Definitions for "Listed Building"
A building which is included on the list of buildings of 'special architectural and historic interest' and protected by statute. Under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 and the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 it is a criminal offence to make any alterations which affect the character of a listed building without listed building consent. The list includes approximately 440,000 entries, but, as some list entries include several buildings at the same address, the total number of listed buildings is larger - perhaps 600,000 - amounting to almost two per cent of our total housing stock. The listings are graded according to the architectural or historic importance of each building, Grade 1 being the most important in England and Wales and category A in Scotland. The grade or category generally reflects the age and rarity of the building, but many other factors are also taken into account, such as technological innovation, townscape value or connection with a particular historical event.
A building must be at least 10 years old before it can be listed for architectural or historical reasons. Consent is required for any changes.
A building of special architectural or historic interest. The planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 gives the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on advice from English Heritage, powers to list buildings of special architectural and historic interest. Listed buildings are graded according to their importance (Grades I II* and II).
Keywords:  rothesay, famous, recent, history, part
a famous part of Rothesay's recent history