A Local Heritage List is a collection of non-designated, locally-identified buildings, monuments, sites, places, areas or landscapes that are recognised as having a degree of heritage significance and importance in the local community. Local Heritage Lists can also play a key part in promoting the cultural identity of a place for various purposes, for example, as a focus for investment and tourism. Locally listing a heritage asset in itself does not bring about additional planning requirements, over and above those already in place, but can be used as a tool to help inform planning decisions in a way that conserves and enhances local character and identity. This means that where planning permission is required, the planning authority will need to consider the value or significance of the heritage asset in the decision making process. Whilst the planning protections for non-designated heritage assets are not as strong as those for designated heritage assets, they are still important.
The Historic England Advice Note 7: Local Heritage Listing provides advice and guidance on local heritage listing. It also provides a framework for local communities and a local planning authorities to work together to identify heritage assets that are locally significant and assess their desirability for conservation.
National Planning Policy Framework 2021
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: National Planning Policy Framework 2021