Landmark Status

Heritage assets with Landmark status are those which tell us where, and who, we are. An asset with strong communal or historical associations, or because it has especially striking aesthetic value, may be singled out as a landmark within the local scene.

As Landmark status is closely related to architectural and historic interest, it will not be sufficient by itself to qualify an asset for inclusion on the Cambridgeshire Local Lists without additional compelling evidence in support of other criteria.

Any heritage asset could be considered a landmark as long as it is visually prominent within its setting and/or has special significance for the local community, such that it creates a focal point.  

Assets with landmark status may also be associated with distinctive communal, commemorative, symbolic or spiritual significance.

An asset with landmark status should contribute positively to its setting through its aesthetic value or in providing local distinctiveness or interest.

Examples will be varied and might include a significant focal point such as a clock tower, a village or urban square, a signpost or an item of street furniture, a religious gathering place such as a chapel or mosque, or a building or structure that is characteristic of the heritage of the local district such as a factory building.

Consider when making a nomination:

  • Is the asset visually prominent within the streetscape or landscape?
  • Is the asset a reference point for the local community or within the landscape?
  • Does the asset have strong historical (communal/social) value for local people?
  • Does the asset provide local distinctiveness and interest that contributes to the landscape or townscape or to local identity in a positive way?
  • Is the asset well known and used, or historically used, by the local community?