone kiosks
  • milestones
  • village pumps
  • most buildings built before 1700 which survive in anything like their original condition
  • most built between 1700 and 1840 with most original features intact
Listing grades

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
Find a listed building in Melton Borough

Enter the building's postcode to find if it is listed.

Last updated 6 September 2021
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