Conservation & Design

Local List

The Local List

The quality of the Island’s historic environment is not just about nationally Listed Buildings or Conservation Areas, although these are undeniably of vital importance. It is also about the contribution of unlisted buildings, parks and structures to an areas local distinctiveness and sense of place. Recognising this, the Isle of Wight Council are working with local heritage groups and Town and Parish councils to develop a Local List. Inclusion on the Local List does not confer protection in the way that statutory listing does although it does allow the historic and architectural interest to be recognised.

Local Listing enables local communities to articulate local distinctiveness right across a streetscape and provides clear and comprehensive information about the historic environment at a local level. Local lists play an important part in recognising and celebrating the value of local heritage to communities by encouraging local people to identify important aspects of their local heritage that they consider should be designated through local listing. The Island’s list now incorporates the richness of the everyday such as the traditional red K6 phone boxes, roadside agricultural limekilns, Edward VIII post boxes, war memorials, and the Columbine Shed at East Cowes and in so doing, helps to sustain authentic detail and heritage values of places into the future.

The Local List can be viewed by clicking here (PDF, 225KB, 19 pages) (adopted February 2011).

Local Lists have been promoted in planning policy since 1990 and English Heritage has produced guidance about how an authority should go about compiling and maintaining a list. The Isle of Wight Council are included in their published guidance as an example of best practice.

Inclusion on the Local List

A small panel has been formed to assess nominations of buildings, parks, gardens or structures at a 6 monthly interval to determine any nominations received in the preceding 6 months. The panel consists of representatives of the Isle of Wight Society, Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society, Isle of Wight Gardens Trust, The local RIBA branch, IWC Archaeological Team and IWC Conservation and Design Team. Nominations are assessed against the Local List Criteria (PDF, 63KB, 1 page). For a nomination to be considered it must meet at least two of the criteria.

Inclusion on the Local List does not in fact change the existing planning controls that apply to a building already, but the effect of an application on the significance of a locally listed building should be take into account when the local planning authority determine a planning application that affects a locally listed building. The Local List reinforces efforts to preserve the character and appearance of the structures, parks and buildings that are included on it. It enables the architectural or historic interest of these heritage assets to be properly considered against any development proposals submitted to the Council. It helps provide clarity for owners, the local community, developers and Planning Officers, so that they are aware of the architectural interest, design merit, communal value or historic qualities as early as possible.  Inclusion on the Local List does not make a building a ‘Listed Building’ – it is a local designation only.

At the end of the year / early in the next year, the judgements from the Panel meetings are collated in a decision report that will need to be ratified by the Councils executive committee. This provides a further opportunity for interested parties, including local Members, owners and the general public to comment upon the additions to the list via the delegated decision process.

Nominating buildings/sites

Anyone can nominate a building, park/garden or structure for inclusion on the Local List. Nominations should be submitted usually by the first of the month of the review panel meeting in order that the necessary consultation with owners can take place. If you want to make a suggestion for an addition to the Local List, all you need to do is complete a Local List nomination form (see below); detailing evidence for at least two of the criteria and provide a present day photograph of the building, park or structure along with any supporting information considered necessary such as:

  • Up to date photographs.
  • Historical photographs/illustrations.
  • Maps (past and present).
  • Information on its historical relationship to the local area and the Island.
  • Information on its architectural merit and design.
  • Information on any historical association to famous local people, local historic events, strong community or social development. Please note this must be well documented.

Local List Nomination Form Printable Version (PDF, 99KB, 3 pages, document for printing and submitting via post).

Please also be advised that the Council is not providing authority for a nominator to enter private land and we cannot accept any liability for personal safety whilst researching Local List nominations.

Please Note: Nominations for the Local List should not be used to frustrate development proposals and will only be considered on the basis of the published criteria.

A Guidance Note for owners of buildings that have been nominated for the Local List

Please note the following:

  • Nomination of a building does not mean it will definitely be included on the Local List.
  • Any photographs will be taken from public land. Photographs submitted to the Council will only be used internally for Local List assessment and approval purposes.
  • There is no requirement to view the interior of the property.
  • No personal details will be contained on the Local List.

It is important to note that at this stage inclusion on the local list does not in fact change the existing planning controls that apply to a building already. Inclusion on the Local List does not make your building a ‘Listed Building’ – it is a local designation only. 

The Local List will reinforce efforts to preserve the character and appearance of the buildings, parks and gardens that will be included on it. It will enable the architectural or historic interest of these assets to be properly considered against development proposals submitted to the Council. It will provide clarity for owners, the local community, developers and Planning Officers, so that they are aware of the architectural or historic interest of a building as early as possible.

Unless a building is statutorily listed or within a Conservation Area, there is no control, under current legislation, over its demolition.

Inclusion on the Local List does not make a building a ‘Listed Building’ – it is a local designation only. There are no grants available for locally listed buildings but the Council is keen to work with owners and occupiers to help safeguard the character of these special places and as such conservation officers are available to give free, confidential advice. In general this will be on the basis of conservation principles in order that the special features of a park, garden or building are retained. Historical architectural features such as windows, doors, roof pitch and cladding etc. are all important elements which, if lost or significantly altered, can devalue the historic importance of a building. Repair of the fabric of a Locally Listed building should normally use traditional materials and methods. In order to sustain and enhance the heritage values of a place, features of architectural and historic interest for example garden features, areas of historic planting or internal machinery in a building should be preserved and restored wherever possible.

The Local Listing process is similar to that used for nominating buildings for inclusion on the statutory list of buildings of national architectural or historic interest. Like the national process, there is no appeal procedure if an owner believes his/her property does not warrant inclusion on the List. However, we will consult the owner of every building/park or garden nominated for inclusion on the List shortly after the submission of a nomination. This will give owners the opportunity to let us know whether they think their building meets the criteria for inclusion on the List or not, which will then be considered against the nomination submitted to the Panel.

It is important to remember that we can only consider representations made by owners in respect of whether the building meets the criteria for listing, and we cannot unfortunately consider personal circumstances, or current or future development proposals. Should you wish to make representations regarding your property’s nomination for inclusion on the list, please direct them to the Island Heritage Service at local.list@iow.gov.uk or 01983 821000.