List of Locally Important Buildings - the 'Local List'
Today there is increasing recognition that the
built heritage is not restricted solely to nationally important
buildings. Locally, many thousands of buildings, both individually
and collectively, add a rich diversity to the national picture.
Many of these reflect local building styles
and materials, or the influence of owners, architects and builders
whose individual styles and characteristics are peculiar to an
area. They contribute enormously to ‘local distinctiveness’ and
without them the special interest of an area can be greatly
Whilst currently there is no specific
legislation for locally listed buildings, the National Planning
Policy Framework recognises the importance of special local
interest. Paragraph 135 requires local planning authorities to take
into account ‘the effect of an application on the
significance of a non-designated heritage asset’.
Like many other councils, South Staffordshire has responded to this
requirement by compiling a List of Buildings of Special Local
Interest – a ‘Local List’. This identifies local buildings and
structures important in their archaeological, architectural,
artistic or historic terms so that informed decisions can be made
about their recording or preservation if and when they are
threatened in the future. Items included range from houses, shops
and schools, to transport structures and townscape features, such
as shelters and post boxes or statues and monuments.
The list has been compiled from nominations
received and survey work and the items included have been matched
against certain criteria. Before any building is
included on the Local List, the Council notifies the owners or
residents of buildings or structures of its intentions and
considers any representations received about the proposal.
Clicking on the links below will bring up
information and guidance upon each of the following topics:
Information on the items included on the council’s Local List
for each parish can be found here.
If you think you know of a building, structure or place in your
local area deserves recognition and addition to the ‘Local List’
then please fill in the form below:
Telephone: (01902) 696000