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Listed Buildings In Wales

What does listing mean?
Historic buildings are a constant reminder to all of the work and way of life of earlier generations.

The country's rich historic and architectural inheritance is identified and protected through a process of listing. Under the Town and Country Planning (Listed Buildings in Wales and Buildings in Conservation Areas in Wales) (Welsh Farms) Regulations 1990, the Secretary of State for Wales has a statutory duty to compile lists of buildings of special architectural or historic interest.

Listing ensures that the architectural and historic interest of the building is considered carefully before any alterations to the exterior or interior can be sanctioned. It aims to achieve proper care and maintenance and to ensure that such buildings continue to be used and enjoyed.

The lists comprise a wide variety of structures - from castles to railway viaducts. Buildings can be listed because of:

• age

• rarity

• architectural merit or method of construction

The older a building the more likely it is to be listed.

Who administers the system?
CADW:Welsh Historic Monuments is responsible for listing. Anyone can request the Government to list any building, but not all proposals are successful.

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