Heritage assets

1. Listed buildings

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, on advice from Historic England.

Historic England 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 399 entries on the statutory list of listed buildings.

Details of these listed buildings are available to view in the 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

Buildings of local architectural or historic interest, also known as locally listed buildings, have formal status and are afforded protection through local and national planning policies. In Stockport there are currently 464 entries on the list of locally listed buildings.

For more information, get in touch with the Conservation Officer by emailing paul.hartley@stockport.gov.uk or fiona.albarracin@stockport.gov.uk, or calling 0161 474 4563 or 0161 474 4561.