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Locally listed sites

What is a Local List?

The Local List identifies those undesignated 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 the Council are creating a Local 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 List of heritage 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.  During the Summer 2019 volunteers from the community including local heritage societies, community groups and organisations as well as the wider community, carried out surveys in Gloucester city centre to record and research candidates for consideration 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.

It provides clarity on the location and significance of the assets so that the desirability of their conservation and enhancement can be taken into account.

The local list also 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.

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

The Councils Local List Guidance on Selection Criteria was adopted by the City Council on the 6 November 2019 –  Selection Criteria Local List:  This selection criteria will also be used when assessing planning applications and where sites are identified as non-designated heritage assets.   

If you wish to know more about the local list please contact the Heritage Team, Gloucester City Council on heritage@gloucester.gov.uk

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