Owners of Listed Buildings know they live in something special and important and most would know that they need Listed Building Consent if they wanted to extend it. However it isn’t always apparent that consent is sometimes required for even quite minor alterations and failure to obtain that consent can result in some tricky situations with Local Authorities.
In some instances, overly zealous Councils can take offence at even quite minor works and a recent case we were involved in concerned the erection of a small flue for a log burner on the side of a converted barn. The barn itself wasn’t listed but the house to which it was attached was, leading the Council to serve an Enforcement Notice on the unfortunate owner.
The flue conformed in all respects with the best practice guidance of English Heritage, being coloured black and involving the minimum amount of chimney coming out of the building.
On our advice, the client opted for an Informal Hearing that allowed us to explore with the Inspector the reasons for the flue being inserted how it was and all the alternatives that were put forward, including the Council’s ideas for a brick chimney suspended on thin air! The Inspector took just a few days to find wholly in favour of the appellant, finding the chimney a highly sustainable form of heating that didn’t have the adverse impact claimed by the Council. A very relieved client was able to retain his log burner!
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