Saturday , February , 24 2018

A Local List of Heritage Assets for Carlisle District

Carlisle District has over 1,500 listed buildings, however, there are many other heritage assets of architectural, historic or archaeological interest throughout the District that do not meet the strict criteria for national designation.  Nonetheless make a significant contribution to the historic environment and sense of place.

Carlisle City Council recognises the valuable contribution that these assets make to the historic environment.  We are working with local communities, together we aim to: develop a set of selection criteria to help identify these locally important heritage assets; and compile and maintain a Local List, which will in time be available on this webpage. 

A Local List will help to highlight those places which local communities feel to be worthy of preserving when it comes to drawing up Neighbourhood Plans or when planning applications for specific sites are being considered.

A pilot Phase is underway

Officers are working with community groups and volunteers in Denton Holme and Warwick Bridge to compile a Local List for these areas.  The pilot phase will allow the procedures to be adapted where necessary. 


What protection is given to assets a Local List?

Inclusion on the Local List does not bring about any additional form of statutory protection to the asset or remove any permitted development rights.  It can, however, help to influence the consideration of any planning application that may affect the significance of that heritage asset, as the local list will be a material consideration in all planning decisions. 


Under the current National Planning Policy Framework (2012), the following policy will be relevant in all planning decisions:


The effect of an application on the significance of a non-designated heritage asset should be taken into account in determining the application.  In weighing applications that affect directly or indirectly non designated heritage assets, a balanced judgement will be required having regards to the scale of any harm or loss and the significance of the heritage asset’ – Para. 135, National Planning Policy Framework, 2012


It is hoped that inclusion on the Local List will give a sense of pride to owners and encourage them to manage their buildings sympathetically. However, owners can challenge the inclusion of a building on the basis of the adopted criteria and request its removal from the list.

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