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Listed buildings in Christchurch

The former borough of Christchurch contains almost 300 listed buildings, which form part of the unique character and heritage in the area. These are an asset, not only to the owner but also to the nation. We wish to work with owners to ensure that the character of listed buildings is retained.

Statutory listed buildings

Buildings which appear on the 'List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest' (or 'statutory list') are protected by the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. The list identifies those buildings which are of special interest, and gives a brief description of each building. It gives us extra powers to protect them, as well as imposing extra responsibilities on their owners.

The list classifies buildings into three grades:

Before making an application for listed building consent you may wish to discuss your proposals with the specialist Conservation Officer.

Locally listed buildings

Buildings on the 'Local Grade Listed Buildings' list ( view the local list) are not protected by national legislation and do not therefore have the same status in law. They are protected by policy BE19 of the Christchurch Local Plan (Adopted 2001) which affords the following protection:

  • Proposals to alter or extend buildings identified by the [former] Borough Council as being of local interest will only be permitted providing they are sympathetic in scale, proportion and materials to the existing building and respect its setting [Policy BE19, Christchurch Local Plan, 2001]
Please note: the lists provided through this page are not definitive. Listings can change over time and you will need to check with us to confirm the listed status of any building.

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