In recognition of the importance of local heritage lists, English Heritage has developed a good practice guide to support the preparation and management of local heritage lists. By bringing together good practice on the creation and management of local heritage lists across England, the guide provides the basis for a transparent, consistent and proportionate system for the identification and recording of local heritage assets.
About Local Heritage Lists
Local heritage lists play an essential role in building and reinforcing a sense of local identity and distinctiveness in the historic environment. They provide a unique opportunity for communities, in partnership with local authorities, to identify heritage assets that they wish to protect at the local level.
At its heart, local heritage listing provides an opportunity for communities to have their views on local heritage heard. It recognises the importance we place on the historic environment extends beyond the confines of the planning system to recognise those community-based values that contribute to our sense of place.
Local Heritage Listing and the planning system
The Good Practice Guide to Local Heritage Lists describes how local heritage lists, backed by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), can help to recognise local distinctiveness and character to ensure these values are taken into account when changes affecting the historic environment are proposed.
The Good Practice Guide to Local Heritage Listing
The Guide is the first comprehensive guide to local heritage listing in England. It draws on good practice from across the country in developing a new local heritage list, or making improvements to an existing one and includes a number of case studies illustrating key aspects of the process. Importantly, the Guide should be seen as a starting point, in order to respond to local needs, decisions on the way assets are identified and the system used for managing the local heritage list are matters for local planning authorities and their communities.
Good Practice Guide for Local Heritage Listing
18 May 2012
This document draws on good practice from across the country in developing a new local heritage list, or making improvements to an existing one, and includes a number of case studies illustrating key aspects of the process.
Any queries regarding local heritage lists can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.