The quality of the historic environment is not just about listed buildings or conservation areas, although these do contribute significantly to the unique character of our area, it is also about the large number of unlisted historic buildings.
The Local List is intended to recognise these buildings so that they can be properly considered when development proposals are submitted to the borough council.
What does it means?
- Inclusion on the Local List does not change the existing planning controls that already apply to a building.
- The Local List supports efforts to preserve the character and appearance of the buildings that are included on it.
- It enables the architectural or historic interest of these buildings to be properly considered against development proposals submitted to the borough council.
- It provides clarity for owners, the local community, developers and planning officers, so that they are aware of the interest of a building as early as possible.
- Unless a building is listed or within a conservation area, there is no control, under current legislation, over its demolition.
- The Local List backs up our existing planning policies and guidance, adding weight to the consideration already given to the preservation of these buildings’ architectural and historic interest by development proposals affecting them.
Buildings are included on the Local List if they meet the criteria set out in the council's adopted Supplementary Planning Document, Heritage Supplementary Planning Document.
To find out what local listing means, and how it may affect you, please read our leaflet on Locally Listed Buildings.