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Friday 1 May 2015 11.38pm
Lovely terrace there. As I'm buying a grade II listed house (not in London!), though no expert I've lately been delving a fair bit into the requirements.

Conclusion: a listing generally protects the building inside and out, and potentially anything on the land (garden wall, steps, shed) from that date.

By then most places will have amassed a number of non-original bits to them. But it's a distinction that counts for little, as listed status is simply a snapshot in time. Future owners have to keep it as it then was, or make a case for change.

(Caveat emptor: if unauthorised works happen, the sins of both vendor and predecessors are visited on the next buyer.)

Easiest to get agreed, unless the space has special features: a replacement kitchen or bathroom. Hardest: erecting anything new or changing the layout. Second hardest: putting in double glazing.

Which for Jan means windows and doors get special scrutiny. I'd be intrigued to learn the procedure for council-as-landlord asking council-as-conservationist for permission to change something... But anyone concerned might want to start by contacting planning.enquiries@southwark.gov.uk / 020 7525 5403.

(Lastly, heritage issues aside, and however the planned new front doors look, best make sure they're not softwood - or soon your lock mightn't work because the flimsy framed sheet will have warped.)
Saturday 2 May 2015 8.18am
Thank you for that, when I get home I will scan the leaflets of the new proposed doors and send them by e-mail to James, as my i.t. knowledge is so basic..i.e. I turn off and I turn on! I will ask him to pop them under this post...:-)
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