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Case Study

Successful Application made to Historic England to De-list a Grade II Listed Cottage



9th February 2024
Local Planning Authority
Essex District Council

The cottage dates from the 1800s but has been subject to a number of extensions over the years. It was listed in 1981 as an early 19th Century house of rendered brick. The house was formerly clad in weatherboarding, although this was removed in the 1970s and the property was then covered in pargetted plaster panels. On further inspection, it was clear that the property likely dated from the mid to late 1800s.

Our role:

  • Undertook a full appraisal of the property in order to determine the likely success of an application to Historic England to have the cottage de-listed.
  • Drew up plans showing the historic evolution of the cottage, clearly demonstrating how little of the building today is original.
  • Worked closely with our client to write a clear, unambiguous statutory declaration to be submitted in support of the application.
  • Formulated a robust argument for de-listing based on our knowledge of the criteria for listing, the details of the property itself, and HE guidance.
  • Submitted and monitored the application.


Historic England agreed with our conclusions writing that:

Overall, the alterations and extensions have accumulatively eroded the architectural and historic integrity of the house to the extent that it no longer meets the criteria for listing. It is therefore recommended that The (property) is removed from the List.

The cottage lies on a large plot in a sustainable location. De-listing the property means that our client can move forward to the next stage of the site development without the constraint of a listed property being on site.

Successful Application made to Historic England to De-list a Grade II Listed Cottage
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