Guidance


 


Registered parks and gardens


 

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Scheduled Monuments


 

 Scheduled monuments are nationally important archaeological sites or historic buildings which have protection against unauthorised change. The list is in fact a register compiled by Historic England, but the final decision whether or not to schedule something is taken by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The purpose of the scheduling is to ensure that the character and special interest of the sites or monuments are preserved. Scheduled monuments enjoy special protected status under planning law.

There are 35 scheduled monuments in the district ranging from the earthworks of a Norman castle to Second World War fortifications to the site of a Roman villa. The National Heritage List for England is an online database of all heritage assets including scheduled monuments.

Find out more information on each scheduled monuments, including reasons for its designation, details of its history and exact location, by clicking on the links below:

Rockwood Hall moated site
List entry number: 1016879
Abbess, Beauchamp and Berners Roding

Ambresbury Banks slight univallate hillford
List Entry number: 1013517
Epping Upland (also partly in Waltham Abbey Parish)

Moated site 350m south of Dorrington Farm
List Entry number: 1016799
Epping Upland (also partly north Weald Bassett Parish

Moated site known as Spriggs
List entry number: 1016881
High Ongar

Roman Villa 300m south of Long Shaw
List entry number: 1008896
Loughton

Loughton camp slight univallate hillfort
List entry number: 1013518
Loughton

Wynters Armourie moated site
List entry number: 1016804
Moreton, Bobbingworth and The Lavers

Moated site known as Tadgells, 100m south west of The Cottage
List entry number: 1017003
Matching

Bundish Hall moated site
List entry number: 1017170
Ongar

Moated site known as Tanner's Cottage, 250m south of Greens
List entry number: 1016880
Moreton, Bobbingworth and The Lavers

World War II bombing decoy Nazeing
List entry number: 1020391
Nazeing

Latton Priory, Essex
List entry number: 1017386
North Weald Bassett

A London mobilisation centre known as the North Weald Redoubt (also known as Essex Redoubt at Ongar radio station)
List entry number: 1018456
North Weald Bassett

Moated site known as Marshalls, 290m south of Weald Place
List entry number: 1017249
North Weald Bassett

Ongar Castle
List entry number: 1002189
Ongar

Bowl barrow 50m north-west of footbridge: one of three round Barrows on Shelley Common, Ongar
List entry number: 1009244
Ongar

Bowl barrow 90m north-west of footbridge: one of three round barrows on Shelley
List entry number: 1009243
Ongar

Bowl barrow 120m north-west of footbridge: one of three round barrows on Shelley Common, Ongar
List entry number: 1009242
Ongar

Cold War Heavy Anti-Aircraft gun site, 330m and 220m north-east
Of Halls Green Farm
List entry number: 1019890
Roydon

Nether Hall, Roydon
List entry number: 1002192
Roydon

Ongar Park Pale north-west of Collier’s Hatch
List entry number: 1014143
Stanford Rivers (and partly in Theydon Mount and Stapleford Tawney Parishes)

Moat House moated site
List entry number: 1017315
Stapleford Tawney

Roman villa south of Hill Farm
List entry number: 1008893
Theydon Garnon (and partly in Theydon Bois Parish)

Hill Hall, kiln site south-east of Hill Hall (formerly monument No.219) and site of Mount Hall (formerly monument No. 187)
List entry number: 1021438
Theydon Mount

Waltham Abbey, including gatehouse (formerly monument No. 44) and Stoney Bridge (formerly monument No. 59)
List entry number: 1002181
Waltham Abbey

The Temple, Temple Hill, Warlies Park
List entry number: 1002167
Waltham Abbey

Obelisk 325m north-west of Cobbin Pond
List entry number: 1002158
Waltham Abbey

Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Factory
List entry number: 1016618
Waltham Abbey

Heavy Anti-aircraft gunsite on Lippits Hill, 370m north-west of Springfield Farm
List entry number: 1019487
Waltham Abbey

World War II Bofors Anti-aircraft gun platform 340m south-east of Cheshunt railway station
List entry number: 1021000
Waltham Abbey

Moated site immediately east of the Old Rectory
List entry number: 1016800
Willingale

Moated Site Immediately West Of Skreens Lodge
List entry number: 1016801
Willingale

Shellow Hall moated site
List entry number: 1016805
Willingale
 
Moated site 100m south-west of Torrell's Hall
List entry number: 1016806
Willingale

Purlieu Bank, Epping
List entry number: 1427620
Epping








Local List

 

Locally listed buildings


Epping Forest District Council has produced a list of buildings and other structures that are of local architectural or historic interest. This list is known as the Local List. It includes a wide variety of buildings and structures that are of local interest, but do not quite meet the national criteria for inclusion on the statutory list.

