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South Tyneside's Local List

What is a Local List?

The local list is a list of buildings, structures and spaces that do not meet the criteria for national listing by Historic England but are nevertheless important to the people of South Tyneside. They are often referred to as heritage assets, or locally significant heritage assets.

Why do we need a Local List?

Local planning authorities are obliged by Central Government to set out a positive, proactive strategy for heritage assets in their area, taking into account the contribution of these assets to an area's sense of place.

Being included on the list does not provide any additional planning controls over buildings, structures or spaces. However, being on the list does recognise their importance and before any planning decisions are made their special local interest will be taken into account.

Local listing is a means for a local community and a local authority to jointly decide what it is in their area that they would like recognised as a 'local heritage asset' and therefore worthy of some degree of protection in the planning system. Local lists also represent a good way in which to encourage greater partnership working between local authorities, community representatives and others with an interest in the historic environment. Not only does this enable proper protection of those parts of the historic environment that the community genuinely values, but it also provides clarity to developers as to where those heritage assets are located and, critically, what it is about them that is worth considering.

What can be included on the Local List

The list includes a variety of buildings that use traditional vernacular materials and construction techniques, are local landmarks, are good examples of buildings by local architects, or simply are historically important to the borough.

To be included on the Local List, a building, object or site had to meet one or more of the following criteria:

Historic interest

  • Does it relate to an important aspect of local social, cultural, religious, political or economic history?
  • Is it historically associated with an important local feature?

Historic Association

  • Is it closely associated with famous local people, local historic events, strong community or social development significance or people? (Must be well documented).
  • Does it relate closely to any statutorily protected structure or site?

Architectural & Design merit

  • Is the surviving building/structure/park or garden the work of a particular architect or designer that illustrates local or regional architectural history or design?
  • Does it show qualities of age, style or distinctive characteristics relative to the area?

Townscape merit

  • Does it provide an important visual amenity locally? For instance, does it make interesting use of visually significant sites and form a landmark?
  • Is it a notable building(s) on an important route into the area, which creates a vista or contributes to the skyline?
  • Does it emphasize corner sites or provide focal points in the townscape.

Street furniture or other structures could also be included in the local list, for example, boundary markers, post boxes, memorials, lamp posts and statues.

South Tyneside's current local list can be viewed here:

SPD21 Locally Significant Heritage Assets (November 2011)2.37MB

SPD21 Locally Significant Heritage Assets - Technical Appendices (November 2011)21.2MB

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