The condition of listed buildings in Wales
A key element of Cadw’s heritage regeneration activity is action related to heritage assets in a deteriorating condition. We have been working to identify the number and type of listed buildings at risk in Wales. This information can be used by local authorities and Cadw to inform future strategies, including grant giving.
Surveys of the condition of listed buildings have been carried out in Wales for more than 15 years. Prior to 2012, the surveys were commissioned directly by local authorities with funding provided by Cadw. However, at the end of 2012, to ensure a consistent approach across Wales, Cadw appointed consultants, The Handley Partnership, to undertake an all-Wales condition review of listed buildings over a five-year rolling period, surveying approximately 20% of listed buildings stock in Wales per year. The programme of surveys will ensure that the condition of all 30,000 listed buildings in Wales during this period is assessed using consistent methodology.
An update report for 2015 has now been produced and is available below. The report illustrates that the trend for buildings at risk is moving in the right direction. The number of buildings in an ‘at risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ condition has decreased since the last comparable data available (2013) and the percentage of buildings at risk has fallen from 8.92% to 8.54%. This figure is calculated using existing survey data and the most up-to-date data available from the 20% of the building stock which has been re-surveyed in the past year.
Local planning authorities have powers for listed buildings in their area – they can serve statutory notices if they are concerned about the condition of a listed building and this survey work will enable a local planning authority to target individual buildings at risk in its locality. Cadw is able to offer grant for repairs to listed buildings at risk, as do some local authorities across Wales and the data from this survey work will be utilised to ensure that the grants offered are focused on those buildings most at risk across Wales.