Once a building is listed, any works which will change its character will require Listed Building Consent (LBC). Private applicants will need consent from the local planning authority and local authorities will need to apply to the Planning Division of the Welsh Government for consent. If the planning authority considers that consent should be granted, then in most cases the papers are referred to Cadw. Cadw’s role is to consider the issues raised by the application and recommend whether it should be ‘called in’ for consideration by the Welsh Government. In practice, this will be the Planning Division or the Planning Inspectorate. The majority of applications are not called in and are returned within four weeks to the appropriate local planning authority for it to proceed to determine them.
Listing is not designed to hinder progress. It provides, in effect, a breathing space to allow planners, developers, and special interest groups or individuals the opportunity to consider the historic or architectural importance of a building. It allows an opportunity to explore fully various alternatives for future use, and proposals for alteration or even demolition.
Queries about whether Listed Building Consent is required or on the progress of LBC applications should be directed to the conservation or planning department of the appropriate local planning authority.