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New logoPublic Consultation - Draft Local Heritage List CriteriaLocal List

Monday 2nd December 2013 to Friday 24th January 2014

Bromsgrove District Council are in the process of a compiling a Local Heritage List. Local lists identify heritage assets which are valued by local communities and contribute to the character and local distinctiveness of an area. Heritage assets can include buildings, structures, landscapes or places associated with significant local, historical events, important people, trades or industries, craftsmen or locally distinctive buildings in terms of their architecture or materials, to name but a few examples. Local lists have been promoted in planning policy since the 1990s. English Heritage has recently produced guidance on how local authorities should go about preparing and maintaining local lists. More information on compiling the Local Heritage List is contained in the Draft Local Heritage List Strategy DocumentPDF Acrobat File and further information on local listing is contained in the English Heritage Document ‘Good practice for Local Heritage Listing’Internet Link.

The first step in the process is to consult on the draft selection criteria which have been identified.

Why do we need selection criteria?

The local list can incorporate all types of heritage assets, and selection criteria are important for defining the scope of the local list, ensuring that a range of local assets including the locally distinctive are included. More weight can be given to preserving the significance of assets on the local list, if the list has been objectively prepared. Criteria therefore need to be subject to public consultation and there has to be a clearly defined process for compiling the list as well as adding to it in the futureFinstall Local list.

Proposed Selection CriteriaBromsgrove School gate

To be considered for the local list each heritage asset should satisfy criteria 1 and one other criteria:

1) Authenticity

Any heritage asset proposed to be considered for selection under any of these criteria the asset would need to have retained a significant and recognisable amount of its original form and fabric.

2) Architectural Interest

This would include;Post Box

  • Assets which can be attributed to locally important architects, designers, builders, gardeners or craftsmen, and illustrate a high quality of design or innovation
  • Assets which illustrate distinctive artistic, craftsmanship, design or landscaping qualities of interest
  • Assets which are a good example of a locally important building type (e.g. Nailers Cottages)

3) Historic Interest

This would include;

  • Assets which are associated with a locally important historic person, family or group
  • Assets which illustrate a particular phase or period of local, social, religious, political or economic history (e.g nailers cottages or assets associated with the Chartist Movement at Dodford)
  • Assets which are associated with a locally important historic event or movement.

Lickey Trough4) Townscape Interest

This would include;

  • Assets which are locally important building types such as churches, chapels, schools and other distinctive features in the streetscape.
  • Assets which are landmarks or features which make a positive contribution to the distinctive character of the area.


Any Comments

Any comments in respect of the criteria will be considered and the final decision as to whether any changes should be made to the criteria will rest with the Head of Planning and Regeneration in consultation with the Portfolio Holder.

We would specifically like you to respond to the questions outline below:

Consultation Questions

  • Is it clear what a local heritage list is?
  • Is it a fair set of criteria for identifying and assessing nominations?
  • Are the criteria suitable for a wide range of buildings or features?
  • Is it clear what is required for an asset to be considered?

Responses can be forwarded on the Consultation FormPDF Acrobat File (Word VersionWord document)

When the selection criteria have been finally been agreed upon, compilation of the Local Heritage List will commence in the way outlined on pages 7 and 8 of the Draft Local Heritage List Strategy Document.

Please note that the deadline for consultations to be received is 5pm on Friday 24th January 2014.

Further Information

We are holding two consultation events in the Conference Room at the Council House, Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove

Monday 16th December 2013 3pm to 7pm

Thursday 16th January 2014 3pm to 7pm

Alternatively you can contact the Conservation Officer via:

Email: email or telephone:telephone icon01527 881329


Townscape Heritage InitiativeTHI Logo

The Bromsgrove Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is a new £1.6 million scheme which aims to regenerate the town centre by working in partnership with local businesses and other partners to repair and enhance historic properties on High Street and Worcester Road. The scheme is jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Worcestershire County Council and Bromsgrove District Council. For more information please follow the link for the Town Centre Heritage Initiative.

Bromsgrove Town and St. Johns Conservation Areas Lloyds TSB and 110 High Street

A new St. John’s Conservation Area was designated on 1st June 2011 by the Council’s Cabinet incorporating part of the Bromsgrove Town Conservation Area, Bromsgrove Cemetery and some additional properties on Church Lane, Church Road and Crown Close.

Formal amendments were also made to the Bromsgrove Town Conservation Area boundary to remove properties to the west of Hanover Place and the section of St. Johns which was transferred to the new St. Johns area.

The approved versions of the character appraisals for each area including the amended boundary maps are available through the links below:

right arrow greenBromsgrove Town Conservation Area Appraisal PDF Acrobat File

right arrow greenSt. Johns Conservation Area AppraisalPDF Acrobat File

Hewell Grange Conservation Area

Paper Mill Lodge - HewellThe Hewell Grange Conservation Area was formally designated on 6th October 2010 and the Council has recently consulted on an additional special planning control called an Article 4 Direction to protect historic windows and other traditional features. This special control would mean that Planning Permission would be required from the Council before alterations were made to these features. This would not mean that permission would necessarily be refused, simply that the Council would be able to consider whether the alterations would preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the Conservation Area.

