A local list of heritage sites to be created in Nottingham

Nottingham City Council wants people to have their say on plans to develop a new list of locally important buildings, archaeology and historic landscapes.

The city already has a list, held by the Nottingham Civic Society, which includes historic buildings and monuments, which would be the basis for a local list. These are identified as being significant to the city, but they aren’t officially protected. Plans are now in place to make an official local list so that these, buildings, archaeology and historic landscapes can be properly considered in planning process.

Many of the city’s most historically significant buildings, landscapes and archaeology are protected by national titles, such as Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments or Registered Parks and Gardens, but many are not formally recognised.

A Local List would ensure that many buildings and sites may be offered some level of protection by the council, including considerations for future developments. A Local list would also provide a way for communities across the city to recognise and celebrate their local heritage as anyone would be able to nominate buildings, archaeology and historic landscapes to be considered for the list.

Cllr Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Business, Growth and Transport, said: “Historic buildings and structures, designed landscapes and archaeological sites are assets that bring significant benefits to the city in real terms. They are entwined with local identity, helping to bind communities together and establish a sense of place specific to Nottingham. The city’s unique character and history is a powerful pull for investment, business and a world class population of students.

 “Nottingham is renowned as a city of manufacturing and engineering prowess, as an international centre for further education and pioneering research, and as a place steeped in social history and legends. Heritage assets across the city are a tangible link to the city’s past, be it the coal miner’s terraced houses in the north of the city, the iconic warehouses of the Lace Market, archaeological remains of the development of the city or the great monuments built to celebrate pride, power and success”

There are already over 800 heritage sites in Nottingham designated by Historic England. There are many more that don’t meet the criteria of national listing which are still important to the people of Nottingham. The council has opened a consultation on what characteristics potential heritage assets should have.

 Cllr McDonald, said: “Nottingham has an established and detailed local list, developed by the Civic Society. However, the list is not formally adopted and has no weight in decision-making, including those made in the planning process. Improving the list so that it is fit for purpose and formally adopting it will enable the city to care for its valued assets and put them to best use as Nottingham grows.”

The consultation was discussed at the launch of The Nottingham Heritage Partnership on Saturday (26 November) at the Council House in Old Market Square.

The Partnership is a made up of community, private and public organisations across the city with an interest in Nottingham’s heritage. It will be a forum where skills, experience and resources can be shared and combined.

The launch event was an opportunity for people to help shape the Heritage Partnership, shape the future of Nottingham’s Heritage and help to celebrate and promote the historic environment in the city. The event was open to the public and included speakers and workshops.

Have your say as part of the consultation here – https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=147974265495

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