Listed Building Consent
Listed Building Consent is required, under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, for any work that would affect the character or appearance of a listed building. This includes any alteration, extensions or demolition.
For general maintenance and repairs Listed Building Consent is not usually required, provided that the original fabric of the building is being repaired on a 'like for like' basis. A like for like replacement should be an exact replica of the original and not just a mere resemblance, and both the materials and style should be matched. However, if the repairs or maintenance would constitute as a building operation, such as the replacement of an entire roof, then consent will be required. Advice and written approval should always be sought first from the Local Planning Authority.
Any buildings or structures within the curtilage or grounds of a listed building that originate from before 1 July 1948 are also effectively listed. Therefore consent may also be required for any works affecting features such as sundials, garden walls and outbuildings. If you are in any doubt whether a building is within the curtilage of a listed building seek the advice of the Local Planning Authority. Remember that under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 it is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building without first obtaining Listed Building Consent. Doing so can lead to heavy financial penalties and even a possible prison sentence.
Precise architectural details and choice of materials are usually very important factors when determining applications for works that affect listed buildings. It is therefore vital that any drawings submitted with a related application are of a large enough scale and suitably annotated to illustrate all relevant features. If you are restoring a building historic photographs are a useful source to identify original and traditional features and it is advisable that they are included with your application. Guidance on the requirements for Listed Building Consent applications please refer to the link 'Scheme for validation of planning applications' and the help notes which accompany the Listed Building Consent application.
These can be downloaded from the planning website and can be submitted electronically through the Planning Portal. Mansfield District Council actively encourages the submission of Planning Applications using the electronic method, this means you only need to complete one set of forms and there are no printing or postage costs.