Members of the public are being invited to nominate locally significant buildings for a new list of the district’s heritage assets.
The Lancaster district has more than 1,300 buildings and structures that are of significant architectural and historic importance that are included on the National Listed Building Register.
But there are also many other buildings and structures throughout the district which contribute to the special local character of Lancaster that do not meet the strict criteria for statutory listing.
Many of these buildings are also important to many communities and their local distinctiveness.
Lancaster City Council is in the process of developing a local list to assist with identifying locally important buildings and structures throughout the district.
The purpose of Lancaster’s List of Local Heritage Assets is:
• To raise awareness of the district’s historic buildings and their importance to local distinctiveness.
• To inform developers, owners, council officers and members about buildings within the district that are desirable to retain and protect.
• To provide guidance and specialist advice to owners to help protect the character and setting of the buildings and structures.
• To help the council in its decision-making when discussing proposals and determining planning applications.
A copy of the draft local heritage list criteria can be found by following the links on the council’s website at www.lancaster.gov.uk/conservation.
Members of the public are welcome to provide any comments on the document.
Coun Janice Hanson, cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration and planning, said: “The Lancaster district has one of the richest historic environments in the North West.
“The city council is keen to do all it can to retain this important wealth of heritage assets for the benefit of future generations.”