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Locally listed buildings

Black Country local heritage list project update

The four Black Country authorities (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton) were awarded £70k by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities as part of their £1.5m Local Heritage List fund.

The project aim is to update and enhance the local heritage list and help protect and promote the historic buildings, structures and other heritage assets that play a significant role in the local character and distinctiveness of our areas.

You can find out more about the project on the Black Country local list website.

Nominate a site

We want you to help us identify buildings and other heritage assets that should be included on the local heritage lists.

Nominations will be open from 15 November 2021 to 14 February 2022. You can put forward buildings, structures, parks, archaeological and geological sites and public artwork that you feel has heritage value. You can do this online, or download a form from the Black Country local list website:

Nominate a site [external link]

Follow the project's progress

You may see some flyers about the project around town encouraging you to get involved. You can sign up for updates and follow the project's progress on the Black Country local list website and on TDR Heritage’s Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

Creating and maintaining local heritage lists is an ongoing commitment and activity. You'll still be able to put forward heritage assets for inclusion on the lists to conservation staff after this project ends. These will be considered in later updates to the lists.

The local list

This is a list of buildings within the borough that we consider to have local historic and architectural value, but that are not statutory listed (recognised by the government as nationally important).

It's part of a range of measures we're taking to preserve and enhance the character of the borough. We will not grant planning permission for a development scheme which proposes the demolition or adverse alteration of a local list building.

There are currently around 300 properties on the local list.

If you want to discuss any property on the list, please email us.

How does this affect a property included on the local list, and its owner?

There are no changes to permitted development (minor works for which planning permission is not needed).

If a planning application for works to a building included on the local list is submitted, we expect more care and sensitivity to the building, its fabric and its location. We'll take this into consideration when making a decision on the application.

If the proposal includes plans for any actions that may end with the demolition or significant alteration of the building, it may be refused.

How will it benefit the building and the environment?

A building for which physical change is carefully designed to respect architectural and historic interest contributes to the townscape of the local area. This will mean a better-than-average property value. Local list properties also qualify for repair grant aid when we have available funds. Owners and occupiers can also have the satisfaction of taking part in the conservation of a building, or set of buildings, for the benefit of future generations.

A building doesn't have to fit all the criteria below - it is chosen on its merits as satisfying one or more. It should:

  • possess special architectural or historic interest (but not currently listed building status)
  • have a definite and recognisable architectural interest (including originiality of design and rarity)
  • relate to traditional or historic industrial processes in a reasonable state of preservation
  • be an intact industrial history structure (for example, a bridges)
  • have character, acting as landmarks in the townscape of landscape
  • be associated with unusual or significant events or personalities, or containing features of definite antiquity (i.e. pre-1800)
  • have good quality modern architecture