PPS 6: Planning, Archaeology and The Built Heritage
Annex E: General Considerations
E2 It is always important to differentiate between statutory requirements, recommendations and the corporate policies of owners, insurers and others as the boundaries are often confused. Listed buildings are bound by the same statutory rules as is any other building unless the particular statute provides for an exemption or a waiver. For example, local councils have the power to relax certain requirements of the Building Regulations where their strict application would be unreasonable in a particular case and the Department would encourage the Building Control sections of councils to adopt a flexible approach in respect of work to listed buildings. The Department would similarly encourage the Fire Authority for Northern Ireland to adopt a sympathetic approach when exercising their responsibilities under fire safety legislation in respect of listed buildings. While British Standards are not statutory the Department would commend the advice and guidance set out in BS 7913:1998 “The Principles of the Conservation of Historic Buildings”. It will often be possible therefore for proposals to meet the requirements of statutory regulations and other standards in a way which does little or no damage to the character of listed buildings and the Department will expect applicants for listed building consent to have fully investigated these matters.