Local heritage list: our approach

What is a local heritage list?

A local heritage list identifies unlisted and non-designated heritage assets, which have special local architectural or historic interest and contribute to the character of Gloucester. A local list provides information on the location of these assets and what it is about them that is significant.

The National Planning Policy Framework states that local planning authorities should give consideration to undesignated heritage assets:

“The effect of an application on the significance of a non-designated heritage asset should be take into account in determining the application. In weighing applications that directly or indirectly affect non-designated heritage assets, a balanced judgement will be required having regard to the scale of any harm or loss and the significance of the heritage asset.” (Para 197, NPPF, MHCLG, February 2019)

It also goes on to identify that this provides an opportunity to discover unidentified heritage assets in the process, which may form part of the historic environment record. The significance of a heritage asset can be wider than the traditional focus on historic and architectural interest and character and appearance historic and architectural interest and character and appearance. Assets may also gain their significance from economic, social, and environmental factors, which may include culture, social history, patterns of settlement and local figures.

Local heritage assets are not included in the national list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest and therefore are not protected by statutory designations. Buildings, structures and archaeological sites or parks and gardens included in the local heritage list will be given special consideration in the planning process, when decisions are made on development proposals, which affect them.

Why are we creating a local heritage list?

Gloucester has a unique and rich heritage formed by historic buildings, street patterns, archaeological remains, landscape and other physical remnants of its past.

A city of intense urban activity for nearly two thousand years, it has a special legacy of nationally significant heritage from all historic periods. The heritage of the city is a central component in the identity of the city. It defines much of what is locally distinctive about the city and that impacts on how the city’s residents and visitors feel, use, and perceive the city. This has wide reaching implications on the image of the city, the economy, tourism, legibility and the health and wellbeing of the city’s residents.

The local heritage list of assets provides an opportunity for a community and a local authority to jointly identify heritage assets that are valued as a distinctive element of the local historic environment, contributing to its character and appearance and local interest.  

The local list aims to provide the basis for a positive strategy for the conservation and enjoyment of the historic environment, including heritage assets most at risk through neglect, decay, or other threats.

What we've done so far

We've worked with volunteers in the local community including heritage societies, community groups and organisations as well as the wider community, to carry out surveys in Gloucester City centre.

We've recorded and researched assets that could be considered for inclusion in Gloucester’s local heritage list as part of the Great Place scheme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Arts Council. This activity provided clarity on the location and significance of assets so that the desirability of their conservation and enhancement could be considered. 

What we're doing in 2021-22

A message from Nana Pierre our Heritage Engagement Officer - July 2021

I have been recruited to support Gloucester deliver a local list of heritage assets. My role is externally funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) through Historic England for both Gloucester City Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council until the end of March 2022.

Within this time, I will engage property owners, local people, and community groups to identify sites, buildings and spaces that are of local significance to the culture and history of the city.

How we decide which assets are added to the list 

The decision on whether to include an asset in the local list will be made by local panel comprising members of local heritage bodies, Local list volunteers, Heritage Officers from Gloucester City Council, and other professional advisors.

After the panel-based selection process, the selected assets will be added to our local list, Gloucestershire's Historic Environment Record and Know Your Place digital mapping project. This will ensure that these assets have a legacy long after the initial 2021-22 project comes to an end.

The Councils local heritage list selection criteria (PDF, 545.1 KB) was adopted by the City Council on the 6 November 2019. This selection criteria will also be used when assessing planning applications and where sites are identified as non-designated heritage assets.  

How to get involved

We want to know what sites, building, monuments, and places are important to you.

You can:

  • use our online form to nominate an unlisted or non-designated heritage asset where you live
  • volunteer your time to provide local knowledge about non-designated heritage assets in various wards of Gloucester


For more information on volunteering please contact Nana Pierre - Heritage Engagement Officer

Email: nanapie@gloucester.gov.uk

Phone: 01684 272277 

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