Listed building advice
We have a variety of teams that can help with listed buildings advice, from finding out what can be done to the property, to finding out if the property is in a conservation area. Below is a summary of these areas and a link to pages that you may find useful:
For projects involving archaeology, advice should be sought from the Cambridgeshire County Council Historic Environment Team.
For Conservation Area Appraisals, and to find out if your property is within a Conservation Area, please see our Conservation Areas page.
To find out if your property is a listed building please use our friendly planning search map.
What is a listed building?
A listed building is any structure considered by the Secretary of State (for Culture, Media and Sport) to be 'of special architectural or historic interest' and included in a list of such buildings. The list is maintained by Historic England and is available on-line through the National Heritage List for England.
Listed buildings are classified into 3 grades:
Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest. Just 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I.
Grade II* buildings are particularly important buildings of more than special interest. 5.5% of listed buildings are Grade II*.
Grade II buildings are of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them. Over 90% of all listed buildings are in this grade.
Listing is not intended to prevent change, but to ensure changes are sympathetic to the significance of the listed building and either preserve or enhance the special architectural or historic interest of the structure.
- Development Control has lead responsibility for planning applications, including those for Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent
- Planning Policy has lead responsibility for Local Planning Documentation
- The Historic Environment Team sits within our Consultancy Unit.
The Historic Environment Team covers historic areas, buildings and structures, including listed buildings and conservation areas.
Our main services
- Providing advice and information to owners, agents, the public and others
- Advising Development Control on planning applications affecting historic buildings and areas
- Giving guidance on the heritage information required with applications
- Advising on housing growth and other changes which could affect historic buildings and areas
- Taking action to ensure that historic buildings are preserved
- Supporting enhancement projects and other improvements
- Managing historic guardianship sites and closed churchyards
- Producing policy and guidance such as Conservation Area Appraisals and Supplementary Planning Documents
- Recognising success through the Built Heritage Award Scheme
- Celebrating and promoting South Cambridgeshire's historic villages and buildings
Supporting key documents
District Design Guide
- Design Guide (Contents & Chapter 1)
- Design Guide (Chapters 2 & 3)
- Design Guide (Chapters 4, 5 & 6)
- Design Guide (Chapters 7, 8, 9)
- Design Guide (Appendices)
Services provided by others
Historic England (previously English Heritage)
Historic England works in partnership with central government departments, local authorities, voluntary bodies and the private sector to:
- Conserve and enhance the historic environment
- Broaden public access to the heritage
- Increase people's understanding of the past
Historic England is particularly involved with Grade I and II* listed buildings and major schemes affecting conservation areas, and offer a pre-application advisory service for relevant buildings. Major applications involving Grade II listed buildings may also meet the requirements for Historic England advice. (The District Council is responsible for dealing with planning, listed building and conservation area consent applications, however, and should normally be the first point of contact).
- Ancient Monuments Society
- Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
- Georgian Group
- Victorian Society
- 20th Century Society
- Garden History Society
Professional and craft bodies
- Institute for Historic Building Conservation
- Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
- Royal Institute of British Architects
- Royal Town Planning Institute
- National Society of Master Thatchers
- East Anglia Master Thatchers
Information on historic buildings, sites and places
- Images of England
- Heritage Gateway
- Pevsner Architectural Guide
- Building Conservation
- Vision of Britain
- Historic OS Maps
Government legislation, guidance and advice
- Planning Portal
- Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990
- National Planning Policy Framework 2012
- Energy Saving Trust
- Disability and the Equality Act 2010 - from Direct Gov
Other useful websites and possible sources of grant aid
- Architectural Heritage Fund
- Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust
- Churches Conservation Trust
- Church of England, Church care
- Diocese of Ely
- East of England Buildings Preservation Trust
- Funds for historic buildings
- Heritage Alliance Funding Directory
- Heritage Lottery Fund
- Historic Environment Local Management (HELM)
- Maintain our Heritage
- Maintain your building