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Listed Buildings

Listed buildings is a building, object or structure that is considered to have special architectural and or historic interest. They are deemed national importance and should be protected for future generations.

Listed buildings are included on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE). Buildings are assessed and included by Historic England on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) of the UK Government. Further information with regards to Listed Buildings, Historic Buildings and sites can be found on Historic England - What is Listing? and Somerset Historic Environment Record webpage.

Listed buildings are protected by the Planning (Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (the Act). Section 7 of this Act states that works that consist of the demolition or the alteration or extension of a listed building in any manner which would affect the building's special character or appearance require listed building consent. This is a separate type of consent to planning permission. Confirmation on whether particular works will require listed building consent can be obtained by contacting the Conservation Officer on 0300 303 7800. This can be confirmed in a formal manner by the submission of a Certificate of Lawfulness, for further information please go to our Certificate of Lawfulness page.

The Pre-Planning Application Advice service is also available which provides confirmation about the acceptability of proposed works that will affect the character and appearance of the listed building. To be clear, this service does not replace the requirement to obtain listed building consent. There is a fee for this service and further details can be found within the booklet below.

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As part of the application process, the proposed works to a listed building are considered in line with the following guidance and policy documents:

  • Section 12 of the National Planning Policy Framework;
  • Policies within Sedgemoor District Council's Local Plan;
  • Conservation Principles: Policies and Guidance for the sustainable management of the historic environment.
  • Historic England's Good Practice Guidance Notes;
    • Note 1 - The Historic Environment in Local Plans - this document sets out information to help local planning authorities make well informed and effective local plans.
    • Note 2 - Managing Significance in Decision-Taking - this document contains useful information on repairing, restoring, making additions and altering heritage assets to help local authorities, planning and other consultants, owners, applicants and other interested parties in implementing national historic environment policy and guidance.
    • Note 3 - The Setting of Heritage Assets - this document sets out guidance on managing change within the setting of heritage assets, including archaeological remains and historic buildings, sites, areas and landscapes.

Application forms and guidance notes can be found on the Listed Building Consent Application.

Delisted Buildings

  1. Go to the Heritage Gateway website  Heritage Gateway - Search for information on England's historic sites and buildings, including images of Listed Buildings
    Note: These records only reflect decisions made since 12 November 2012. Records removed from the National Heritage List for England (NHLE) before this date, together with records for buildings and sites assessed but not designated before this date, are not available to view on the Heritage Gateway.
  2. Enter part of the property or street name i.e. Stones Farmhouse or Brook Street and click on the search button.
  3. De-listed building will be displayed under the National Designation Decisions heading.

For help with searching, or to report an error with the Heritage Gateway website, please email them directly at or telephone them on 01793 414883.

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