BROADGATE LISTING SPAT

Q. WHO DECIDES WHETHER TO LIST BROADGATE?

A. The final decision will rest with the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt. He is obliged to consider what English Heritage wants, as it is a statutory adviser on conservation matters. It is unusual for a listing to defy English Heritage’s wishes, but not unheard of – for example, when a stakeholder, owner or other state body disagrees with its findings.

Q. IS A LISTING LIKELY?

A. It is not standard practice to list buildings less than 30 years old, though exceptions can be made if a site is under threat.