The historic environment is a valuable, finite and irreplaceable resource which is central to the character and identity of the Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils. It has a crucial role in enhancing the quality of life of existing and future generations of people living in and visiting the area.

 In addition to designated heritage assets (listed buildings, scheduled monuments, registered parks and gardens, registered battlefields, conservation areas), the Malvern Hills and Wychavon districts possess a wealth of heritage assets from various periods and of a variety of building styles and materials that are locally significant for their historic, archaeological, architectural or artistic interest. These are described as non-designated heritage assets.

 A Local List is a means for the community and local planning authority to formally identify non-designated heritage assets. It provides clarity on their location and what about them is significant, helping to ensure that development proposals properly take the desirability of their conservation into account.  This is reinforced through national and local planning policy.

This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) provides guidance on how the Local List is compiled, the criteria for inclusion and the effects of inclusion. This document has been written in line with Historic England Local Heritage Listing, Advice Note 7.