Buildings at risk

Listed buildings at risk

Not all listed buildings are cared for by their owners. In certain cases of deliberate neglect or long term vacancy, a listed building is put on the register of Buildings at Risk. A register is drawn up by English Heritage for buildings of Grades I and II* standard.

The following buildings/monuments in Northampton are included on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register:

  • St Crispin's Hospital CA (Conservation Area at Risk)
  • Multi-vallate Hill Fort at Hunsbury Hill (SAM at risk)
  • Queen Eleanor Cross (Grade 1 LB, scheduled monument, registered battlefield)
  • 8, 8A, 9 and 9A George Row (Grade 2* LB and CA)

We monitor buildings at risk and seek long term solutions for neglected, redundant or derelict listed buildings. Some of the buildings are the subject of refurbishment proposals and will be removed from the register when works are complete.

We have legal powers to serve an Urgent Works Notice or Repairs Notice on a listed building owner, requiring repair works to be carried out to prevent further decay. The notice will specify the works, which are considered reasonably necessary for the preservation of the building. An Urgent Works Notice is restricted to emergency repairs only - for example works to keep a building wind and weather-proof and secure against vandalism. A Repairs Notice is not restricted to urgent works and may include works to preserve architectural details but can not be used to restore lost features.

In extreme cases where building owners have not taken reasonable steps to preserve a listed building, we can do the work at the owner's cost or compulsorily purchase a building at risk.

If you are aware of an historic building which is either derelict or not being properly preserved you can contact us; we will inspect the building and advise you what action we intend to take.