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Listed Buildings

Many buildings within the village have been identified as being of special architectural or historic interest and are included on a national list of buildings compiled by the Secretary of State.   

What requires Listed Building Consent?

Consent is required for demolition of a listed building and any alterations (both internal and external) which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest before the works are undertaken.  The following is a non-exhaustive list of works that usually require listed building consent unless otherwise agreed in writing by Dorset Council:

  1. Extensions;
  2. Replacement or alterations of architectural components e.g. windows and doors
  3. Abrasive cleaning of a building;
  4. Removal or application of internal plaster, external render, claddings or linings;
  5. Extensive re-pointing;
  1. Damp proofing;
  2. Attachment of signage, external lighting, satellite dishes, alarm boxes;
  3. Re-roofing including stripping of a multi-layered thatch roof or change in roofing material Insertion of flues and vents;

Insertion of flues and vents;

  1. Alteration of fireplaces and chimney stacks;
  2. External painting when a different colour or product is used to that existing, or where surfaces are currently untreated;
  3. Removal or modification of structural timbers;
  4. Removal or alteration of internal features such as doors, cupboards, panelling, floorboards and staircases;
  5. Changes to the plan-form of internal rooms (e.g. blocking door openings, removal or insertion of partitions or staircases);
  6. Works to pre-1948 curtilage structures;
  7. Installation of solar panels or wind turbines.

In addition to the above it should be noted that planning permission may also be required for alterations and extensions to listed buildings as well as development within their curtilage such as the erection of garden sheds or other structures (irrespective of any additional controls such as the Article 4 Direction.  Please note that in such circumstances a planning application will also incur a planning fee.  If you are unsure, please contact Dorset Council for guidance.

Repairs to Listed Buildings:

Sensitive repair work does not normally require listed building consent however it is necessary to contact the Dorset Council in advance of any such work in order that a determination can be made to whether works qualify as a ‘repair’.  As a rule of thumb ‘repair’ involves small scale maintenance works (e.g. replacement of a rotted window sill could be considered repair though replacement of the whole or substantial part of a window would be considered alteration and require consent).  A method statement and specification of materials used to carry out a repair job may be requested in advance in order to ensure that works are executed appropriately.