In 1987 a letter arrived from the local authority stating that my house had been declared a listed building and that any future alterations or extensions would require Listed Building Consent. As its character had already been substantially changed, their decision to list the building seemed to be based solely on the fact that I had done it up nicely.
In 1991, when I wanted to add a conservatory, my original design was rejected because of the proposed 'use of non-traditional materials'.
At least when the conservatory was eventually built I didn't have to pay any VAT. Only repairs and maintenance on Listed Buildings carry VAT. Alterations are exempt. How silly can you get.
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