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Listed buildings and conservation matters legal advice

Businesses come in all shapes and sizes and so do the buildings they occupy. However, the commercial property solicitors at George Ide LLP are experienced in advising clients with all types of freehold and leasehold premises, including those where issues might arise on listed buildings and conservation matters.

Commercial premises have various designations under planning rules which permit their use according to the type of business being run, ranging from heavy industrial through warehousing, retail and offices to food businesses and local authorities have the ability to restrict or change a building’s usage, according to policy guidelines drawn up by the council under advice from the Government.

Apart from the use designated to a building, planning rules also apply to its fabric and, again, planning issues should be resolved before a business signs a tenancy agreement or enters into any other commitment for a particular site.

This is especially important where a building is officially listed or in a conservation area. Any work a new occupier may wish to undertake – an extension or demolition (partial or complete), repairs or changes to structure or appearance – will have to be approved separately by planners to ensure the building’s character and, if it is in a conservation area, its setting in the landscape, will be protected.

This type of procedure can be extremely time-consuming for a business principal to undertake and if mistakes are made or work is done without obtaining the correct permissions, financial penalties may be imposed.

For all these reasons, employing George Ide’s business services solicitors with their wealth of local knowledge in West Sussex, Hampshire and the Chichester and Bognor Regis areas, allied to their commercial property expertise and links across the law practice to other specialists for advice and practical knowledge, makes sound business sense.

Whether your business is newly-formed or well-established, if you require legal advice on listed building and conservation matters, contact us at our Chichester office. Alternatively, please click on the relevant commercial property law practitioner highlighted on this page.