Peter Bell – Conservation Advisor – Listed Property Owners Club

By law, any works to alter, extend or demolish a listed building in a way that affects its character as a building of special interest require listed building consent from the local planning authority.

This could include the replacement of rainwater pipes and gutter systems, for example. Not only are they part of a building’s heritage and character, but they also keep water out of its fabric, and they are therefore vital to its structural integrity.

Increasingly we’re seeing a trend towards owners taking a risk on replacing existing rainwater pipes and gutters on listed properties, which are likely to be cast iron, with inferior, plastic products.