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  • Karenna Wilford

How can I extend a listed building?

Updated: Feb 22

When extending a listed building one of the most important considerations is how the proposals will affect the enjoyment of the historic building. The listed buildings officer has a duty to ensure that there will be no physical or visual harm to the existing building. We sometimes advise appointing a consultant who will carry out research and provide an understanding of when the different parts of the building were built and their historical significance.


Below are existing and proposed plans for a project where the clients had a very small kitchen and dining area, with low ceilings and minimal natural light. We designed and obtained planning permission for a modern extension that provided the clients with the space they needed and a stronger relationship to their courtyard garden. We also formed a new entrance hall which adjoined an outbuilding which was refurbished to provide useful mud room and utility spaces. The proposals were modern but sympathetic and after negotiation with the listed buildings officer we obtained planning permission which the clients were very pleased with.


We have a lot of experience with extending and refurbishing listed buildings, do contact us if you would like to discuss your potential project.

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