Listed Buildings

Listed buildings have special architectural or historic interest and are nationally important.

Knowsley has over 100 listed buildings, including one Grade I building, and four Grade II* buildings; the remainder are listed at grade II.

Listed buildings are graded as follows:

  • Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
  • Grade II* buildings are particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
  • Grade II buildings are nationally important and of special interest.

You must get consent from the council before carrying out work which affects the special interest of listed buildings. This includes restorations, alterations, demolition and extensions. Please note that this requirement also applies to internal works and works affecting outbuildings and other structures such as walls which are associated with the principal listed building.

Undertaking work to a listed building which affects its special interest without having first gained Listed Building Consent is a criminal offence. If you are in any doubt as to whether you require consent for works you should contact Planning Services 0151 443 2380 for advice.

If you own a listed building, you are responsible for its maintenance. Failure to maintain a listed building in an acceptable condition may result in the council using its enforcement powers to ensure the building is preserved.


How do I find out if a building is listed?

Listed buildings in Knowsley provides information regarding these properties including their address and grading, or they can also be searched online, by visiting National Heritage List for England.

What is the extent of protection afforded by listing?

For all grades of buildings when a building is listed, it is listed in its entirety, which means that both the exterior and the interior are protected. In addition, any object or structure fixed to the building, and any object or structure within the curtilage of the building, which although not fixed to the building, forms part of the land and has done so since before 1 July 1948, is treated as part of the listed building.
The list description should be regarded as only being for the purposes of identifying the listed building.  Where a specific feature is not mentioned, this does not mean that it is not protected.  While more recent list descriptions include greater information about the history and significance of buildings, and in some cases exclude certain features from listing, the majority of list descriptions of buildings in Knowsley were written before these changes were introduced.

When is Listed Building Consent or Planning Permission required?

Listed Building Consent is a type of planning consent.  Listed Building Consent is required for any works for the demolition of a listed building, or for its alteration or extension, which is likely to affect its character as a building of special architectural or historical interest.  Given the difficult nature of deciding whether a building’s special interest is affected, and the potential legal consequences of failing to apply where required, you are advised to check with the Planning Service whether or not consent will be needed for what you plan to do. 

Alongside Listed Building Consent you might also require other consents e.g. Planning Permission or Advertisement Consent.  You are strongly advised to apply for all consents concurrently.
Ordinarily some types of development can be carried out without needing permission e.g. through exercising ‘permitted development’ or ‘deemed consent’ rights.  Where a building is listed, these rights can be more restricted.  For example the erection of sheds/garages/other outbuildings in the garden around a listed building, and any new or altered boundary treatments will require planning permission.  Where other forms of consents are required, these will be considered in light of any impacts on the listed building or its setting.

How do I apply for a building to become listed?

Anyone can apply for a building to be listed.  Applications should be made to Historic England, who make recommendations to the Secretary of State over individual applications.  For further information as to the process, and the criteria which will apply please see Historic England’s website.

Making an application

If you would like informal advice as to whether your proposals are likely to be granted permission, you should submit a Pre-application request for advice.  A charge is made for this service. 

Applications for Listed Building Consent are required to be supported by a Heritage Statement and a Design and Access Statement, which can be combined together.

Applications for Planning Permission where the works may affect the setting of a listed building are required to be supported by a heritage statement(link).  A Design and Access Statement (link), may also be required in some circumstances and this can be combined with the heritage statement.

Application forms, guidance notes on how to complete each form and checklists for the information required are available to download in pdf format from the Planning Portal website using the links below.

Please print and complete the appropriate form and return to:

  • [email protected], or;
  • Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, PO Box 26, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9FB, or;
  • by using a drop-off letterbox on the right side of Huyton Municipal Building main entrance (please make sure information is enveloped and clearly labelled for the attention of ‘Planning Services’)

Before submitting your application, please make sure you have included the relevant documents and enclosed the appropriate application fee.

1. Use this form to apply for Listed Building Consent for works or extension to a Listed Building:
Listed Building Consent (file size 452KB)
Guidance notes (file size 45.0KB)

2. Use this combined form to apply for planning permission and Listed Building Consent for the alteration of or extension of a dwelling:
Householder planning and Listed Building Consent (file size 455KB)
Guidance notes (file size 59.1KB)

3. Use this combined form to apply for planning permission with Listed Building Consent application:
Full Planning Consent and Listed Building Consent (file size 491KB)
Guidance notes (file size 101KB)

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