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Local list of heritage assets

Local list of heritage assets

We are working with heritage stakeholders and local communities to develop a local list of heritage assets.

The local list will be a locally developed register of non-designated heritage assets that are locally distinctive or have particular importance to the local community and deserve recognition.

A heritage asset may be a building, monument, site, place or landscape identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions. With regard to the criteria used by the Council to identify local heritage assets for inclusion on the list, guidance is contained in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the good practice guide for Local Heritage Listing published by English Heritage.

A local list of heritage assets will:

  • provide clear, comprehensive and current information about non-designated heritage assets that exist within Chesterfield borough
  • help to develop a better understanding of what local communities consider to be important in their local historic environments
  • celebrates the rich variety of features that gives Chesterfield borough its unique qualities.

How a local list will affect property owners:

  • inclusion on the local list provides no additional planning controls
  • unless an asset is listed in the National Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural and Historic Interest or within a conservation area or a scheduled ancient monument, there is no control, under current legislation, over its demolition.
  • inclusion of an asset on the local list means that its conservation as a 'heritage asset' is an objective of the National Planning Policy Framework and Policy CS19 of the Chesterfield Local Plan: Core Strategy and a material consideration when determining planning applications.

Latest consultation

After initial consultation with local heritage consultees and the wider community, an initial draft list of over 200 potential local heritage assets has been prepared. The list has been assessed to clarify whether nominations put forward were consistent with local listing criteria and guidance (as set out in Historic England guidance).

The draft list is now being put forward to property owners for comments. For more information please contact:

Draft local list of heritage assets (pdf 5.51 MB)

Frequently asked questions

What is a locally listed building?

A locally listed building is a building or other structure which is deemed to be of local
architectural or historic interest and is included on the local list drawn up by the
Council. It is a local designation and completely separate from national listing which
is undertaken by the government.

Why have a 'local list'?

There is a growing emphasis on the need to promote 'local distinctiveness'. Local
communities are increasingly being asked to highlight what they consider to be
important within their familiar environment. Intensive development pressures have
highlighted the need to maintain and protect our local natural and built

Whilst those buildings and structures which are of national importance
are identified as listed buildings, we all know of those local buildings which help to
define the areas where we live and work. These buildings make a contribution to the
character and historical legacy of the areas in which they are located.

Further, they contribute to the local scene or are valued for their local historical associations.

Will buildings on the 'local list' receive any additional statutory protection?

The local list is a 'non-statutory' designation. Buildings on the list will not be
subject to new or additional controls. The existing planning controls over changes of
use, external alterations, extensions etc. will continue to apply and will remain
unchanged. Where permission is required for works, the council will ensure that any
proposal respects the building.

What is the difference between 'statutory' and 'local' lists?

Locally listed buildings are recognised by the council and are not graded. They are
not protected by law unless they are in a conservation area.

In contrast, buildings on the statutory list are selected by the Secretary of State with
the guidance of English Heritage. They are graded on their importance (Grade I, II*
and II). They are protected by law and listed building consent should be sought
before extending, altering or demolishing such a property.

If no additional controls are involved what does the local list aim to achieve?
Much can be done to help protect the character of locally important buildings by
raising their 'profile', without the need for extra controls. The local list initiative is
aimed at:

  • ensuring that these buildings enjoy the recognition which they deserve
  • raising public awareness of the importance of these buildings to the local
  • environment
  • encouraging owners to protect and maintain the character of such buildings
  • ensuring that planners, architects, builders, and others concerned with
  • development proposals are aware of the need to give special attention to such
  • buildings.

Do I need additional consents to carry out works to a locally listed building?

No, there are no additional planning controls; normal planning regulations apply.
What should I do if I believe that a property should be included to the list?
If you believe that a property should be included on the list, please contact the
conservation officer (

Last updated on 05 August 2019