When buildings are ‘listed’ they are placed on statutory lists of buildings of ‘special architectural or historic interest’ compiled by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, on advice from English Heritage.
Bramall Hall - a Grade I Listed Building
English Heritage is the main national body who have the task of identifying and recommending ‘listing’ the most important buildings.
Listed buildings are graded to show their relative importance:
- Grade I buildings are those of exceptional interest.
- Grade II* buildings are particularly important and of more than special interest.
- Grade II buildings are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them.
Listed buildings have statutory protection and are subject to planning control. The demolition of, or any internal or external alterations to, a listed building are subject to Listed Building Consent which must be obtained from the Local Planning Authority.
In Stockport there are currently 388 entries on the statutory list of listed buildings.
Individual local planning authorities hold copies of the list produced by English Heritage of buildings that are of special architectural or historic interest within the authority’s area. Details of listed buildings for the Stockport area can be inspected at Fred Perry House, Edward Street, Stockport, SK1 3XE or at Stockport Central Library. The details are also now available in the online Stockport Historic Environment Database.
It is always advisable to contact the Conservation Officer for advice as ancillary buildings and structures may be considered to fall within the "curtilage" of a listed building making them subject to the same controls.
Buildings of Local Interest
These are sometimes known as locally listed buildings and have formal recognition in the planning system. In Stockport there are currently 366 entries on the list of locally listed buildings.
For more information contact the Conservation Officer using 'Related Contacts' on the right of the page.