Types of protection

Locally listed buildings

These are groups of buildings or structures of historic and architectural interest which make a big difference to the view of the town and the local environment, but which aren’t of high enough quality to be made a listed building. There are approximately 700 buildings and structures on the local list in the borough.

When considering a building or structure to be added to the local list, we’ll particularly look at:

  • its architectural quality
  • its setting, relationship to nearby buildings and open spaces or other features of interest
  • its importance in relation to a townscape view

While most of these buildings won’t be listed for a number of years, losing them would be disappointing, as they’re of significant local interest and townscape value.

Unless a building is inside a conservation area or can be ‘spot listed’ (a fast track to listed status where it is seen to be under threat), our powers to save it are limited.

How does local listing protect the building?

Locally listed buildings do not enjoy the levels of statutory protection afforded to nationally-listed buildings.  However, local listing means that the interest of the building will be considered during the planning process.  The effect of an application on a non-designated heritage asset is a material consideration when deciding planning applications, and local listing strengthens the case for retention of a historic building.