Limit Listed Building regulation to public features listed
It is reasonable that publicly accessible or viewable elevations of Listed buildings should be protected by Listed Building regulation in addition to general Planning regulation. It is also reasonable that alterations to all buildings are subject to Building Regulations.
However, many planning departments seem to 'make work' by insisting upon their additional 'Listed Building' regulation of alterations to the private interiors of private homes on the basis that a given property had been 'Listed' after cursory visual inspection of the exterior only in the 1970's.
This can lead to oppressive conduct by Planning officials, including threatening language and invasion of privacy, and the arbitrary refusal of consent for reasonable alterations, such as, for example, the replacement of a poor quality – even dangerous – staircase with new high quality staircase. Such oppressive conduct seems mostly to be directed at private individuals, not substantial companies.
Listed Building regulations for private homes should be limited to those features of such properties that were itemised in the original Listing.
Why does this idea matter?
Listed Building regulations for private homes should be limited to those features of such properties that were itemised in the original Listing because the present wider application by Planning officers to any and all aspects of alterations to private interiors seriously restrict the civil liberties of the citizen.
Moreover, there is a need to remove unnecessary costs from public budgets.