Contact And Befriend The Local Conservation Officer
As one of the most important contacts for a person who owns or is thinking of owning a listed building, the conservation officer is responsible for making sure that listed buildings are preserved properly.
Belonging to the local council, conservation officers will also be the professional that grants or declines your planning permission application.
If you gain listed building consent from the conservation officer to alter your listed property, the officer is likely to provide advice on what materials to use for preservation purposes. They can also ask that repairs made to the property follow specific techniques, all of which fall under ‘listed building consent’.
Get into their good books by showing a genuine interest in their role and the work they do.
You can do this by including them in initial talks, alongside other professionals, and ensuring them through conversation that you have the property’s protection in mind despite wanting to renovate.
Be Thorough In Your Planning Permission Application
Less is always more, except in the case of planning permission applications. We encourage our clients to include as much information as possible about their proposed renovation plans when applying for planning permission.
Our input as designers is just a small portion of the information to be provided, but it’s always best to be thorough.
Be clear on the materials and construction techniques to be used as a basis but elaborate where needed. You should be able to highlight why the proposed changes to the property are going to be beneficial and how the property will look as a final result. This brings us to the next topic…
Respect The Original Character of The House
Listed homes are listed due to their historic interest and renovations can largely impact a historical environment of a building.
To gain permitted development rights it is important that you are respectful of the property’s original character and demonstrate your desire to protect it for future generations.
Obtaining planning permission can be made more complicated when there is the possibility of damage to a home’s original fabric.
Therefore, we advise that in your planning permission application you explain the types of construction approaches to be used and how they will not be detrimental to the listed building.
One of the main reasons why listed homes are protected is because of their special architectural features. To diminish them would be proving that you are not respectful and not interested in the historic significance of such buildings.