Buildings of "Special Architectural or Historic Interest" are "listed" by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport following advice from Historic England.
The " listing" of a building provides statutory protection against alteration or demolition, which would damage its special architectural or historical interest.
The list of buildings in Bury covers more than 320 buildings and structures. The type and character of these listed buildings is varied and reflects the historical development of the Borough. They include stone and timber framed buildings originating from the 15th, 16th and 17th century, mills, churches, telephone boxes and war memorials. However, not all of the items on the list are what we might think of as 'beautiful' buildings or structures. Buildings may be included for their special historical associations as well as their architectural merit. There are three categories of listing which indicate the relative importance of each individual building. However, the additional planning controls protecting listed buildings apply equally to all grades. The categories are:
- Grade I (Buildings of exceptional interest)
- Grade II* (These are particularly important buildings of more than special interest)
- Grade II (Buildings of special interest)
The Council maintains a local list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. This list has no formal approval but it registers currently unprotected buildings which may have some architectural or local value. The Council has commissioned the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit to undertake additional survey work in the Borough and to produce a comprehensive report which will lead to an updated local list. This will be submitted to the Council for approval and is expected to be taken into account when proposals are put forward for development.
Listed buildings on a map
We have plotted all the listed buildings in the area on a map. To see them, load up the map and go to "Choose map layers" from the "What would you like to do?" menu. Then select "Listed buildings".
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The main criteria which applies in deciding which buildings to include in the statutory lists.
The Local Planning Authority has a responsibility to try to ensure that the listed buildings in its area are kept in good order.
Funding for restoring listed buildings is potentially available from a number of sources. However, availability will vary from year to year and such grant aid is entirely discretionary.
Information provided as a general guide to the implications of buildings becoming listed and further advice should always be sought over specific matters.