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The 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 diminished.

 

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’.

 

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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:

 

Local list application form 

 

Contact

 

Telephone: (01902) 696000

 

Email: conservation@sstaffs.gov.uk

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