Listed Buildings Explained

Listed Buildings Explained

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English Heritage maintain the national list of Statutory Listed Buildings. The majority of the buildings were put on this list after a countrywide survey. In Eastleigh, the survey was carried out and buildings added to the list from 1955 to 1983. However further buildings can be added and have been.

As well as the building itself, the listing (which is not restricted to the listing description) also includes objects or structures which have been part of the grounds or curtilage since 1st July 1948. These structures have the same protection as the main listed building: so a listing can even include a modern extension. 

Information contained on this page:

Grades of Listed Buildings

Most listed buildings, over 400,000 countrywide, are graded as Grade II.

Only 4% are listed as Grade II*.

Less than 2% are listed as Grade I. This is the highest grade of listing and buildings of this grade are considered to be of national importance.

What Sort of Buildings are on the Statutory List?

English Heritage will assess if a building has:

  • Architectural interest
  • Historic interest
  • Close historical associations
  • Group value

and the national list is likely to include:

  • All buildings before 1700 in anything like their original condition
  • Most buildings between 1700 and 1840
  • Between 1840 and 1914 many are listed, although some selection is necessary 
  • Only selected buildings after 1914 are listed.
  • Buildings less than 30 years old are only listed if they are outstanding and under threat.
  • Buildings under ten years old are not listed.

Request that a Building be Added to the Statutory List

Anyone can apply to have a building added to the list. We can help you make your request to English Heritage.  Any request for listing should include:

  • The address of the building
  • The reasons why you believe it should be listed
  • Clear, original, external and internal photographs
  • The name and contact details of the owner
  • A location map

For help with your application please contact Tim JS Dyer (Architectural Design and Conservation Officer) via email or by sending a letter to the address at the bottom of the page.

The Role of the Local Authority

Eastleigh Borough Council is happy to offer advice about applications for listing. We can:

  • Advise on the technical merits of a request for listing
  • Help compile the listing request and send it to English Heritage 
  • Publish requests for listing on the Council’s website
  • Inform the occupiers of adjacent properties
  • Attach a notification that a request for listing has been made to the on-line planning application file (where a relevant planning application has been lodged)
  • Publish information on properties that have been put forward for listing on the Council’s website when this becomes available
  • Publish the result of the application for statutory listing and the conclusions of English Heritage on the Council’s website when this information has been received (for a period of 6 months from receipt of this information) 

External Links

  • Historic England Heritage Protection Operations Department, English Heritage 1 Waterhouse Square 138-142 Holborn London EC1NZST

Built Heritage Links


The Listed Buildings are shown on our Online Geographical Information System


For more information please contact:

Eastleigh Borough Council,
Eastleigh House,
Upper Market Street,
SO50 9YN

Tel:  023 8068 8000