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I want to replace the staircase in my Grade II listed home but the manufacturer says I will have to apply for permission to the local authority. Is this true?
The staircase manufacturer is correct. All listed properties, regardless of classification, require listed building consent for replacement components and alterations, whether internal or external. It is usual for the local authority to require photographs of the existing staircase, a statement by a suitably qualified person, usually a historic consultant and/or a structural engineer, drawings of the existing and the proposed staircase, at a scale of 1:50 and sections at 1:10, together with components at 1:2. You will also need to provide a written historic statement justifying your proposal and its impact on the historic fabric, together with methodology statements for all aspects of the work – it may involve plaster repairs etc. Check with your local authority to ascertain its requirements; they do vary.
- Glen Moore at GM Associates (www.gmassociates.co.uk)
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