Listed Buildings are graded I, II* or II in recognition of their relative importance. They include fine examples of buildings associated with well-known architects or, a particular architectural period. Listed buildings can range from minor structures such as street furniture and telephone kiosks through to internationally recognised buildings.
The whole of the building is protected. This includes its interior; where historic fabric survives, as well as its exterior. Objects or structures attached to the building or, within the grounds, which have formed part of the land since before 1 July 1948, are also protected.
On large or complex listed buildings and, in particular, those owned by the Council or other public bodies, it is recognised good practice to prepare either a Conservation Plan or a Conservation Statement. This will look at the detailed history and architectural character of the building, so as to define its special significance. Policies can then be put together in order to protect the building’s special character.
Conservation Plans already exist for:
- The Crescent, Natural Baths and Pump Room, Buxton
- The former Devonshire Royal Hospital, Buxton
- Torr Vale Mill, New Mills
- Municipal Buildings, Market Hall and Town Hall, Glossop
- The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton (see below to view this document)
Copies of all of the above can be viewed at the Regeneration Service’s offices, Municipal Buildings, Glossop.
It is a statutory duty of the council to ensure that all works to listed buildings preserves their special historic or architectural character. Any demolition, extensions or, alterations that affect the character will require prior Listed Building Consent. This may include some internal alterations and certain repairs and maintenance works.
It is not the intention of listing to prevent any alterations or changes to a building, but to ensure that if works are carried out they respect the building's historic and architectural character. There will, however, be a strong presumption in favour of preservation and minimising any disturbance to the building. It is an offence to carry out any of these works to a listed building without Listed Building Consent and the council may take action against any unauthorised works.
It is always preferable to proceed with the sympathetic repair of a listed building. The council can advise on correct repair techniques and those repairs, which can be carried out without the need for Listed Building Consent.
There is a statutory duty on the owners of listed buildings to maintain their property in a manner that preserves its architectural or historic character. This can result in a higher than usual financial responsibility. If a listed building falls into disrepair or is not being properly preserved the Council can enforce repairs through legal action if necessary.
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Last updated: 14th March 2013