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Local heritage assets

The Keep (University of Cumbria)

The Keep (University of Cumbria)

List of local heritage assets

Lancaster district is in the process of preparing a list of local heritage assets. The list of assets for the East Lancaster area (PDF, 304KB) was designated on 8 November 2016.

The council is preparing the local list on a parish-by-parish basis and, following a consultation period in summer 2016, the next parishes to be added to the list of local heritage assets will be Silverdale, Warton, Yealand Conyers and Yealand Redmayne.

What is a local heritage asset?

A local heritage asset is a building, structure or man-made landscape of local historic or architectural importance but not covered by statutory legislation. The Lancaster district has over 1,300 listed buildings and structures which are recognised for their special architectural and historic and included on the National Heritage List for England. Throughout the district there are also many other buildings and structures which contribute to the local built character, settlement formation and ‘sense of place’. Where these assets have retained their authenticity, they may still merit consideration in planning decisions due to their architectural and historic interest even though they do not meet the strict national selection criteria.

How are these local assets identified?

Lancaster City Council is in the process of developing a local list to identify important local heritage assets in the district. The local list will be developed on a parish-by-parish basis and public consultation events will be held to engage with the local communities and invite nominations for their area. As outlined in the selection criteria below, local heritage assets can be identified in the following ways:

  • Local character studies, such as conservation area appraisals
  • Public nomination
  • Historic environment record
  • Pre-application discussions
  • Planning application stage

What is the purpose of a local list?

  • To raise awareness of the district’s historic assets and their importance to local distinctiveness
  • To inform developers, owners, council officers and members about buildings within the district that are desirable to retain and protect
  • To provide guidance and specialist advice to owners to help protect the character and setting of the buildings and structures
  • To help the council in its decision-making when discussing proposals and determining planning applications
  • To record the nature of the local historic environment more accurately

Nominate a building for addition to the list

You can nominate locally significant buildings, structures and designed landscapes to be added to the local list. Nominations must be based on the selection criteria for local heritage assets, and use the nomination form below:

Last updated: 27 April 2017