Criteria and assessment procedures for inclusion on the Local List

What information do we need?

Anyone can nominate an asset for inclusion using the nomination form, which can be downloaded from the Council’s website. The following details are required:

  • Location – parish, street address, Ordnance Survey grid reference,
  • A site location plan
  • Photographs taken from public viewpoints
  • A description of the significance of the asset

Criteria

Criteria

Description

Age

The age of an asset may be an important consideration, and the age range can be adjusted to take into account distinctive local characteristics or building traditions.

 

Rarity

Appropriate for all assets, as judged against local characteristics

 

Aesthetic Interest

The intrinsic design value of an asset relating to local styles, materials or any other distinctive local characteristics.

 

Group Value

Groupings of assets with a clear visual design or historic relationship.

 

Archaeological Interest

The local heritage asset may provide evidence about past human activity in the locality, which may be archaeological – that is in the form of buried remains – but may also be revealed in the structure of buildings or in a manmade landscape.

 

Archival Interest

The significance of a local heritage asset of any kind may be enhanced by a significant contemporary or historic written record.

 

Historical Association

The significance of a local heritage asset of any kind may be enhanced by a significant historical association of local or national note, including links to important local figures. Blue Plaque and other similar schemes may be relevant.

 

Designed Landscape Interest

The interest attached to locally important historic designed landscapes, parks and gardens which may relate to their design or social history.

 

Landmark Status

An asset with strong communal or historical associations, or because it has especially striking aesthetic value, may be singled out as a landmark within the local scene.

 

Social and Commercial Value

Relating to places perceived as a source of local identity, distinctiveness, social interaction and coherence, sometimes residing in intangible aspects of heritage, contributing to the ‘collective memory’ of a place.

 

It is important when choosing or nominating assets for inclusion on a Local List that they should be judged against firm selection criteria which define the boundaries of acceptability.  The criteria in the above table have been prepared both as a guide and also to inform the selection process.  It is essential that the list of heritage assets of local importance is not de-valued by the inclusion of those which do not meet the criteria. 

Nominations are assessed against the listing criteria as set out in the above table.  The asset being nominated does not need to meet all of the criteria, but it should be associated with at least one. The criteria are also set out on the nomination form to help guide nominations.

Further details on selection criteria see Historic England’s guidance, Conservation Principles Policies and Guidance (2008).

The assessment process

Step 1 Initial Assessment: The Heritage Team will check your application against Historic England’s listing criteria

Step 2 Further Investigation: If the application meets the selection criteria, further research will be carried out including a site visit.  

Step 3 Public Consultation: A draft report will be prepared for consultation and the owner invited to comment within a 3 week period.  The presumption is in favour of adopting the asset.

Any request for an asset not to be added to the list will need to be based on evidence that it fails to meet the requirements of the selection criteria. The draft report will be added to the website and a site notice will be put up to invite comments.

Step 4 Analysis of consultation responses: Responses from the public, the owner and other organisations will be assessed against the selection criteria and appropriate amendments made to the draft Local List where necessary.

Step 5 Adoption: A report will be sent to Planning Committee giving the Local List recommendations together with a summary of the consultation responses for approval of their addition to/removal from the Local List.

Step 6 Local List Update: Following adoption by the Planning Committee, the Local List will be updated and made available on the council’s website and the Worcestershire Historic Environment Record (HER).

Whilst every effort is made to process local list nominations as soon as possible, priority will be given to applications for sites which are considered ‘at risk’ and sites which are given special mention in Conservation Area Appraisals, Neighbourhood plans and other planning documents.