Waveney Local Plan

Locally Listed Buildings and Non-Designated Heritage Assets

8.200 The National Planning Practice Guidance encourages Councils to identify non-designated heritage assets in their Local Plans. For many years the Council has retained a list of locally important buildings. There are currently 1,420 locally listed buildings on the Local List within the District. These buildings are identified on the Policies Map. To date these have only been identified within or adjacent to Conservation Areas. Notable examples include, the Tuttles Building on Station Square Lowestoft and Southwold Pier.

8.201 The following criteria have been used to identify locally listed buildings:

  • Have a strong association with a prominent historical figure and/or event; or
  • Be a good or relatively unaltered example of a structure constructed in the local vernacular building tradition;
  • Contribute to the value of the townscape;
  • Be a good example of the work of a respected local architect;
  • Form a notable example of a coherent planned housing or commercial development.

8.202 The criteria will be routinely updated through amendments to the Built Heritage and Design Supplementary Planning Document to take into account latest best practice.

8.203 The Local List is not exhaustive and there are likely to be a number of other examples of non-designated heritage assets of local significance. Policy WLP8.36 sets out criteria for determining applications which may affect a locally listed building or another non-designated heritage asset which has not been specifically identified on the list. In line with the National Planning Policy Framework the policy seeks to avoid and reduce harm to these assets. Although the level of protection afforded to them is not as great as that for designated heritage assets.

8.204 Policy WLP8.36 seeks to restrict new uses which would result in substantial harm to a building or its setting or proposals which result in a loss or partial loss of the asset. One of the criteria which allows for harm or loss is that all other options for the asset or the continued use have been exhausted. In demonstrating this, a marketing exercise in accordance with the principles outlined in Appendix 7 should be undertaken. Evidence of marketing will be required to be submitted with any planning application. It should also be demonstrated that it is not technically feasible and economically viable to accommodate the proposed new use for the site within the existing building. The Policy allows for loss of a building if the structure is unsound. In these cases a structural survey will be required to support a planning application.

8.205 The Policy encourages Neighbourhood Plans to identify other buildings in their locality worthy of protection. In doing this, Neighbourhood Plans should use the above criteria.  

Policy WLP8.36 - Locally Listed Buildings and Non-Designated Heritage Assets

Locally Listed Buildings are identified on the Policies Map.

Proposals for the re-use of Locally Listed Buildings will be supported if compatible with the fabric and setting of the building. New uses which result in substantial harm to a building or its setting will not be permitted unless all other options for the building have been exhausted.

Proposals which involve the demolition or part demolition of a Locally Listed Building or other non-designated Heritage Assets will only be permitted where there are comprehensive and detailed plans for redevelopment of the site and where:

  • The building is structurally unsound and beyond feasible and viable repair (for reasons other than deliberate damage or neglect); or
  • All measures to sustain the existing use or find an alternative use/user have been exhausted.

Neighbourhood Plans can identify other buildings of historic or local significance. However, the protection afforded to these should be no more than that provided to Locally Listed Buildings protected by this policy. Buildings identified should meet the criteria for identifying Locally Listed Buildings.