The local list in Cumbria is run by a partnership
Cumbria is one of 22 areas to secure funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for its Local Heritage Listing campaign.
This £1.5 million government campaign is designed to help protect the “commonplace or everyday” heritage assets that are valued by people locally but which do not have any existing protection in their own right under planning law.
The Cumbria Local Listing Project is a partnership between Copeland Borough Council, South Lakeland District Council, Eden District Council, Carlisle City Council, Allerdale Borough Council, the Lake District National Park Authority, and Cumbria County Council. It does not include Barrow Borough Council or the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
Selection criteria for things to go on the local list
Local listing aims to identify valuable aspects of our past that relate to the local area. It can include all types of heritage assets - buildings, monuments, structures, sites, areas or landscapes. Being on the Local List doesn’t protect buildings from demolition and doesn’t change what works require planning permission, but in some cases, things on the local list will be taken into consideration when new developments are planned.
Historic England has outlined some common selection criteria to decide if something is eligible to be included on a local list.
A range of asset types
Although local heritage lists have long been developed successfully for buildings, all heritage asset types may be considered for inclusion.
- Is the site characteristic of a local area?
- Does it demonstrate local practices and way of life?
- How might the site be used to tell the story of the local area?
The age of an asset
The age of an asset may be an important criterion, and the age range can be adjusted to take into account distinctive local characteristics or building traditions.
Survival and Authenticity
The survival of the original form and material of any heritage asset will add value. Sometimes, however, older sites and features can survive largely hidden behind later remodelling.
- Does the building/feature/site remain in a substantial and recognisable form?
- Does it retain its historic features and layouts?
- Is it a rare survival of its type or one of many examples of its kind which represent an important element in the history of the local area?
A significant historical association either locally or nationally, including links to important local figures, may enhance the significance of a heritage asset. Blue Plaque and similar schemes may be relevant.
Social and communal interest may be regarded as a sub-set of historic interest, but has special value in local listing. It relates to places perceived as a source of local identity, distinctiveness, social interaction and coherence, things that contribute to the ‘collective memory’ of a place.
- Does it relate to an important aspect of local social, cultural, political, religious or economic history?
- Is it associated with an important local feature, person or event?
- Does it appear in historic documents, maps or photographs?
The asset may provide evidence about past human activity, which may be in the form of buried remains but may also be revealed in structure or landscape, for instance. Heritage assets with archaeological interest are primary sources of evidence about the substance and evolution of places, and of the people and cultures that made them.
Archaeological interest is the presence or potential presence of evidence of past human activity worthy of expert investigation.
- Is there tangible evidence for the archaeological site?
- Is the site visible and can it be characterised?
- Are there any known archaeological finds from the site?
Architectural and Artistic Interest
The intrinsic design and aesthetic value of an asset relating to local or national styles, materials, construction and craft techniques, or any other distinctive characteristics.
- Is it attractive, characterful, striking or inspiring?
- Does it represent a particular architectural style or demonstrate design features characteristic of the local area?
- Is it associated with a locally or nationally known architect, designer, engineer or builder?
- Is it an attractive designed landscape, green space or other planned area such as a town square which reflects landscaping fashions or historic public realm planning?
Groupings of assets with a clear visual design or historic relationship.
- Is it demonstrably part of a group of assets that contribute to the area’s heritage?
An asset with strong communal or historical associations, or especially striking aesthetic value, may be singled out.
- Is it a key landmark feature, contributing to the landscape, skyline or streetscape?