What is a Listed Building?
A building is listed to ensure that its special architectural or historical importance is fully recognised.
Listing protects the whole building both inside and out and in some cases extends to adjacent properties.
The main purpose of listing is to protect the building and its surroundings from changes, which will materially alter the special historic or architectural importance of the building or its setting.
Listed Buildings are classified in grades to show their relative importance. These grades are as follows:
Grade I – Buildings of exceptional, usually national, interest. There are currently less than 2% Grade I Listed Buildings in Wales, some of these are in Pembrokeshire;
Grade II* - Particularly important buildings of more than just special interest;
Grade II – Buildings of special interest, which warrant every effort being made to preserve them;
Grade III – Buildings of local interest.
Listed Buildings in Pembrokeshire
There are 1632 Listed Buildings in Pembrokeshire all of which are an important part of the County’s built heritage. Listed buildings in Pembrokeshire range from clom built mud huts and Castles to Edwardian Post Offices, all forming part of Pembrokeshire’s distinct built heritage.
The Council has a full list of each Listed Building within its remit, complete with a short description. Information on all of our Listed Buildings can be accessed on our comprehensive Listed Buildings Database. The lists include the following information:
The street, name or number of the building
A reference number and National Grid Reference
A brief description of the building, mainly for identification purposes, to describe the reason for listing, the building’s history and features of importance
A reference, where applicable, to other published information on the building and its importance.
What does listing mean?
Listing is intended to ensure on-going care and protection for important buildings. This added level of protection requires a form of a special planning procedure known as Listed Building Consent.
It is a criminal offence to carry out any alterations, extension or demolition works (either to the exterior or interior) which would affect the character of a building once it is listed, unless listed building consent has been obtained from our Planning Authority.
We can provide guidance in any particular case and should be consulted before any work starts. Listed Building Consent is processed without charge by the Council, but does not remove the need to obtain planning permissions or building regulation approval where necessary. The current development plan policies relating to Listed Buildings were produced by Pembrokeshire County Council and are contained within the Adopted Local Development Plan (adopted February 2013) and are as follows:
Policy GN.38 - Protection and Enhancement of the Historic Environment
Planning officers will have regard to these policies when considering any application for Listed Building Consent. Rather than preventing change, we seek to ensure that all works are sympathetic to the building's special character
New policies relating to listed buildings within Pembrokeshire County will replace the existing policies upon the adoption of the emerging Local Development Plan.
An Owner’s responsibility
If you are the owner of a Listed Building or come into possession of one, you are tasked with ensuring that the property is maintained in a reasonable state of repair. All the information you require is contained within Pembrokeshire County Council’s Listed Buildings – Advice to Property Owners Leaflet. Please follow the link to obtain information regarding Listed Building Consent, unauthorized works, repairs and grants. You can also refer to the Cadw Listed Building Consent Leaflet.
Remember: It is a criminal offence to carry out any unauthorised works to a statutory listed building without first acquiring the necessary Listed Building Consent.
To apply for Listed Building Consent please follow the link below:
Building’s at Risk Survey
A Building’s at Risk Survey has recently been conducted in Pembrokeshire. Each listed building in the County has now been assessed and given a score for their condition. This will help our conservation team to identify find out those listed buildings that are vulnerable and need to be targeted for restoration or repair.
Grants for the repair of buildings of outstanding historic or architectural interest - usually those listed Grade I or II* - and for works to buildings in conservation areas, may be available from Cadw .
Recently nine historic buildings in Wales have received a grant sum of £385,247 from Welsh Assembly Government to help fund vital repairs. Among those awarded grants are the land around Foley House, a Grade II* Listed Building in Haverfordwest, receiving a total of £75,000, along with the South Sea Wall in Pembroke which has received a total of £7,500. These grants will ensure that some of our most important historic buildings are maintained for the enjoyment of future generations. Work is already underway to restore the land around Foley House, Haverfordwest.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at the Conservation Team: