Listed buildings are protected under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. Wakefield district has over 700 Listed Buildings.
A listed building is a building included on the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest drawn up by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
The lists include a variety of structures from castles and cathedrals to milestones and village pumps.
What is the effect of listing?
If you wish to demolish a listed building, or to alter or extend it in a way that affects its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest, you must apply for listed building consent.
Even relatively minor works, such as painting, may affect the character of a listed building so you should always contact the Conservation Team prior to starting any works. Also read what works require listed building consent
The fact that a building is listed does not necessarily mean that it must be preserved intact for all time. The main purpose of listing is to ensure that care will be taken over decisions affecting its future, that any alterations respect the particular character and interest of the building, and that the case for its preservation is taken fully into account in considering the merits of redevelopment proposals.
Special status and protection is given to the oldest sites and structures in the district by their designation by English Heritage as scheduled ancient monuments. These are strictly controlled by English Heritage and as with listed buildings, works to alter, extend or demolish them need consent and so do most works of maintenance.