DC Casebook: Listed Buildings - Unsafe wall defence fails at listed barn

A listed building enforcement notice requiring the reconstruction of walls associated with a grade II listed barn in West Sussex has been upheld after an inspector found little evidence that they had been unsafe prior to their demolition.

The walls had been constructed of flint with a brick dressing and lay within the curtilage of the barn. The appellants claimed that the walls did not form part of the listed building because they had been built later than the 17th century barn. The inspector found that their location within the curtilage of the barn meant that they too were listed.

A month after buying the site, the appellants proceeded to demolish the walls. They claimed that the building was a dangerous structure and this had necessitated removing the walls to prevent its collapse. Although the barn had been subject to a dangerous structures notice, the council's building control officer had decided that this was not needed. The walls formed an integral part of the barn's history and character and their rebuilding was fully justified, the inspector held.

DCS Number 100-064-763

Inspector John Millard; Written representations

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