Locally listed buildings often make an important contribution to the character and appearance of the local scene and many are important local landmarks. Others have important historical links, with famous local individuals and organisations, or they represent significant aspects of the development of a particular area.

What are the implications of a Locally Listed building?

•    If a building or structure is included on the Local List, it does not mean that any additional consents are needed over and above any normal requirements for planning permission – such as for an extension or a conversion.

•    However, the Local List is linked to a new policy in the Council’s Adopted Local Plan, which states that special consideration will be given to any planning application that affects a     locally listed building.

•    In practice, this means that owners will be encouraged to avoid unsympathetic alteration or any other changes that would diminish the architectural and historic value of buildings included on the Local List. Total demolition of a building on the Local List will normally be resisted.

How are buildings and structures selected for inclusion on the Local List?

To be included on the Local List, the building or structure should satisfy (a), and either (b) or (c) below:
(a) authenticity – buildings should be recognisably of their time, or of a phase in their history. If they have been unsympathetically altered, the change should be easily reversible. A building which is substantially unaltered, or retains the majority of its original features, qualifies under this criterion.
(b) architectural, local or townscape significance - the building must be a good example of a particular local building type or style, or display good quality local craftsmanship and detailing.
(c) historical significance - the building should display physical evidence of periods of local economic, technical or social significance, well-known local people or historic events.

How do I find out what buildings are on the Local List?

Click on the Parish that you wish to see the list for:


 

Listed Buildings



Listed buildings are buildings or structures of special architectural or historic interest.  The list is in fact a register compiled by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.  Listed buildings enjoy special protected status under planning law.  The purpose of the listing is to ensure that the character and special interest of the building is preserved.  To protect the country's heritage, demolition is rarely allowed and only then after the most careful and detailed consideration.

Buildings can be added to the list using a procedure known as spot listing. These buildings have the same status as other listed buildings. Spot listing is sometimes preceded by a Building Preservation Notice, which is served by the council. This has the effect of listing the building for up to six months until the Department for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport decides to make the listing permanent. Anyone can apply to the Department for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport to have a building listed, for further information see the Historic England pages regarding listing applications.

There are just over 1,300 listed buildings in the Epping Forest District.  These include 16 Grade I listed buildings, such as Hill Hall at Theydon Mount, but the vast majority are Grade II, and range from timber framed cottages to more unusual buildings such as village pumps, bridges or telephone kiosks. The National Heritage List for Englandis an online database of all heritage assets including listed buildings.

 

FAQs about listed buildings:

How are buildings (and other structures) chosen for listing?

All buildings built before 1700 that survive in anything like their original condition are included, as are most buildings built between 1700 and 1840. Between 1840 and 1914 only buildings of definite quality and character are listed. Occasionally exceptional modern buildings may be listed.

Buildings are classified in grades to show their relative importance:
•    Grade II are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them (94% of total)
•    Grade II* are particularly important buildings of more than special interest (4% of total)
•    Grade I buildings are those of exceptional interest (2% of total)

In choosing buildings for listing particular attention is paid to:
•    Special value within certain types, either for architectural or planning reasons, or as illustrating social or economic history (e.g. industrial buildings, railway stations, schools, hospitals, theatres, town halls, markets, exchanges, almshouses, prisons, lock-ups and mills)
•    Technological innovation or virtuosity (e.g. prefabrication, cast iron, or the early use of concrete)
•    Association with well-known characters or events
•    Group value as in examples of town planning (e.g. squares, terraces, or model villages)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport have published 'Principles of Selection for Listing Buildings', as a guide to the selection criteria. Historic England also gives information on selection guidelines.

 

How do I get a building listed?

You can apply online to have a building or or structure listed through the Historic England website. The list itself is managed by Historic England, but the final decision whether or not to list is made by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Requests for a building to be spot listed can be made to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport at any time, although priority will be given to those buildings which are under threat.

What does listing cover?

The entire building is included in the listing – the inside as well as the outside.  Contrary to popular belief there is no such thing as just a listed facade or just a listed interior.  Anything in the grounds of the building that was there before 1948 (even if it was not fixed to the listed building) is also listed. This includes outbuildings, boundary and garden walls, gates and statuary.

Anything fixed to a listed building is also listed, whether it is mentioned in the list description or not.  The list description of a building is not intended to be exhaustive, and usually only notes particular features that help to date or identify the building.

The setting of a listed building is also often an essential feature of its character and an important factor when new development or extensions are being considered.

What is Listed Building Consent?

A listed building must not be demolished, extended or altered in any way that would affect its character, without first obtaining Listed Building Consent.  You must get this consent by applying to the District Council before beginning any works. This is a control that the council has in addition to planning permission, which may also be required.

