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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 loss of historic fabric. This is a statutory role, giving us a means to safeguard that which is significant within the historic environment, from within 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.

Examples of the Listed Building Casework that we become involved with are published in eash issue of British Archaeology, and our Members Newsletters.


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.

Ongoing improvements to casework

The 6 National Amenity Societies have always enjoyed a good relationship. In 2017 the CBA instigated an incresed degree of collaboration between the Joint Committee of National Amenity Societies. We now share a single email address through which Local Planning Authorities can notify us of Listed Building Consent (LBC) planning applications, this is vastly reducing the margin of human error and oversight in timely consultations.

We have also developed a centralised Casework Database Hub, through which all LBC applications are logged and directed towards the relevant Amenity Society. The casework hub currently operates for The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, The Council for British Archaeology and The Victorian Society. The Ancient Monuments Society are hoping to join shortly and The Georgian Group and The Twentieth Century Society will hopefully join in the not too distant future.

The Casework Database Hub gives members of the public the oportuniity to see live LBC applications, with links to all the relevant documents, the planning history of a site, and any responses made to an application by the Amenity Societies. In this way we are opening up an access route for you to keep informed on changes to your local historic environment.

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