New way to nominate old local buildings for special status launched

Nottingham City Council is asking which local historic buildings and assets you would like to put forward to be included on Nottingham’s Local List.

The call comes as the city launches a new submission webpage at www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/locallistsubmissions, making it easier for people to submit their entries while out and about taking their daily exercise.

Many of the city’s most significant historic buildings and heritage assets are protected either by national listings, such as Listed Building status or due to their location, like a conservation area. However, many other significant buildings, historic landscapes and archaeological remains are not formally recognised, meaning they are at risk of being overlooked and lost through possible demolition.

Local Lists are different from national listings as they showcase a city’s unique history and distinctive character, putting a focus on assets that are special because they are locally important.

Once submitted, nominations for Nottingham’s Local List are reviewed by a Selection Panel against specific criteria, who then make recommendations to the City Council’s Heritage Portfolio Holder for consideration to be added to the list. All nominations are consulted on before being rejected or added to the list.

Once included, buildings and assets do not need to seek any additional permissions than they already have and owners can continue to make changes, repairs and maintenance as normal. However, if items that have been included on the list require any future planning permissions, their historic importance can be taken into account as part of the planning decision process.  

It also means these important assets cannot just be demolished or have their appearance altered, without considering their historic value.

Councillor Linda Woodings, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing & Heritage, said: “We’re really proud of Nottingham’s fascinating history and heritage and by working with partners and stakeholders, we are helping to ensure that some of Nottingham’s unique links to the past are recognised and remain a key part of the city’s heritage for the benefit of future generations.  

“This is something anyone can get involved with, especially those who have a love or appreciation of local heritage, as residents will be able to put forward possible entries for the list, recognising and celebrating the city’s diverse heritage and the contribution communities have made to the history of the city.”

Nottingham already has an established Local List, developed by the Nottingham Civic Society from an earlier list produced by the council some years ago, but as the list is not officially adopted it offers no additional protection. Almost 100 recommendations from this list have now been put forward for entry onto the adopted list and are going through the process of being added.

Hilary Silvester, Chair of the Nottingham Civic Society, said “Nottingham Civic Society are so glad this has risen up the agenda.

“We have been working on a Local List over a number of years and are delighted that the current adopted Local List is being generated to help consider the character, historic importance and particular local interest of heritage so that it can be maintained over the coming years.

“Recommendations of the Nottingham Civic Society and others will help historic buildings be conserved and considered in planning decisions and it is great that Nottingham Civic Society’s and other citizens’ work is being recognised in this way.”

Historic England has also provided support to Nottingham City Council’s creation of the Nottingham Local List through Nottingham Heritage Action Zone projects.

More information about Nottingham’s Local List, including a copy of the selection criteria can found by visiting: https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/locallist

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