Wednesday , February , 21 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. 


Local List versus the National Heritage List for England?

The National Heritage List is maintained by Historic England (formerly English Heritage) and contains sites and structures that are considered to be of national significance and are protected either under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 for listed buildings or under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act of 1979 for scheduled ancient monuments.


Anyone can apply to Historic England to have a building or site designated either as a listed building or as a scheduled ancient monument as appropriate. In addition, designed landscapes and battlefields can be registered. Comprehensive selection guides have been produced by Historic England to assess potential candidates for listing and scheduling (The List | Historic England).  A current list of national designated heritage assets in Carlisle district is available.


Local listing is essentially a locally-managed process, through partnership between the local authority and local communities. The Local List will contain buildings and sites which are unlikely to be of sufficient significance to be included in the National List but which are considered important in defining the local character of a village, Street or landscape.

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