AN inspector refused work to a listed building
in Chester city centre intended to become part of a 19 bed boutique hotel.
In 2016 Wales & West's commercial subsidiary, Castell Homes, applied to develop the site with one application for all 15 homes and a separate one seeking consent to convert the listed building
into two homes.
Living in a listed building
might sound desirable - but it can come with a whole host of problems and hidden costs.
are classified into three grades: Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest.
II* or Grade 2 Listed buildings
are considered to be of special historical or architectural interest of national importance.
F YOU own a listed building
, home improvements are not as simple as they might otherwise be, so it's essential to play by the rules.
important are Grade Grade I listed Listed building
consent is required to make alterations and while some home improvements, such as internal redecoration, can often be done without consent, many others, such as removing original features, knocking down walls and changing the windows and doors, can't.
4 Before making any changes to a listed building
, consult your council's conservation department, as work that seems minor may require consent.
The Old Hall, in New North Road, Heckmondwike and the Fleece Inn on Jepson Lane in Elland are both Grade II* listed buildings
, achieving their listings in 1980 and 1968 respectively.
consent is required to make alterations and while some home improvements, such as internal redecoration, can usually be done without consent, many others, such as removing original features, knocking down walls and building extensions, can't.
It must also be remembered that listed buildings
attract much tourism to an area and there is always the potential to develop this further by securing and preserving them.
Locally listed buildings
are subject to normal planning controls, but the local listing will be taken into consideration if a planning application is made.