Local heritage is an important part of our historic environment and plays a key role in building and reinforcing a sense of local character and distinctiveness.
Assets on local heritage lists, also known as local listing, are not protected in the same way as listed buildings but can be afforded protection through the planning system as 'non-designated heritage assets'. These lists are maintained and managed by the boroughs and districts, and can include any building, monument, site, place, area or landscape which has heritage significance but is not recognised by another designation.
This project is seeking to identify and include on lists those assets most valued by their local communities. Local lists have traditionally focused mainly on buildings, but there is an increasing recognition that local heritage encompasses far more than just buildings. It is therefore hoped that when the nominations process opens in early October 2021 suggestions will come forward which include all types of features and places.
Once adopted, the lists will be used to inform the planning process and guide future decisions around the use and custodianship of local heritage assets. The information captured as part of this project will also be added to the Surrey Historic Environment Record (HER) managed and maintained by Surrey County Council.