A heritage asset is defined by the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework as a building, monument, site, place, area or landscape identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions because of its heritage interest.
Heritage assets include those that are designated such as listed buildings, conservation areas and scheduled monuments; and those that are non-designated, that is ones identified by the local planning authority as having local interest.
The Government’s National Planning Practice Guidance states that, in the case of buildings, the significance of non-designated heritage assets should, ideally, be judged against the local planning authority’s published criteria. Significance is the value of a heritage asset to this and future generations because of its heritage interest that can be archaeological, architectural, artistic or historic.
Following public consultation the Council adopted the Criteria for the identification of non-designated heritage assets that are buildings on 6 October 2015. The criteria are technical guidance in support of the Council’s Core Strategy Policy SP15 (Landscape and Townscape) of the Local Plan.
Please note that the criteria are for the identification of buildings (or structures) only; and for use by the Council as local planning authority. They are published here to provide a clear reference to understand how significance is identified in respect of buildings of local interest that may be non-designated heritage assets.
The Council, as local planning authority, is still free to identify any other kind of non-designated heritage asset and currently has identified locally important historic parks and gardens.