WEB VOTE: Are listed building planning laws fair?

Stanley Mackintosh looking at some of the original beams he found under plaster as he renovates his home, St Margaret's House on Kirkgate in Ripon.
Stanley Mackintosh looking at some of the original beams he found under plaster as he renovates his home, St Margaret's House on Kirkgate in Ripon.
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This week, the Gazette featured the story of Stanley Mackintosh who owns St Margaret’s House in Ripon.

Mr Mackintosh is making internal alterations to the Grade II listed property to create a self-contained annex with rentable rooms but Harrogate Borough Council is threatening him with legal action unless he stops the work.

Under Section 7 of the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas ) Act 1990, it is an offence to carry out work to a listed building if it affects its character “as a building of special architectural or historical interest”.

But Mr Mackintosh argues his work does not affect the property’s character.

We want to know: do you think planning laws go too far in preventing owners making alterations to listed buildings?