Central government require local planning authorities to set out a positive, proactive strategy for heritage assets in their area. They must consider 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 way for a local community and councils 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 help encourage greater partnership working between local councils, community representatives and others with an interest in the historic environment.
This allows proper protection of those parts of the historic environment that the community values and also provides developers to understand:
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