Regulation surrounding the modification of listed buildings and the development of conservation areas can be extremely complex, with serious repercussions if the process is not carried out correctly. Specialist legal advice is therefore necessary to guide you through the process, ensuring that your interests are protected. This is what Thursfields provides.

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Our Listed Building and Conservation Area Services

Obtaining listed building consent is a multi-faceted operation that has several key points to consider. We’re able to help with a broad spectrum of matters, such as:

  • Advising whether listed building planning consent is required
  • Obtaining listed building consent
  • Advising on conservation area consent
  • Negotiations and appeals
  • Defending consent disputes regarding listed buildings and conservation areas

Whatever you’re looking to achieve, our solicitors are perfectly placed to deliver your desired results.

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Advice for Listed Building and Conservation Areas

There are many complex challenges involved in securing listed building consent and conservation area consent. It’s a highly-regulated area and projects can be extremely expensive and time-consuming.

Thursfields’ solicitors have in-depth knowledge of the planning criteria and changing case law surrounding listed building and conservation area consent. We can advise you whether you will need to obtain permission before work begins and also explain potential timescales and costs so you can make informed decisions throughout the process. We provide a proactive service designed to achieve your goals.

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Listed Building Planning Consent Solicitors

If you’re ever unsure about your requirements regarding listed building or conservation area consent, you can rely on our team to help.

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Karen Dodd

Director & Head of Residential Property

Karen has many years experience in all areas of residential conveyancing, having gained experience in both private practice and in-house with a national developer.

She leads the team to provide clients with the highest standards of service, ensuring they are guided throughout the process and achieve a resolution that is in line with their goals.


Want to know more about our listed building and conservation area services? Contact our team today.

A Tailored Approach to

Listed Building Consent

The rules surrounding listed building and conservation area consent can vary depending on the type of project you want to commence and the property or location involved. As a result, a blanket approach to legal advice is not sufficient enough to guarantee compliance and keep you secure. You need to work with a solicitor that not only knows the law but can tailor their service to match your unique circumstances and deal with any challenges that may arise.

Our team will work with you to understand your goals and advise on the specific requirements you will need to follow to complete your project as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. We’ll be honest and open about the potential hurdles you may face and keep you in-the-know throughout the process — enabling you to make informed decisions at every step.

We can also assist if you are facing legal action or are in dispute over whether the required consent was granted. When there’s so much at stake, it’s important not to take a chance with your legal advice.

A Full Service Property Law Firm

It’s possible for a listed building to be used for business purposes instead of residential. If this is the case, you will need to work with a solicitor who can not only help you with listed building consent where required, but is also perfectly placed to handle any commercial property situation that may arise. This is where Thursfields can assist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Listed buildings are judged to be of special historical or architectural importance and be of national interest. This is due to their age, how they were constructed, or their rarity, with the aim being to preserve the UK’s heritage. There are three categories of listed building: Grade I, Grade II*, and Grade II, with Grade I being the most important.

Listed building consent is designed to preserve the character and appearance of a listed building should any demolition, alteration, or extension work be planned. Before any such work can take place, permission must be sought from the relevant authorities to ensure the project will be sympathetic to and appropriate for the building in question.

Listed building consent is valid for a period of 12 months from the date permission was granted. It’s possible to seek an extension if required, however this will need authorising by the Secretary of State and is handled on a case-by-case basis. Should your work not be started within the given timeframe, you will need to apply for consent again.

Yes, it is entirely possible to apply for listed building planning consent after work has already taken place. However, there is no guarantee it will be approved, meaning you could still face prosecution if permission is not granted. It may also affect your chances of selling your property if any unauthorised work has taken place.

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For a thorough and pragmatic approach to listed building and conservation area consent, get in touch with our team today.