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Listed buildings

Some buildings of special architectural or historic interest appear on a list maintained by the Department for Culture Media and Sport and are generally known as Listed Buildings.

You can download locations of currently listed properties in Bexley from related downloads.

Anyone intending to demolish part or all of such a building or to alter it in some way that would affect its setting, architectural or historical interest should discuss their proposals with staff in the Council's Development and Public Protection Department.

It may be that a Listed Building consent would be needed before the works could legally proceed. This might be in addition to any consent needed to meet the building regulations or to obtain planning permission.

Applications for a Listed Building consent will be advertised in the press and by means of a site notice; they will probably be considered by the Conservation Advisory Committee before determination by the Planning Control Committee. Whenever the Council itself needs to make one of these applications, then a Secretary of State will be asked to make the decision.

The following can all be applied for online using the Planning Portal. We have also provided external links to relevant forms which you can download and complete. Help notes are included.

The following are not currently available to download (under review) - please contact us for advice

  • Application for Listed Building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a Listed Building plus advertisement consent
  • Application for Listed Building consent for alterations, extensions or demolition of a Listed Building and consent to display an advertisement(s)

Listed Buildings need to be treated with great respect and owners and occupiers should realise that it is a criminal offence to carry out work that needs Listed Building consent without obtaining it beforehand.

Some other local buildings are featured on a local list or subject to Article 4 Directions. These are also safeguarded for architectural reasons in the public interest. Please contact us if you need more details or to find out whether a particular building is listed.

Grants are occasionally awarded from the Bexley Heritage Fund to support the repair or restoration of historic buildings, especially those appearing on the national or local list. The guidance notes are downloadable from the right. Some works to Listed Buildings are exempt from Value Added Tax in order to encourage their proper care and maintenance.

To request a form to apply for a grant from the Bexley Heritage Fund please email us using the contact details on the right.

More information about the protection of the built environment is available from the English Heritage website.

Buildings of local interest (the Local List)

While a small number of nationally important historic buildings in Bexley are protected as Listed Buildings, the Council has always recognised that a lot more historic buildings in the area are valued by local people as part of the familiar and cherished local scene.

These buildings are included on the Council's own local list of buildings of local architectural or historic interest, please see the PDF under related downloads. Entries range from a milestone to a clock tower, and from a tiny cottage to a large country house.

There are currently around 370 entries on the local list and the Council is committed to keeping the list under review.

Some buildings have been unsympathetically altered, thereby losing their special interest and a few have been demolished. However, at the same time local residents and organisations have suggested other buildings, several which were added to the list set out in Appendix D2 of the Unitary Development Plan (adopted in 1996, revised 2004 and 2008).