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Listed Buildings Background to the Legislation

The Listing Process

The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 places a duty on the Secretary of State to compile a statutory list of buildings of 'Special architectural or historic interest'.

The initial selection of buildings is undertaken by Historic England in accordance with a set of national criteria, and a list prepared. Most buildings built before 1700 (in original condition) are included. Between 1700 and 1840 most buildings are listed although selection is needed. Between 1840 and 1914 only buildings of definite quality and major works of the principle architects are listed. Between 1914 and 1939 only those buildings of high quality are selected. Recently a survey was undertaken of buildings over 30 years old to determine which modern (post war) buildings should be added to the list.

Listed Buildings are included on a Statutory or 'Green List'. This is classified into three grades as follows:

Grade 1 Buildings of exceptional interest (only about 2% of Listed Buildings are in this category).
(There are two in Gosport: Rowner Church and the Magazine at Priddy's Hard).

Grade II* These are particularly important buildings of more than special interest (some 4% of Listed Buildings).

Grade II These are buildings of special interest that warrant every effort being made to preserve them. This category includes most Listed Buildings.

Each entry on the list is accompanied by a brief description to identify the particular building. This description may not describe all the features, especially those of the interior, that are part of the special architectural or historic interest of the particular building.
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