The consent applies to all types of works and to the whole of the listed building; interior, exterior, anything attached to the building, and any structure which stands within its curtilage and has done so since 1948 (so a modern shed wouldn't qualify but a 19th century barn, for example, would). It is a matter of judgement as to which elements are the most significant and which elements hold no or little significance.

IF YOU CARRY OUTWORK TO A LISTED BUILDING WITHOUT FIRST OBTAINING CONSENT, THE PENALTIES ARE HEAVY. PROSECUTION IN THE COURTS CAN LEAD TO A PRISON SENTENCE OR UNLIMITED FINE.

What works require Listed Building Consent?

Remember that any work that could affect the character of a listed building requires Listed Building Consent.  The following list provides examples of work that requires Listed Building Consent:

  • Any form of extension or demolition
  • Removal or insertion of chimney stacks
  • Recovering of roof with different materials
  • Any alterations to doors or windows
  • Addition of porch, bay windows or conservatory
  • Erection of satellite dish
  • Removal of parapet or cornice, canopy or balcony, or other architectural features
  • Painting of the exterior – involving a change of colour to woodwork or walls
  • Internal alterations (for example, the removal of staircase, fireplace or structural timbers)
  • Removal of interior doors
  • Creation of through rooms
  • Addition of signs, advertisements or shutters.

The above list is non exhaustive, if you are in any doubt it is always advisable to check with the Epping Forest District Council Planning Services before carrying out any work.

What about repairs?

Repairs that are carried out using identical materials do not normally require Listed Building Consent. The District Council will always encourage owners of listed buildings to undertake sympathetic repair work, where possible, rather than the replacement of original features. The replacement of original materials and features can often harm the character or appearance of buildings, especially when cheap or unsuitable materials are used. Many original features can be preserved with careful repair.

The following materials are NOT usually acceptable:
•    Concrete roof tiles and machine-made roof tiles
•    Synthetic resin slates
•    Narrow, PVC or composite weatherboarding
•    Standard, mock-period windows and doors or PVC windows and doors
•    Modern softwood rafters and beams in place of oak
•    PVC rainwater gutters and downpipes
•    Hard cement renders and mortars.

The Council strongly recommends a registered architect or surveyor to be consulted, especially if you are considering any alterations or extensions.
Historic England also gives information on repairs

What is meant by 'duty of repair'?

Owners of listed buildings have a legal duty to maintain their property in reasonable repair.  In exceptional cases the District Council may serve a notice requiring the repair of a listed building where it considers that certain works are required for the proper preservation of the building.  The notice sets out in detail the works required and gives a time by which such works must be carried out.

The District Council can compulsorily purchase a badly neglected listed building at minimum compensation, or have basic repairs done and recharge the cost to the owner.  The council uses these powers reluctantly, but is prepared to do so to ensure the long-term survival of the built heritage of the District.

What is the best way to maintain a listed building?

Carrying out regular maintenance is crucial to prevent expensive repairs. It is important to obtain specialist advice as historic buildings require special care. Do-it-yourself repairs or work done by inexperienced tradesmen is often short-lived and does not solve the basic problems. People inexperienced in dealing with old buildings often propose solutions that are unnecessarily costly and may spoil the character of the building. If defects are left they may become difficult and costly to put right. Historic England also gives information on maintenance

 

Can I get financial help?

The District Council may make grants towards the cost of repairs to listed buildings. Such repairs often cost more because of the need to use high quality materials and employ special craftsmanship to preserve the character of historic buildings.

Grant aid will only normally be offered for the cost of repairs, and as of September 2006 will only be available to non-residential listed buildings. The work must be considered necessary to retain and enhance the character of the building.

The following list provides examples of eligible work:
•    Repairs to roof and roof structure
•    Repairs to timber frame and weatherboarding
•    Repair of doors and windows
•    Insertion of damp proof course
•    Eradication of dry rot
•    Repairs to foundations
•    Repairs to brickwork
•    Renewal of rainwater gutters and down-pipes.

Domestic work, such as decorating, and other minor works, such as plastering, rewiring or plumbing, are not normally grant aided.

Grants are calculated on a sliding scale applied to the total cost of eligible works, excluding VAT, as set out below.
1.    30 percent of first £1000 of eligible costs
2.    20 percent of second £1000 of eligible costs
3.    10 percent of remaining costs, up to a maximum grant of £1000.

A grant is only available when eligible expenditure exceeds £200. The Maximum grant of £1000 is payable when eligible expenditure exceeds £7000. The allocation of grant is always at the discretion of the council.

The total grant which may be provided will not exceed 20 percent of the total cost of eligible works, however the annual budget is limited, and grants are awarded on a first come first served basis from April each year. However, the total amounts paid for small scale works is restricted and the maximum grant will normally be no more than £1000. Contact us for more details about grant applications and eligibility.