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We are producing a local heritage list and we need your input!

Do you value Warminster's historic environment? Warminster is home to many great heritage buildings and features. Many of these are listed buildings, but some have not been recognised on the national list. As part of the neighbourhood plan we are working to identify those buildings of local significance and record them on a local list. We need you, the community, to tell us which buildings you feel are worth preserving because of their quality, style or local historical importance. You do not need to own the asset to nominate it! Below are some images of the nominations we have received so far for your inspiration. 

 

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LVHA6 Old Fire Station.jpg
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We want to hear from you!

You can nominate Locally Valued Heritage Assets by filling in our nomination form. The criteria for nominations is available here.

 

 

You do not need to own the asset to nominate it!

Please send in your nominations by 23/11/2022

Below we’ve also set out some Q&As for people who want to know more…

What is a Local Heritage List?

 

A Local Heritage List is a list of buildings, parks, gardens or architectural features considered to be of special interest because of their historic, architectural, design or townscape value.

Unlike nationally Listed Buildings or Scheduled Monuments which are designated at a national level by Historic England, we are looking for ‘non-designated’ heritage. Unlike Listed building designation, Local Listing is not a legislative control and does not determine whether planning permission is needed. However, when planning permission is required the 'special interest' of a local heritage asset will be taken into account by planning officers when considering applications.

 

A Local Heritage List gives the Council and local community the chance to recognise heritage assets that are of importance to the history of their place and that these need to be regarded with care in planning decisions. This will benefit both owners and developers regarding better understanding of opportunities and constraints of the local area. You do not need to be the owner to nominate a building, just check it meets the criteria below.

 

What are benefits to doing this?

 

As part of the review of our Neighbourhood Plan we want to identify local heritage assets as a way for our community to demonstrate what the community and Council feel are important heritage assets in terms of local distinctiveness. A planning policy will be included in our updated plan to deliver this.

 

A Local Heritage List gives the Council and local community the chance to recognise heritage assets that are of importance to the history of their place and that these need to be regarded with care in planning decisions. This will benefit both owners and developers regarding better understanding of opportunities and constraints of the local area. 

 

Local Heritage Lists are prepared by both Neighbourhood Plan groups and Local Authorities with strong support from the Government “Local people will be empowered to nominate heritage buildings which are important to them and reflect their local area and identity in the most ambitious local heritage campaign for 40 years, launched today.” (Press Release 23rd October 2019 by the then Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government Robert Jenrick)

What does inclusion on the Local Heritage List mean for my property? 

 

Inclusion of any asset onto the Local Heritage List does not remove any permitted development rights and therefore you will be able to carry out these works as before, without additional consent requirements over and above those already required for planning permission or Building Regulation approval. However, they do become a material consideration within the planning system, when any planning application is submitted to Wiltshire  Council in connection with the Locally Listed asset. Inclusion on the List does not change the legal status of the building and is not a Local Land Charge and will therefore not feature in any solicitors’ property searches. It is hoped that inclusion on the Local Heritage List will give a sense of pride to owners and encourage them to manage and maintain their buildings sympathetically. However, owners may challenge listing by demonstrating that the assets does not meet any of the selection criteria.

 

Will this be the only opportunity to compile a Local Heritage List for Warminster?

 

This will be an ongoing project. Nominations will be assessed by a panel of local experts on a regular basis. However – for the Neighbourhood Plan review we are looking for nominations by 23/11/2022.