A building that is referred to as “Listed” indicates that it appears on a register that is drawn up to include buildings who’s character it is desirable to protect. Most people are aware whether or not they live in a listed building, but if there is any doubt it is worth checking before any work or repairs are carried out.
The purpose of listing is not to prevent any alterations, but to protect a building from ill considered or inappropriate alteration. Owners and occupiers of listed buildings should be aware that being listed covers both the interior and exterior of their buildings. Listed building consent is required for alteration, demolition or part demolition that affects the character of a listed building. Buildings within the boundary of a listed building, whether or not they are attached or specifically mentioned in the listed description, are also considered to be listed.
Listed building consent is applied for from the Exmoor National Park Authority; there is no fee payable for the submission of Listed Building Consent applications. The forms are available from Exmoor House and must be accompanied by a site plan at scale of 1:1250, with proposal edged red and other land owned edged blue. Block plans should be 1:200 or 1:500 and show the proposed development in relation to boundaries, access and adjoining properties. Elevations and floor plans should be 1:50 or 1:100 with details of materials. Six copies of application forms and all drawings are to be submitted.