The Country Houses and Estates Department in London published its first “Guide to Listed Building Legislation” some 20 years ago. The aim was to produce practical information for owners of listed buildings. Since then we have been helping owners understand the implications of the legislation and where necessary put owners and potential owners in touch with the relevant experts to help them resolve specific technical problems.
Listed Building Legislation is a complicated mix of law and common sense which encompasses a vast grey area left open to interpretation. Many cases are judged on their merit rather than strict planning principals and the primary legislation is left to the interpretation of local conservation officers in the first instance.
Although the main legislation has not changed in recent years, decisions taken on such issues as VAT, EPC’s, EU legislation and case law has resulted in the fundamental bedrock of the law relating to listed buildings becoming shifting sands.
Our objective is to help steer our clients through the legislation and, as a result of our many years of experience, where necessary enlisting the help of other specialists, we can smooth the way through the sometimes thorny legislation to help gain the confidence and support of both conservation officers and inspectors.
Dawn Carritt020 7664 6646