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Listed buildings register

The term 'listed building' refers to a building, object or structure that has been judged to be of national historical or architectural interest.

All buildings that benefit from 'Listed' status are included in a register called the "List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest", which is administered by English Heritage (Historic England) (opens new window) on behalf of the GOV.UK - Department of Culture, Media & Sport (opens new window).

The inclusion of a building in the "List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest" does not mean the building is preserved forever in its existing state. It merely ensures that the architectural and historic interest of the building is carefully considered before any alterations are agreed.

Listed buildings in Basildon Borough.

The highest concentration of listed buildings within Basildon Borough is in Billericay High Street, these include a number of timber-framed buildings.

Grade 1 Listed status is the highest level of listing awarded and we have two Grade 1 listed buildings in the Borough, these are,

  • The Church of St Mary Magdalene, in Great Burstead
  • St Nicholas Church in Laindon.

Listings are not only reserved for older buildings. The following are examples of post-war structures in Basildon Borough, both of 1960's construction and listed for their architectural significance,

  • Brooke House in Basildon Town Centre
  • Barstable Grammar School building in Basildon

How listed buildings are graded

There are three grades of Listed Building in England and Wales. These are:

  • Grade I Buildings of outstanding or exceptional interest
  • Grade II* Particularly important buildings of more than special interest but not of outstanding class
  • Grade II Buildings of special interest, which warrant every effort being made to preserve them

Grading can be changed following re-evaluation by English Heritage (Historic England) (opens new window) , which usually takes place after damage or alteration or when further evidence is found on the buildings historical or architectural value.

Demolition of, and alterations and/or extensions to a Listed Building

You will need to apply to Basildon Borough Council for Listed Buildings Consent to demolish, or to alter and/or extend a listed building in any way that would affect its character as a building of architectural or historic interest.

Please Note: The need for listed building consent is different from planning permission, although the processes are similar

It is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building without the prior 'Listed Building Consent' of Basildon Borough Council.

Carrying out unauthorised work can result in a fine and/or a prison sentence. You may also be required to put the building back to the way it was before work was carried out.