The proposed Direction would mean that Planning Permission would be required for the following works:Rose Cottages - Hewell

  • Any enlargement, improvement or alteration such as an extension or conservatory
  • Any change to doors or windows, including changed materials, details and designs and types of decorative finish.
  • Any alteration to a roof, including changes to roof coverings, or the installation of roof lights and solar panels
  • Removing, building or altering chimneys.
  • Building new or altering existing walls, gates, fences or other means of enclosure.

A map showing the properties which would be affected can be viewed through the link below.

right arrow greenHewell Grange Conservation Area Boundary Map PDF Acrobat File

Listed BuildingsSaint Leonard's Church in Beoley

There are currently 467 Listed Buildings in the Bromsgrove District.  A Listed Building is a building or structure which is included on the national statutory register because of its architectural or historic interest and protects the entire building inside and out, including any later extensions. The document attached below has details of all the Listed Buildings within our district organised by parish.

right arrow greenListed Buildings by ParishPDF Acrobat File

There are three grades of listing I, II* and II, the most important buildings being listed as Grade I. English Heritage is responsible for the addition of buildings to the national register, although any member of the public can submit a request for listing. For further details on how buildings are listed and how to make a listing request please go to English Heritage Internet Link

Engine House in Tardebigge

The statutory list descriptions produced for each Listed Building are available online through the Heritage Gateway (see link below). Please note the list description is only intended to be used for identification purposes and is not a summary of what features are important or protected. Any outbuildings or ancillary structures within the curtilage such as garden walls or stores built before 1st July 1948 are also protected within the listing and are commonly known as curtilage listed buildings.

 right arrow greenHeritage Gateway Internet Link

A special type of Planning Permission called Listed Building Consent is required from the Council to alter, extend or demolish any part of a listed building or curtilage listed building including internal alterations. Consent Hagley Stationmay also be required for large scale refurbishment schemes where this would result in substantial replacement of historic fabric for example complete re-roofing in new slates or rebuilding walls with new brickwork. Consent may also sometimes be required for cosmetic works which alter the appearance of the building such as painting in a different colour or repointing.  Like for like repairs to match the existing materials and appearance do not usually require formal consent. For further guidance on appropriate methods of repair please contact the Conservation section, or follow the link to the English Heritage Practice Guide which accompanies PPS5 PDF Acrobat File for national guidance on alterations to and repair of listed buildings.

Standard Planning Permission would also be required for any alterations or extensions which affect the appearance of the building and for the erection of gates, fences or walls which enclose the listed building in some way. New development in the grounds of a listed building will normally need Planning Permission, but wStrand House in Bromsgroveill only need Listed Building Consent if it is physically attached to the listed building.

Building Regulations approval is not a substitute for Planning Permission or Listed Building Consent

It is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building without the benefit of Listed Building Consent, and formal enforcement action including prosecution can be taken against the owner, architect and contractors involved in the unauthorised works. It is important therefore that you discuss any proposals to alter a listed building with the Council before commencing works. Forms for all types of Planning Permission are available online through the Planning Portal:

right arrow greenMake an application. Internet Link

Statements of Significance

From 23rd March 2010 a Statement of Significance must be submitted for all types of applications relating to heritage assets including works to listed buildings, scheduled monuments or locally listed buildings, and developments in conservation areas and landscape protection areas. A heritage asset does not have to be formally designated by the Council but should have some identifiable architectural, historic, archaeological or artistic interest.

This statement is in addition to a Design and Access Statement and planning applications which are not accompanied by a Statement of Significance will not be validated. Further guidance on the content expected is available within PPS5 Planning for the Historic Environment Internet Link and the accompanying English Heritage/DCMS Practice Guide. Internet Link

Listed Buildings at RiskHewell Lodge

Owners of listed buildings have a legal obligation to keep them wind and water tight. Formal action can be taken by the Council in the form of an Urgent Works Notice or Repairs Notice to ensure the preservation of a listed building. A national register of heritage sites at risk is produced annually by English Heritage and includes ancient monuments, Grade I and II* Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas at risk. From our District two listed buildings, six scheduled monuments and the registered historic park at Hewell Grange are included onHagley Obelisk the 2009 "Heritage at Risk" Register.

