HC Deb 24 May 1984 vol 60 c463W
Sir Anthony Grant

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the number of buildings or structures classified as listed in each of the last 10 years in (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) England as a whole.

Mr. Macfarlane

The following table gives the total number of listed buildings at 31 December for each year stated. Information is not available for Cambridgeshire for the years 1974 and 1979.

Year England Cambridgeshire
1974 207,643
1975 227,155
1976 241,604
1977 251,575
1978 259,870
1979 266,685
1980 273,318 4,695
1981 280,195 4,762
1982 287,744 5,834
1983 308,857 7,034

Sir Anthony Grant

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will set out in the Official Report the precise administrative procedure whereby a building or structure can be classified as listed; in particular, who has the power to nominate such a building or structure in the first instance; and what right of appeal exists for the owner.

Mr. Macfarlane

Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 the Secretary of State is required to compile lists of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. The criteria for listing are set out in DOE Circulars 23/77 and 12/81. Most buildings are selected following area surveys carried out, or supervised, by professional inspectors of the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission, but my Department will consider requests from local authorities or amenity societies to list individual buildings. When a building is listed the district council serves notices on every owner or occupier and the listing is entered as a local land charge. Owners and occupiers are not consulted at listing stage but have a formal right of appeal to the Secretary of State against subsequent refusal by a local planning authority to grant consent for the alteration, extension or demolition of a listed building.