What is a Listed Building?
A listed building is a building of ‘special architectural or historic interest’ that has been identified and included on a government list of protected buildings under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.
English Heritage administer the statutory list. Anyone can ask for a building to be considered for listing. English Heritage will assess the case and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who may or may not add the building to the list.
What does designation mean?
Listing gives the building protection from unauthorised demolition and unsympathetic change but it is not a preservation order, preventing any change. Listing aims to make sure that any future change does not harm the special character of the building.
The listing covers the whole building inside and out and may also include other buildings in the curtilage, or immediate surroundings, such as boundary walls and ancillary buildings.
Listed Building Consent is required for any alteration that might affect the special interest of the building. This process is administered by the Local Authority. Consent is not required for exact like-for-like repairs – ie exactly the same materials and exactly the same design. It’s always best to check if consent is required because undertaking works to a listed building without the necessary consents can be a criminal act and can result in prosecution.
Listed Buildings in Leeds
There are over 3,300 listed buildings in Leeds (based on 2,300 list entries). A gazetteer of all the listed buildings in the metropolitan area is available here.
Listed Building descriptions are accessible through the National Heritage List for England