Last edited 19 Jun 2016

Listed building heritage partnership agreement

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[edit] Introduction

The designation of ‘listed building’ places special controls on the demolition, alteration or extension of buildings, objects or structures of particular architectural or historic interest. Demolition, alteration or extension of a listed building in a way that is likely to affect its special architectural or historical interest is only allowed with listed building consent.

A Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement (LBHPA) is an agreement between a local planning authority and any owner of a listed building, or group of buildings, which grants listed building consent for types of works (alterations or extensions) to the building(s) for the duration of the agreement. Owners do not then need to submit repeated applications for listed building consent for the works covered. They might, for example, be used for large office buildings or university campuses, and as well as alterations or extensions, can also include other matters such as public access or management factors.

This is different to a Local Listed Building Consent Order, which grants general listed building consent for specified works (alteration or extension) to listed buildings of a specified description or in a specified part of a local authority’s area. They are likely to be used for groups of similar or related listed buildings in multiple ownership, for example, estate villages or terraced houses.

[edit] Content of an agreement

The exact content of an agreement will vary, however Historic England has produced a guidance leaflet which contains example headings which could be included in an agreement:

  • Introduction: including details of who the agreement is made between.
  • Details of the buildings to be covered by the agreement.
  • Description of the consented works.
  • Statement of reason for the consented works.
  • Purpose of the agreement.
  • Term of the agreement: the period covered.
  • Review and termination.
  • Other agreement particulars.

In addition, site survey information, photographs and site plans may be required.

There is no formal application process since they are an agreement between parties. However, it is necessary for publicity and consultation to be undertaken in line with The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Heritage Partnership Agreements) Regulations 2014. This includes publicising the agreement as a site notice, on the local authority’s website and also consulting any owners that are not party to the agreement.

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