THE EFFECT OF LISTED, SCHEDULED AND REGISTERED PROTECTION
Formal consent is required before any work is undertaken to any structure, site or landscape that is given one of the forms of protection noted on the ‘Types of Protection’ page.
Depending on the level of designation the approval may need to be obtained from the local planning authority, the national designating body, or sometimes both. This is to ensure that nothing is done that might alter or destroy the character, fabric or related importance of the protected area. Failure to obtain the necessary consents can lead to large fines or even imprisonment.
Because this legislation is intended to protect a wide range of buildings and sites it is necessary for both those who are seeking consent and those who are granting it to fully understand the implications of the effect the proposal may have.
Therefore an application to undertake work should clearly explain the proposal and then demonstrate what effect it will have on the protected site and is often known as an ‘Historic building character impact assessment’