What is a listed building?
A listed building is a building which has been included in a
statutory list of buildings of Special Architectural or Historic
Interest, prepared by English Heritage. The list includes a wide
variety of buildings including farm buildings, bridges, milestones,
churches and telephone kiosks.
Listing is carried out nationally, and the
District Council holds a statutory list of buildings in their
area. Within the Malvern Hills District there are
approximately 1900 listed buildings
Why are buildings Listed?
These buildings represent the best and most
important examples of our built heritage. Listing is a means of
protecting these buildings from works which would harm their
special interest, so that they are preserved for the enjoyment of
How are buildings selected for
English Heritage is responsible for listing,
and most buildings have been selected in the course of a national
survey. The majority of the lists for the Malvern Hills
District were published between 1984 and 1989.
Buildings are selected for listing on set
criteria such as their architectural interest, historic interest,
close historical association or group value. Age and rarity
are important considerations. English Heritage process
to list buildings.
What is the difference between the
Listed buildings are graded to show their
relative national importance. There are three Grades
Grade I, II* and II.
Grade I are buildings of
exceptional interest (nationally only about 2% of listed
Grade II* are particularly
important buildings of more than special interest (only about 4% of
Grade II are buildings of
special interest, which warrant every effort being made to preserve
them (94% of listed buildings.
There is no legal difference in the protection
afforded by these grades.
What is the relevant
Current legislation relating to listed
buildings is contained within the Planning (Listed Buildings
and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.
What is included in the
The buildings are listed in their entirety,
including both their interior and exterior. Boundary walls
and other structures within the building or structure's historic
curtilage may also be included. It should also be
assumed that objects or structures fixed to the building are
If in doubt, please contact the council’s
Conservation Officers for advice on individual cases.
List descriptions are intended primarily to
aid identification and are not a definitive list of important
How do I find out if a
building is listed?
English Heritage has produced a record of all listed
Further Help and Advice
Please contact the Worcestershire Hub 01684
862151 or or alternatively email the Conservation
The Conservation Surgery, held in the Malvern Customer Service
Centre, will be by appointment only. Please
contact the Hub to book a fifteen minute appointment on a Wednesday
afternoon between 14-00 and 16-00. Please be advised that after
30th April 2014 the Conservation Surgeries will be