Charities: owners of listed buildings take note
By Christian Bull
There may be good news in store for charities in England with listed buildings and/or buildings of special architectural importance. The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 makes some important changes. The intention is to make it easier to carry out works to these sorts of buildings.
The act makes several changes. Three of the main changes include:
A certificate of lawfulness: once in force (it does not yet apply), this will allow the building owner to apply for a certificate in respect of proposed works to a listed building. If granted, this will mean that the owner will not require listed building consent for the proposed works. The test in securing this certificate will be whether the works affect the character of the building as a building of special architectural or historical interest. Further guidance is expected regarding the mechanism for applying for this certificate…
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