Conservation & Design

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: How can I find out if a building is listed?

Answer: You can search on the National Heritage List for England to find out if a property is listed or please use the council's Online Map to search for listed buildings. - Related Link

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Question: Can I recommend something for listing?

Answer: You can suggest a building for listing by filling out an online application form on the Historic England website. - Related Link

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Question: How long does it take to get listed building consent?

Answer: The statutory determination period for listed building consent is 8 weeks from when the application is successfully registered.

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Question: How do I appeal against a refusal of listed building consent?

Answer: Details of how to appeal can be found on the Planning Portal. - Related Link

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Question: What happens if unauthorised works are carried out on a listed building?

Answer: It is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building which affects its special historic or architectural interest without listed building consent having been granted by the local planning authority. People undertaking illegal works could be liable to prosecution, and/or be made to change what has been done. The maximum penalty could include imprisonment and fines.

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Question: Is listed building consent different from planning permission?

Answer: Yes. Unlike planning applications which will take into account planning considerations, listed building consent applications are determined only upon the impact to the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building. - Related Link

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Question: What is a list description?

Answer: A list description is a written description of a listed building used predominantly for locating the building.

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Question: Are there any grants available for repairs to a listed building?

Answer: The Council does not offer any grants for the repair or maintenance of historic buildings. However, grants may be available from other sources.

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Question: How am I affected if I purchase a listed building which has had unauthorised works undertaken?

Answer: As the new owner you would take on the burden of any unauthorised works. The council can consider the service of an enforcement notice seeking the removal of the unauthorised works and replacement with works that replicate what was present prior to the unauthorised works taking place. It is therefore very important to ensure that any works that have been undertaken obtained consent where necessary.

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Question: Is my property in a conservation area?

Answer: A full list of all conservation areas with Boundary Maps and Character Appraisals can be found in the related link. Alternatively, please use our online map which can be found as a related link under FAQ "Does the Council have any detailed information aobut individual conservation areas?" - Related Link

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Question: Do I have to pay for the planning application if my property has been served with an Article 4 Direction?

Answer: There is no fee for planning applications submitted to the Local Planning Authority as a consequence of an Article 4 Direction.


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Question: Is my property covered by an Article 4 Direction?

Answer: If an Article 4 Direction has been served it will be clearly identified within the individual conservation area appraisal. A full list of all Conservation Areas with Character Appraisals and Boundary Maps can be found by clicking this link. - Related Link

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Question: Are grants available to undertake works of repair or restoration to a property in a conservation area?

Answer: Unfortunately, the Council does not have the resources available to provide grants.

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Question: Does the council have any detailed information about individual conservation areas?

Answer: A full list of all Conservation Areas with Boundary Maps and Character Appraisals can be found by clicking the related link under FAQ "Is my property in a Conservation Area?" Alternatively, please use the council's Online map to search for Conservation areas by clicking the related link. - Related Link

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Question: Is VAT applicable on works to a listed building?

Answer: For detailed information on VAT and listed buildings you should contact HM Revenue & Customs. - Related Link

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Question: Are there any controls over demolition of an unlisted building or structure in a conservation area?

Answer: Planning permission for demolition (previously known as conservation area consent) will be required to demolish most buildings and parts of some structures such as boundary walls even where the intention may be to rebuild with a replica of the existing structure. Please note: demolition, where consent is required and has not been obtained, is a criminal offence and liable to prosecution.

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Question: Are there any controls over minor alterations to an unlisted building in a conservation area?

Answer: Yes, on properties where Article 4 Direction’s have been served and where alterations are not deemed to be permitted development. It should be noted that well meant small "improvements", such as replacement windows which may not require formal approval in the case of unlisted domestic buildings, can easily spoil the character of an historic street and affect the value of a property. Further guidance regarding making changes to a property can be found on the Historic England website. - Related Link

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Question: Do I need permission to replace my windows or doors in an unlisted building in a conservation area?

Answer: Only on properties where Article 4 Directions have been served where proposed works fronts a public highway, waterway or open space or if the property is a flat/maisonette or has a commercial use. It should be noted that well meant small "improvements", such as replacement windows or front doors which may not require formal approval in the case of unlisted domestic buildings, can easily spoil the character of an historic street and affect the value of a property. Further guidance regarding the care, repair and upgrading of windows can be found on the Historic England website. - Related Link

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Question: Are there any controls over works to trees in a conservation area?

Answer: Trees in conservation areas have special protection because of the contribution they make to the character and setting of the area. Tree surgery work on any species of tree, including fruit trees, from simple pruning to crown reduction, thinning or felling, should not proceed unless you have given the local planning authority six weeks' prior notice. Permission may also be required to remove a hedge or significantly reduce its height, if it has not been regularly maintained. Please note that you do not normally need permission to cut down or do work to trees that are less than 75mm in diameter (measured 1.5m above ground). Shrub species are also exempt. Trees in conservation areas already protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) are, of course, subject to the normal TPO controls.

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Question: I live in an unlisted flat/maisonette/commercial property. Will I be affected by conservation area designation?

Answer: No, such properties do not benefit from permitted development rights and so will need to make a planning application in the normal way.

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Question: How can I get a copy of a list description for a listed building?

Answer: You can search on the National Heritage List for England to find out if a property is listed and obtain a copy of the list description. Please remember that property names can change so it is worth checking that the description is the correct one for the property you are searching for. - Related Link

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Question: Is the whole of a listed building included in the listing?

Answer: Yes, the whole of the building is listed unless otherwise stated in the list description (this is only likely to apply to recent additions to the statutory list of buildings).

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Question: As my listed building is "only" Grade II listed, surely it is only the outside that is protected?

Answer: No, the whole of the building is listed including the interior, rear elevations, curtilage structures and boundary walls.

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Question: Will the council visit the listed building I am looking to purchase to identify what works have been undertaken with or without consent?

Answer: No, the council is unable to provide this service. However, there are many historic building surveyors will provide this service for a fee.

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Question: How can I apply for Listed Building Consent?

Answer: If you want to alter or extend a listed building in a way that affects its character or appearance as a building of special architectural or historic interest, or even demolish it, you must first apply for listed building consent from your local planning authority. Details of how to apply can be found on the Historic England website.
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Question: What should I do if I notice unauthorised work being carried out in a conservation area?

Answer: If you are concerned that unauthorised works are being carried out in a conservation area then you should contact the local planning authority by using the Contact tab, telephone 01983 823552, email development@iow.gov.uk or write to Conservation & Design, Isle of Wight Council, Seaclose Offices, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QS.

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