Developing A Local List - Blackpool Borough Council

Developing A Local List - A Case Study
Paul Hartley – Conservation Manager , Stockport Council
• Stockport – location
• ‘one of the darkest and smokiest holes in the
whole industrial area’ (Frederick Engels, 1840s):
• ‘When the world was made the rubbish was sent
to Stockport’ (Lady Shackerley, 1871)
• ‘…setting of the town compares to the finest
landscape of Classical Greece..’ (early C18th
rector of Stockport)
• ‘A city of balance, proportion and harmony’
(Barker, 1927)
Development proposals affecting buildings or groups of buildings of local
historic, architectural or other special character interest will not be
permitted unless:
the proposal safeguards the character of the existing building(s) in its
(their) setting; or
(ii) there would be no ensuing loss to the visual character and amenity
value of the site and no detriment to the visual quality, setting
and interest of the local area.
There will be a presumption against demolition and redevelopment unless
the proposals meet the requirements of item (ii) of this policy and would
result in no net environmental loss.
Conservation & Heritage
Key themes :
review of heritage assets
positive action
promoting best practice
partnership working
Conservation and Heritage Strategy
• Review of Heritage Assets :
Statutory list
Local List
Conservation Areas (Appraisals & Management Plans)
Sites and Monuments Register/Historic Environment Record
• Historic Landscape Characterisation
• Digitisation and public access
The review is to be carried out in accordance with established
DCMS/EH statutory listing criteria.
Local listable buildings are to be identified in accordance with the
following criteria :
architectural interest: buildings which are locally or regionally
important for the interest of their architectural design, decoration and
craftsmanship; also important examples of particular building types
and techniques, and significant plan forms
historic interest: buildings which illustrate important aspects of local
or regional social, economic, cultural or military history
close historical association with local or regional important people or
group value, especially where buildings comprise an important
architectural or historic unity or are a fine example of planning (such
as squares, terraces and model villages)
Sample survey sheet
Post survey process :
Internal consultation
Area Committee consultation
Public/community group consultation
Owner/occupier consultation
Executive member decision
Owner Notification
Stockport Historic Environment Database
• Hatting
• Other industries
• Schools
• Schools
• Places of worship
• Public Houses
• Associations
• Cinemas
• Housing
• C20th buildings and structures
• Street furniture
• Survey has helped to inform CA appraisals and target
potential new CAs
• Positive dialogue with community groups
• Buildings at risk survey extended to include local list
• Ongoing development of the local list – different
approaches eg Marple survey and consultation completed
with community input, Cheadle surveyed in-house
Planning process
• Flags significance of building at early point in process
• Provides an opportunity to ensure options are considered
• Mixed success….however very effective where alterations
are proposed or impact of new development upon setting
• LDF policies revised & strengthened to protect local
heritage assets
Summary / conclusions
• Use of consultants – advantages/disadvantages
• Key importance of consultation/engagement at the right
time – developing a positive dialogue
• Can take a long time – selective geographical coverage
• Conservation Strategy – key to getting political support /
Paul Hartley – Conservation Manager , Stockport Council Tel 0161 474 4563

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