The book is a comprehensive overview of UK law as it related to the historic environment. In it he shares his top tips for private sector occupiers:
''Removing objects from a listed building can be fraught with legal difficulty. Objects from sculptures to large ornamental clocks and even paintings have been held to be attached to the listed building and therefore to require listed building consent for their removal. In a recent case that ended up in the Supreme Court, the owner of a pair of lead garden urns (which, unknown to him had been listed in their own right – but the risk would be the same if they were just held to be in the curtilage of a listed building and fixed to the ground) sold them at auction to an anonymous buyer and then received a listed building enforcement notice requiring him to put them back. The Council pursued him notwithstanding his reasonable protestation that he no longer owned them and didn’t know who did!"
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