Buildings and structures which meet the criteria for national protection are listed. This protection system has been in place since 1947 and operates under The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.
The test for listing is architectural or historic special interest, with the final decision to list being taken by government (the Department for Culture, Media and Sport).
Cornish Place Works in Sheffield, listed at Grade II*.© Barbara West
20 thematically-arranged English Heritage selection guides give detailed guidance about what may be eligible for listing. Each gives a brief overview of the types of buildings and structures covered in the guide, of current understanding both of their history and development, and in some cases how many were erected and still survive. The second half of each document sets out the over-arching designation criteria, before moving on to offer guidance relevant to the specific buildings or structures treated. A select bibliography gives suggestions for further reading.
The listing selection guides will be supported by a series of Introductions to Heritage Assets which will set out English Heritage’s understanding of particular building types. Normally these will be ones where, for one reason or another, we have had relatively large numbers of buildings in for assessment, and where the building type proved not to be covered in the existing literature.
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