Listed Building Consent is required from the local planning authority to carry out any works of demolition, alteration or extension to a listed building that would affect its special historic or architectural interest. This applies to the whole of the building, internally and externally, and often includes boundary walls or ancillary structures within the grounds (curtilage). Relatively minor works such as painting windows, plastering internal walls or removing a fireplace, may require consent.
It is a criminal offence to carry out work to a listed building without first obtaining Listed Building Consent from the local planning authority (Stafford Borough Council). It is always best to check whether your proposals need consent with the Conservation Officer or a Planning Officer before commencing any works to a listed building.
The Council must give special regard to protecting listed buildings and any features of historic merit they possess. It also seeks to ensure that new work, such as extensions or boundary walls, respect the historic character of the building.
All applications for works to listed buildings must be accompanied by both a Design and Access Statement, and a Heritage Statement.
You are advised to use an accredited architect with experience in dealing with historic buildings, and to discuss your proposals with the Conservation Officer before submitting any application.