The council has made a Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement [pdf 12MB] for the eight grade I and grade II* listed buildings at the University of Sussex’s Falmer campus, which were designed by Sir Basil Spence in the 1960s. This Agreement came into force on 27 April 2015 and the partners to the Agreement are the council, the University of Sussex and Historic England.

The main function of the Agreement is that it grants Listed Building Consent for certain types of work. These Consented Works are set out in Part 7 and Annex E of the Agreement and include works to repair or replace external historic fabric; works to original internal fixtures and finishes to enable the University to meet modern teaching expectations; and works deemed to be required for safety and/or accessibility reasons.

The Agreement also sets out, in Part 8 and Annex F, those works that will be subject to separate applications for Certificates of Lawful Proposed Works. Annex G provides further guidance on where Listed Building Consent will be required.

This Agreement will run for 10 years, subject to regular review, and will enable the University to plan strategically for the carrying out of the Consented Works, thus avoiding the need for repeated applications of an individually minor nature.  This will save considerable time and resources for both the University and the council, as well as for Historic England in its role as statutory consultee. A full Statement of Reasons for making the Agreement is included at Annex I