Grade II listed buildings to be re-graded as ‘Grade III’
All Grade II listed buildings to be downgraded to a new category – say Grade III – where the only additional control compared to non-listed properties is that consent is required for changes to the fabric or appearance of Elevations visible to the general public.
An onus would then be upon planning authorities or other interested parties to apply for the upgrading of particular especially meritorious Grade III listed properties or terraces of such properties to Grade II.
Why does this idea matter?
Opportunity for substantial cost savings in local government plus greater fairness to owners of unremarkable homes that have been arbitrarily listed as Grade II in the past.