Monday, 23 January 2017

Locally Listed Heritage Assets: and demolition

Historic England (formerly English Heritage) considers the listing of locally-important heritage as a priority - and something which local authorities should be embarking on:

Locally Listed Heritage Assets
There may be many buildings and sites in a local planning authority’s area that make a positive contribution to its local character and sense of place because of their heritage value. Although such heritage assets may not be nationally designated or even located within the boundaries of a conservation area, they may be offered some level of protection by the local planning authority identifying them on a formally adopted list of local heritage assets.
Around half of all local planning authorities have produced lists of locally important buildings and sites, although not all of these have adopted the list as part of their development plan. In consequence the significance of any building or site on the list (in its own right and as a contributor to the local planning authority’s wider strategic planning objectives), can be better taken into account in planning applications affecting the building or site or its setting.
Whilst local listing provides no additional planning controls, the fact that a building or site is on a local list means that its conservation as a heritage asset is an objective of the NPPF(2) and a material consideration when determining the outcome of a planning application.

Locally Listed Heritage Assets | Historic England

They produce a handy guide:
Local Listing | Historic England

Although, some would say that there is not much point in such lists as they do not afford much protection for a 'determined developer' (although this comment is from some five years ago):
Martin Goodall's Planning Law Blog: Locally listed buildings

It depends how 'important' such local assets (aka 'non-designated' assets) are considered:

Former NHS building demolition denied due to non-designated heritage status
5 November 2015 
The demolition of a former NHS administration building in Kent to facilitate the erection of a block of flats was withheld, an inspector rejecting the appellant's claim that it should not be regarded as a non-designated heritage asset.

Former NHS building demolition denied due to non-designated heritage status | Planning Resource

Strawberry Fields forever?

Kayleigh Chapman 2 years ago

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has refused planning permission to demolish the birthplace and the early home of Ringo Starr the famous Beatle. 
The proposed scheme which would involve demolition of more than 400 Victorian terraced houses, construction of 154 dwellings and refurbishment of 37 existing housing in the “Welsh Streets”, Liverpool has been refused planning permission. The proposal was not to demolish Ringo’s birthplace but to leave the building standing with a stub of terracing to place it in context.
The National Planning Policy Framework prescribes that a balancing exercise is required when deciding applications which directly or indirectly affect non designated heritage assets. Save Britain’s Heritage (SAVE) objected to the proposal on the basis that the demolition of the street scene surrounding Ringo Starr’s birth place ignores the significance of the Welsh Streets and Ringo’s house as an architectural, social and cultural non designated heritage asset. On balance however Ms Thorby concluded that whilst the Welsh Streets and Ringo Starr’s house do constitute a non-designated heritage asset they are of “low significance” and the proposed development would provide substantial economic, social and environment benefits and therefore these would outweigh the loss of the low significance heritage asset.

Strawberry Fields forever? - Blandy & Blandy Solicitors

Court of Appeal allows demolition of Jessop Hospital by Sheffield University
The Victorian Society regrets the Court of Appeal’s decision yesterday to allow the demolition of the Edwardian wing of Grade II listed Jessop Hospital building by the University of Sheffield.
The Victorian Society, in conjunction with SAVE Britain’s Heritage, were applying for judicial review of the decision by Sheffield Council to allow the demolition. The fine 1902 gothic revival building was built under the patronage of local industrialist Thomas Jessop.
Sheffield University is building a new engineering block behind Jessop Hospital. Local residents and conservation groups, the Victorian Society and SAVE have been campaigning for the University to incorporate the building into the proposed scheme.
Chris Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society said:
“I welcome the Appeal Court’s confirmation on the key point of law at issue, namely that National Planning Policy (para. 133) should be interpreted as meaning that where a proposed development will lead to substantial harm to or total loss of significance of a designated heritage asset, local authorities must look at the benefit of demolition, rather than just the benefit of the overall scheme. Only if the substantial harm or loss to the heritage asset is necessary to achieve substantial public benefits should that public benefit outweigh the harm or loss to the building.”

Court of Appeal allows demolition of Jessop Hospital by Sheffield University - The Victorian Society

An on-line search shows how many local authorities have either put together such a list or are engaged in the process:
locally listed heritage assets - Google Search

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