The Council is about to commence a survey of all the listed buildings in the district to identify any other Buildings at Risk. This will be done on a parish by parish basis over the next 12 months. Formal notification letters will be sent to the owner/occupier of each listed building explaining the survey aims and parameters before we visit your property. Scaffolding

VAT and Listed Buildings

VAT paid on goods and services related to alterations to a Listed Building can be reclaimed from HM Revenue and Customs provided that Listed Building Consent was granted for the work. This only applies to certain types of alterations which are zero rated, as repairs normally don't require consent from the Council. To reclaim the VAT owners will need to provide copies of their receipts, their Listed Building Consent approval notice and a copy of the statutory list description for their building. For further information on VAT and Listed Buildings please go to Para 9.22 through the following link. Internet Link

ShopfrontShopfronts and Advertisements

The Council has an adopted Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) on Shopfronts and Advertisements including specific guidance for historic buildings and areas. Internally illuminated signage is not normally permitted on Listed Buildings or within Conservation Areas. The number of signs permitted may also be reduced to minimise clutter on an elevation and lessen the accumulative effect of signage in the street scene. Materials such as Perspex, acrylic or un-coated aluminium and the addition of solid external roller shutters are unlikely to be granted consent.  For further information please contact our Development Management section or follow the links below to access our adopted SPG and the national government advice on advertisements:

right arrow greenShopfronts and Advertisement Design Guide PDF Acrobat File

right arrow greenOutdoor advertisements and signs: a guide for advertisers.Internet Link

Conservation Areas

There are 12 Conservation Areas within the Bromsgrove District which are designated as having special architectural or historic interest. Details of our current designations and links to any public documents are included in the table below.

*Please note our draft character appraisals have not been adopted as Supplementary Planning Documents and only the Bromsgrove Town, Hewell Grange and St. Johns character appraisal has been through a public consultation process to date*

Name Date of Designation Boundary Reviewed Character Appraisal Produced Management Plan Produced
AlvechurchPDF Acrobat File 1968 No April 1969 No
Barnt GreenPDF Acrobat File Sept 2000 No No No
BelbroughtonPDF Acrobat File 1969 1975 No No
BeoleyPDF Acrobat File August 1980 No Draft January 2011PDF Acrobat File No
Bromsgrove TownPDF Acrobat File 1968 1983, 1989 and 2009 June 2011PDF Acrobat File Draft November 2010
ClentPDF Acrobat File March 1981 No No No
DodfordPDF Acrobat File August 1975 No Draft January 2011PDF Acrobat File No
HagleyPDF Acrobat File October 1987 No Draft April 2010PDF Acrobat File No
Hewell Grange October 2010 No August 2010PDF Acrobat File No
Holy CrossPDF Acrobat File 1981 No No No
St. Johns June 2011 No June 2011PDF Acrobat File No
Worcester and Birmingham CanalPDF Acrobat File June 1987 No No No

Alvechurch Square

A special type of Planning Permission called Conservation Area Consent is required for the total or substantial demolition of any building over 115m3 in size, the demolition of a boundary wall over 1m in height next to the highway or 2m elsewhere and the removal of any agricultural building constructed before 1914. There is a general presumption against the loss of buildings which make a positive contribution to the character or appearance of the Conservation Area.

When assessing applications for Planning Permission within designated Conservation Areas, the Council must pay special regard to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of the Conservation Area. This does not mean that new development will necessarily be opposed, only that this should not harm the St. John Street interest of the wider Conservation Area.

Some permitted development rights (works which normally don't require Planning Permission) are restricted in Conservation Areas including the erection of dormer windows, satellite dishes and replacement signage.  For further advice on permitted development rights please contact our Development Management Team. Additional controls are also placed over trees within a Conservation Area, meaning that an owner must submit a formal notification of works to the Council six weeks before starting work.

Cross at St. LeonardsScheduled Monuments

There are 13 Scheduled Monuments within the Bromsgrove District (most of which are either moated sites or historic religious centres) and 839 sites of some archaeological interest. Scheduled Monuments are designated by English Heritage and formal Scheduled Monument Consent is required from them for any works including repairs. Advice on the management and maintenance of archaeological sites is available from Worcestershire County Council at:



Registered Historic Parks Temple of Theseus and Gardens

There are two registered historic parks in Bromsgrove District, Hagley Park which is Grade I and Hewell Grange which is Grade II*. Although inclusion of an historic park or garden in the national register brings no additional planning controls, the registration is a material consideration when assessing applications for Planning Permission. English Heritage is responsible for the addition of historic parks to the register, for further information on how to submit a park for inclusion please follow the link. Internet Link


Locally Listed BuildingsLocal List

Locally listed buildings are those properties outside of Conservation Areas which still have some architectural or historic merit, but do not meet the standards for national listing. These buildings have no legal protection against demolition but some local authorities produce a formal list of local interest buildings which may have weight in planning decision making and at planning appeal. The Council does not currently have a formal local list, but is planning to produce a draft local list which will be subject to public consultation in the future.

If you need any further advice or guidance on the historic built environment, please contact the Conservation section on:

telephone icon 01527 881329 or email

For advice on trees within Conservation Areas or covered by a Tree Preservation Order please contact telephone icon 01527 64252 ext 3075  or email

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