Rossendale Borough Council

Listed buildings and other designations

Listed buildings

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Buildings of special architectural or historic interest are listed by the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, following advice from English Heritage (EH). The designation protects a vast range of building types from all ages including an increasing number of 20th century structures.

Rossendale has over 270 list entries, some of which cover more than one building. The National Heritage List for England, that contains th details of each listed building, can be seached on the English Heritage website at

Anyone can nominate a building for listing and details can be found on the English Heritage website

English Heritage uses a range of criteria when deciding whether to recommend the addition of a nominated structure to the national list:

- Architectural interest; significance as examples of building types and   styles.

- Historic interest; buildings which illustrate aspects of the nation's social, economic, cultural or military history.

- Close historical association with nationally important buildings or events.

 -Group value; buildings which form part of an architecturally significant group type such as a terrace or square.

Three grades of listing have been drawn up, reflecting the variety of the country's historic building stock and the different levels of protection required:

  Grade I       Buildings of exceptional interest.

  Grade II *    Particularly important buildings of more than special interest.

  Grade II      Nationally important and of special interest.

The overwhelming majority (nationally, 92%) of the listed building stock in Rossendale is Grade II. Further information can be obtained from the English Heritage website.

Listed Building Consent

In all cases where planning permission is required, owners must also apply for Listed Building Consent. The application form and guidance notes for making an application can be found on the Planning Portal website Any application will also need to be supported by a heritage statement explaining and justifying the proposed work. Details on what to include in a heritage statement can be found in the council's 'Validation of Planning and Other Application' information.

Listed building consent is also necessary for any works that are likely to affect the special architectural or historic interest of the building, that may otherwise be 'permitted development'. The designation covers all parts of the structure, both internal and external, including buildings and structures within the curtilage. Examples of work that is likely to require Listed Building Consent include:

- Building alterations and extensions

- Demolition works, including boundary walls

- Alteration to or replacement of windows or doors

- Removal of internal walls and chimney breasts

- Painting render, brick or stonework

- Altering fireplaces

Listed building consent is not normally required for repairs undertaken on a 'like for like' basis, but where they involve alterations that would affect the character of the listed building, consent is required.

If you have any doubt about whether consent will be required, you are strongly advised to contact the Conservation Section. The Council's conservation officer can advise on the need for permission and can also provide guidance on the nature of works that may be necessary (for instance the acceptable specification for window replacements).

Carrying out unauthorised works to a listed building is a criminal offence and owners and those carrying out the work can be prosecuted. In addition, the planning authority can require unauthorised works to be reversed.

Buildings at Risk

Where a listed building is being neglected and put at risk, the Council can serve a notice requiring the owner to undertake any necessary works. In default the Council can arrange for the work to be undertaken at the expense of the owner. In exceptional circumstances the Council can also apply for the compulsory acquisition of the building at minimal compensation.
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