Welcome

Welcome to the Lancashire Local List Platform. Here you will find lots of information about our Local Heritage List Project, including why we are doing this, how you can get involved and guidance to help you select and nominate candidate sites.

The Local List Campaign is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) and was confirmed in January 2021; the project, which covers 22 County areas across England, is also supported by Historic England.

The Lancashire Local List Project is being facilitated by Growth Lancashire Ltd, working in partnership with all the Lancashire Local Authorities including Lancashire County Council to identify local heritage across the County; please visit our partner page here.

Our local heritage - including buildings, monuments, sites, places, areas, historic parks and gardens or other designated landscapes - can be formally identified in numerous ways, with one such way being through Local Heritage Lists. These lists enable the significance of heritage assets and the essential role they play in our communities to be better acknowledged.

To be successful, Local Heritage Lists need to be developed on strong collaborative partnerships with a variety of stakeholders including local authorities and the community; by including a diverse range of participants, local lists are more likely to be reflective of the historic distinctiveness of local communities, making local lists more relevant and representative. We want the Lancashire Local List Project to be inclusive, with all parts of the community being encouraged to contribute, to ensure that a wide range of voices and histories are reflected in the information collected throughout the project.

The information on our website, along with guidance and training opportunities, will give you a greater understanding of:

  • The benefits of creating a Local Heritage List and how it can promote the conservation of local heritage.

  • The benefits of conserving local heritage assets to help contribute to the sustainable development of the area. A local heritage asset has the potential to contribute positively to the local economy either on an individual basis or collectively as part of a group.

  • How heritage assets give individual and group character to a local area, which can provide a lasting sense of place to the local community.

  • Local heritage listing is a process designed to take into account the historic and architectural interest of a diverse range of buildings and structures that are of local importance and is a way of recognising the value of local buildings during the planning process.

We recognise that individuals, local communities and heritage groups participating in this project will play a valuable role in identifying potential sites and buildings to be recognised for inclusion onto a Local List.  However please be aware that whilst this project aims to collect information to enhance existing records and to provide new nominations for buildings and sites, to be included on Local Lists within Lancashire, it is down to each participating Local Authority to adopt its own Local List, if it wishes to do so, using its own selection process. The aspect of adoption remains outside the scope of this project and is a decision for the participating Local Authorities.

Any nominations or information submitted under the Lancashire Local List project will be captured and will be added as a record on the Lancashire Historic Environment Record (HER).

Any heritage assets that you nominate, need to meet at least one of the criteria, which is further explained here.