A locally listed heritage asset is a building, structure or designed space which is deemed to be of local architectural or historic interest and is included on the local heritage list drawn up by the Council. It is a local designation and completely separate from national listing which is undertaken by the government.

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1. Why the council lists local buildings

The Council locally lists in order to give the archaeology, buildings and designed spaces the recognition they deserve. Local listing is a way of flagging up to owners and decision makers that the asset is of value to the local scene, character or history.

Locally listed assets are chosen according to their:

A - Architecture
The architectural style, decoration and detailing, materials, craftsmanship and plan form may give it special interest if these features are of particular note - above the ordinary in their design and execution, and reasonably intact. This criterion can include the best works of architects who were active locally. In some cases altered buildings may still be worthy of inclusion, especially if by an architect of importance.

B - History
Buildings and structures that reflect the diverse aspects of the social, economic, and physical development of Lambeth may be of interest. If the building type is reasonably common – houses, pubs, churches - only the best examples will be added to the list.

C - Close historical association
Connections with people or events that are acknowledged as of being of borough wide / national importance may make some buildings worthy of inclusion. Building materials of clear local interest (such as Doulton's architectural ceramics) may be considered in this category.

D - Townscape
Some buildings and structures contribute to the richness of our street scene, individually or in groups they may contribute greatly to the quality of local townscape or landscape. Similarly, they may contribute positively to the setting or group value of statutory listed buildings.

E - Age and rarity
The older a building or structure is and/or the fewer the surviving examples of its type the more historically important it is.

Locally listed buildings are not given a grade like statutory listed buildings.

2. How buildings are listed

Anyone can ask for an asset to be considered for local listing. Local listing is undertaken by the Divisional Director of Planning (in liaison with the lead member for Planning) on the advice of Conservation and Urban Design Team. Local listing requests should be sent to the Conservation and Urban Design team and should include:

  • full address or a location map
  • clear, up-to-date photographs of the main elevations of the building
  • any information about the building (e.g. the date it was built)
  • details of any specialised function (such as industrial use) or historical associations
  • the name of the architect if known
  • how the building fits in with and enhances its location.

3. Appealing a local listing decision

When an asset is added to the local list the Council will write to owner / occupant of any occupied structure informing them in writing. If an owner or occupier wish to appeal the local listing they must write to the Executive Director responsible for the Planning Division explaining why they think their asset is not of local architectural or historic interest. Similarly, if the Council chooses not to locally list a building then the person who proposed the listing can write asking the Executive Director to revisit the decision. The address to write to is:

Planning Conservation
London Borough of Lambeth
PO Box 734
SO23 5DG

Email: planningconservation@lambeth.gov.uk

4. Carrying out works to a locally listed building

There are no additional planning controls when carrying out works to a locally listed building. The normal planning regulations apply. You may therefore need to apply for Planning Permission for some works.

Policy Q23 of the Lambeth Local Plan (2015) relates to the local heritage list. We take this policy into account when we consider planning applications and other associated proposals which would affect locally listed buildings. Council planning guidance documents such as the Building Alterations and Extensions SPD (2015) may also be relevant to the decision making on applications affecting assets on the local heritage list.