Listed buildings are objects or structures that have been judged by Historic England and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to be of national importance in terms of architectural or historic interest. All of these structures, once approved, feature on a dedicated register called
The List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
There are increased rules around listed buildings, so any garden building or outbuilding that is to be placed within the curtilage of a listed property will require planning permission. If you go one step further and require a structure to be built and attached to a listed property, you will need both listed building consent AND planning permission.
These restrictions should not put you off though, as we build a considerable number of garden buildings for customers with listed properties.
There are also additional limitations if your property is located on designated land. As a whole, designated land covers national parks, the Broads, World Heritage Sites, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and conservation areas.
There are two main points to get your head around with designated land: one includes conservation areas, one does not:
Let’s start with the first point (this point only refers to garden buildings that are to be placed in either national parks, World Heritage Sites, the Broads or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. NOT conservation areas): the maximum area to be covered by garden buildings that are positioned more than 20m from any wall of the house is limited to 10m2. You can still have a garden building larger than 10m2 in your garden if you wish, you would just need to obtain planning permission before you can do so.
The second point refers to designated land as a whole (so it INCLUDES conservation areas): on designated land you cannot have a garden building to the side of a property without requiring planning permission.
Once you have clarified these points, and know that you are following the above criteria, you can refer to, what we call, the ‘normal planning rules’. These are the criteria that have been specified from the beginning of this article in the first two sections.
Obtaining planning permission is not as difficult a process as popular myth would lead you to believe; our dedicated team are always on hand to advise and help if you should have any concerns.