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Listed buildings

As of April 2005 English Heritage has the task of compiling lists of buildings of special architectural or historic interest in England. Buildings are listed to ensure that the architectural and historic interest of the building is carefully considered before any alterations, either outside or inside, are agreed.

Church of St Giles, Calke

A building's long-term future is often best secured by ensuring it is used. If it is no longer useful for it's original purpose, a new use may have to be found. For example, a Victorian building in Aston that formerly housed a water pump is now used as a bus shelter.

There are 711 listed buildings in South Derbyshire. Listed buildings are graded to show their relative architectural or historic interest:

  • Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest. There are 48 of these in the district, about half of which are in the parish of Melbourne.
  • Grade II* are particularly important buildings of more than special interest. There are 47 of these in the district.
  • Grade II are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them. The remaining 616 listed buildings in the district are grade II.

You can view a list of listed buildings in alphabetical parish order

To see maps showing listed buildings in South Derbyshire, or to find out if a particular building is listed, you can use our interactive online mapping service* (this is a link to our GIS Mapping system. Maps may take some time to load if using a slower connection. Help and accessibility).

To view photographs and list descriptions try the following link:

Alternatively, you can visit to view a list. Contact the planning department using the details in the contact details section.

Selection of buildings to be listed

Buildings can be listed for a number of reasons, including age, architecture and historical importance. All buildings built before 1700 that survive in anything like their original condition are listed, as are most buildings built between 1700 and 1840.

For buildings built between 1840 and 1914, there is greater selection, and relatively few buildings built after 1914 are listed. Buildings less than 30 years old are listed only if they are of outstanding quality and are under threat.

Listed Building Consent

Once a building has been listed, it is a criminal offence to demolish or alter it (including the interior of the building) without consent from the council (application forms). Copies of the forms are also available from the council offices.

Please note that planning permission and listed building consent are often both required, but it is usual for both applications to be considered together for convenience.

Contact details

South Derbyshire District Council
Planning Policy
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 595983
Online: contact form

* The mapping included in this site is supplied to the council under license, please refer to the terms and conditions. By clicking through to the map it is assumed that you have accepted the terms and conditions.

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