Local Heritage Assets

Within Surrey Heath, there are many buildings and structures that may not meet the criteria for nationally listed buildings at present but do add to the cultural heritage of the Borough. The result is that many fine buildings and structures that represent the early growth of areas like Camberley are unprotected by the statutory listing process. Consequently, from 1989 onwards Surrey Heath Borough Council has compiled a list of over 200 'Structures of Local Significance' or 'Locally Listed Buildings' (now known as Local Heritage Assets) which contribute greatly to the local character of the Borough and should be protected or retained whenever possible.

Update to the Local List Consultation

What are Local Heritage Assets?

Local heritage is an important part of our historic environment and plays a key role in building and reinforcing a sense of local character and distinctiveness.
 
Assets on local heritage lists, also known as local listing, are not protected in the same way as listed buildings but can be afforded protection through the planning system as ‘non-designated heritage assets’. These lists are maintained and managed by the districts and boroughs, and can include any building, monument, site, place, area or landscape which has heritage significance but is not recognised by another designation.
 
More detail on local heritage assets can be found in Historic England's advice note 'Local Heritage Listing: Identifying and Conserving Local Heritage'.

What is the Local Heritage List Project?

As part of the Government’s ‘Build Back Better’ initiative, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in association with Historic England has provided funding to 22 areas to develop local heritage asset lists. Surrey is one of the areas to have received this funding.
 
Over the next year, a project team will be working with the following districts and boroughs, including Surrey Heath, to produce a new or updated local heritage asset list for their area:
  • Elmbridge
  • Epsom and Ewell
  • Mole Valley
  • Surrey Heath
  • Tandridge
  • Woking
This project is seeking to identify and include on lists those assets most valued by their local communities. Local lists have traditionally focused mainly on buildings, but there is an increasing recognition that local heritage encompasses far more than just buildings. It is therefore hoped that when the nominations process opens on 5 October 2021, suggestions will come forward which include all types of features and places.
 
Once adopted, the lists will be used to inform the planning process and guide future decisions around the use and custodianship of local heritage assets. The information captured as part of this project will also be added to the Historic Environment Record (HER) managed and maintained by Surrey County Council.
 
The Surrey boroughs and districts not taking part in this project either have up to date local lists or are carrying out their own reviews. Assets in these areas cannot be nominated as part of this project.
 
Any assets coming forward as part of this project which might be worthy of statutory listing or other form of national designation may be referred to Historic England, under their partner project, Local to Statutory.

How can I get involved in the Local Heritage List Project?

We have launched an online nominations process for assets in Surrey Heath to be included on the new local heritage list. These might be buildings, or structures such as statues, memorials, sculptures, walls or pieces of street furniture. Or they might be parks or gardens, or other examples of designed landscapes. They could also be features in the landscape, such as prehistoric trackways or field boundaries, or the visible remains of archaeological sites such as banks, ditches and walls. Heritage assets can take many forms and can be almost anything which gives an insight how communities and places functioned and provides us with a physical link to our past.
 
The nominations form will ask you a number of questions about the asset, where it is located and what you think is important about it. Once nominated, assets will be shown on an interactive map. The nominations process will be open until 5pm on Tuesday 16 November 2021.
Please use the online nominations process if possible. If you require assistance or have any difficulty completing the form please email localheritagelist@surreycc.gov.uk.
 
Nominations will then be assessed against a set of selection criteria, and draft lists compiled for each district which will be consulted on early next year. Once the lists have been approved, they will be used by the districts to inform their planning decisions and the assets on them will be added to the Historic Environment Record (HER). We hope also that the lists and the information they contain will help asset owners to understand their heritage significance and look after them accordingly.
 
Visit the Surrey County Council website for further information on the Local Heritage list project.

How are buildings selected for designation as a Local Heritage Asset?

In May 2012 the Council adopted a Designation of Local Heritage Assets Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The purpose of this SPD is to provide the methodology and criteria for identification of buildings, structures and sites of local importance for inclusion in support of Policy DM17 and supporting text of the Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPD (CS&DM DPD). The Council will undertake periodic reviews to consider the inclusion of additional buildings as Local Heritage Assets when necessary.

Which buildings are designated Local Heritage Assets?

  • View the record of the Surrey Heath's Local Heritage Assets. View accessible version of Surrey Heath's Local Heritage Assets. Please note that this document was last updated in 2011 and as such does not include recent additions to the list. If you are in any doubt as to whether a building is a Statutory or locally designated Heritage Asset, please contact the Councils Planning Policy and Conservation team.

Can I alter, extend or demolish a Local Heritage Asset?

There are no special planning controls over works to a Local Heritage Asset. However, in determining any planning application that would affect a Local Heritage Asset, the Council will expect development to respect and promote the conservation and enhancement of the Heritage Asset and its setting.