What is the local list?
The Local list is a list of buildings within the borough, considered by the council as having local historic and architectural value, but that are not statutory listed (recognised by the government as nationally important).
This local list has recently been under review, and now identifies 283 properties as being of local architectural and/or historic interest. It should be noted that this list will be reviewed periodically, as stated in the UDP.
Why has this list been made?
This local list has been made as part of the range of measures being taken by Walsall Council to preserve and enhance the character of the borough. The Unitary Development Plan 2005 states "The Council not grant planning permission for a development scheme which proposes the demolition or adverse alteration of a local list building".
The government advice to local planning authorities on the care of the built heritage is stated in Planning Policy Guidance: Planning and the Historic Environment (PPG15). This advises:
"Many buildings which are valued for their contribution to the local scene, or for local historical importance, will not merit Listing. It is open to Planning Authorities to draw up lists of locally important buildings, and to formulate local plan policies for their protection, through normal development procedures."
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). However, when a planning application for works to a building included on the Local List is submitted, more care and sensitivity to the building, its fabric and its location will be expected. This will be taken in to consideration when the Council makes a decision on the planning 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. As well as this, local list properties also qualify for repair grant aid when the Council has funds available. 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.
How and why were these buildings chosen?
The following criteria were the basis for choosing buildings to be included on the Local List:
Buildings possessing special architectural or historic interest but not currently enjoying Listed Building Status
Buildings of a definite and recognisable architectural interest (including originiality of design and rarity)
Buildings relating to traditional or historic industrial processes in a reasonable state of preservation
Intact inductrial history structures such as bridges
Buildings of character acting as landmarks in the townscape of landscape
Buildings associated with unusual or significant events or personalities, or containing features of definite antiquity (i.e. pre-1800)
Good quality modern architecture
This is not to say that a building has to fit all the criteria, but is chosen on its merits as satisfying one or more criteria.
How can I find out more?
If you would like to discuss any property on the list please contact us.