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South Tyneside's Local List


  1. Overview
  2. Why we need a Local List
  3. What can be included on the Local List
  4. Nominate a site for the new Local List
  5. How to make a nomination

Nominate a site for the new Local Heritage List

We're updating our Local List and would like you to nominate local buildings, structures, sites and landscapes to be included.

See nominate a site for the new 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 still important to the people of South Tyneside.

They are often referred to as heritage assets, or locally significant heritage assets.

Why we need a Local List

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:

  • the location of those heritage assets
  • 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
  • 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? (this must be well documented)
  • Does it relate closely to any statutorily protected structure or site?

Architectural and 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 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.

View South Tyneside's current local list:

SPD21 Locally Significant Heritage Assets (November 2011)2.37MB

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

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Nominate a site for the new Local List

South Tyneside Council is updating its Local List of buildings and would like residents to nominate locally important sites to be considered on the new List.

Please nominate local buildings, structures, sites and landscapes you feel have community value and are worthy of being included on the Local List.

South Tyneside is one of 22 authorities across the country to be awarded funding from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to deliver the project.

How to make a nomination

South Tyneside has joined up with Gateshead and Newcastle City Councils to create a new website to nominate sites for the new Local List.

Make a nomination online

The site includes guidance to help support residents to nominate sites to be considered on their Local Heritage List.

If you are not able to access the website, you can email your nominations to ClaireEmbreeLalonde@Gateshead.Gov.UK.

The deadline to make a nomination is Wednesday 15 June 2022.

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