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"The major restoration of a 400 year old timber framed listed farmhouse that had not been occupied for more than 30 years is a daunting undertaking. The key to success is to appoint an experienced building contactor with a proven track record, who cares about the building and its heritage and who you can trust to do the right thing. I W Payne fulfil all of these criteria. We were reassured by their professionalism, delighted by the quality of their traditional craftsmanship and charmed by everyone’s friendly and helpful manner. We would not hesitate to recommend them." Steven

"We have used I. W Payne & Co for both internal and external work.  On both occasions we found their work to be of very high quality and they were thoroughly reliable and courteous." Mr & Mrs B from Sparsholt.


"Many thanks for carry out the work so efficiently and to a high standard.Mr S from  Winchester


"We are very pleased with the result." Mr & Mrs S  from Redlynch


"I really love the extension please will you thank all the guys for their hard work."  Mrs T from Southampton 


"Thank you so much for all your care and attention, it’s looking really good."  Mrs D from  Titchfield


"We are very pleased with all the work that has been done."  Mr E from Andover

Useful Resources

According to English Heritage, there are just over 374,000 listed buildings in England alone. All English and Welsh buildings built before 1700 which are anything like their original condition are 'listed' to protected them from being demolished or unsympathetically altered.

Similarly most buildings built between 1700 and 1840 are also likely to be listed.

After World War 2, the criteria for listing buildings becomes more rigorous and those built post 1945 are only listed where they exceptionally important. You are probably familiar with the Grades system but to explain:

Grade I
These buildings are considered to be of exceptional interest. Only 2.5% of all listed buildings are in this category.

Grade II*
These buildings are particularly important and of more than special interest. 5.5% of buildings are Grade II* listed.

Grade II
92% of listed buildings are in this category whereby they are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them.

If you are the owner of a listed building it does not preclude you from making changes. Indeed you can alter or extend BUT Listed Building Consent must be applied for from the Local Authority. They then make decisions that balance the site's historic significance against issues such as function, condition or viability.

If you’re not sure if your building is already listed click here English Heritage

If you would like to know the best process for applying for consent click here

You can often download a Listed Building Consent Application form on the local authority website. Here’s how to find your Local Authority click here

For comprehensive legislative information on the Planning (listed buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 click here

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