Assessment Criteria

Heritage assets can be described in terms of their Aesthetic, Historic, Communal or Evidential Value. As the Listed Building Act only considers Aesthetic & Historic Value, Communal Value has been separated into these two aspects.

Only objects which are permanent can be considered.

Guidance: In terms of whether an object can be considered, size, permanence and physical attachment are key factors. Key questions would be:

Can the object be lifted and moved easily by one or 2 people?

Is it physically attached to the ground or a structure?

Examples might be planting or trees, which although physically attached to the ground, would not be considered. Graffiti or a mural would be considered, as they are physically attached to a structure. A park bench would be considered if it was physically attached to the ground and immoveable, but not if not and it could be easily lifted and moved. Vehicles would not be considered, for example wagons on a tramway wouldn’t be considered, however the tramway itself and any infrastructure such as inclined planes, could be.

Prior to entering an asset, it should be checked against the criteria to ensure that it has sufficient importance. It should also be checked as to whether it is already designated or not. For Listed Buildings, there is the potential to add information and photos to the Historic England website using the ‘Enrich the List’ project.