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CBA and listed buildings

The historic street of 'The Shambles' in York.

Protect built heritage in your local area

You can comment on our active building consultations and protect buildings in your local area. The online CBA casework database allows you to search all of the applications we receive and view the details of any alterations proposed for significant listed structures. In this way you can keep up-to-date with the latest applications in your area and our responses.

Our membership offers you the opportunity to protect your heritage through the CBA. Your contribution allows us to continue protecting significant sites within your local community. Thanks to people like you, we are able to support the historic environment, preserving its legacy for future generations.

As a charitable organisation your donations and involvement in our work is key. There are many ways to get involved including:

Get involved today and help influence the changes to your built heritage.

Curved facade of the Marconi Factory

Our role

The CBA has an important role in the planning process. All local planning authorities must notify the CBA of any listed building consent which involves a significant loss of fabric. This is a statutory role, giving us a strong influence in the planning system.

If you are concerned about a planning application or want to protect your built heritage you can contact one of our caseworkers directly. For England please send a message to and for Wales contact

The CBA receives 4000 built heritage cases a year for England and around 400 a year for Wales. To allow the CBA to effectively comment on these consultations we employ two caseworkers: one for England and one for Wales.

In England, a network of local agents comment on building applications on behalf of the CBA. The CBA are currently looking to recruit enthusiastic agents with an interest in their local area’s historic buildings. If you’re part of a local group and would like to be involved in this, please contact the listed buildings caseworker as above.

Building Facade

Our perspective

The CBA is one of 6 National Amenity Societies with the same statutory role.

What makes the CBA unique within this group is our archaeological approach and the range of buildings we deal with. Our remit has no age boundaries so whatever the age of the building you are concerned with, we are able to help. We are also interested in a broad range of building types: from agricultural to industrial, civic to domestic or maritime to recreational.

We use the archaeological perspective to speak up for heritage, and can help you to do the same.

Other amenity societies can help you investigate the potential for built heritage your area.

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