National Park heritage gems sought for Local List

Brecon
Beacons National Park Authority is encouraging all local community councils,
heritage bodies, interest groups, owners and Park residents to help put forward
their ideas to develop the Local List.

 

The
Local List will cover buildings, monuments, areas of public interest and places
where significant historical events may have taken place that are valued by the
community as contributing to local heritage or reinforcing local
distinctiveness and sense of place, but do not have listed building status or a
similar level of protection.

 

The
list is intended to catalogue and recognise these buildings, monuments or areas
so that they can be properly considered when development proposals are
submitted to the National Park Authority and assist the planning process.

 

Each
nominated building will be assessed against a set of criteria detailed within
the Local List draft approved by members of Brecon Beacons National Park
Authority in May last year.

 

Although
there will be no direct additional requirements over properties that are
included on the Local List, the National Park Authority will encourage owners
to preserve the special qualities that have resulted in their inclusion and
will promote restoration where there is good evidence.

 

Work
on the project begins this month, with formal lists being drawn up for the
Talgarth and Brecon area. It is planned that lists for Crickhowell and
Hay-on-Wye will be produced in September this year, with the west of the
National Park covered in December and the east of the Park assessed later in
February 2013.

 

In
the near future the National Park Authority also has plans to develop a
planning guidance note to cover the ‘Protection of the Park’s Heritage’ and
this document will further expand how Local List buildings etc need to be
considered in terms of retention and development.

 

Rosie
Burton, Senior Heritage Officer (Buildings Conservation) for Brecon Beacons
National Park Authority said: “Conserving and enhancing the vernacular
buildings of archaeological and historical significance is the key to this
project, and that’s why we’re asking National Park residents to come forward
and tell us the buildings, monuments and areas that are important to
them.  This is really great news for historic buildings that may require
some restoration to bring them back to their best.”

 

Cllr
Eric Saxon, Member Champion for Heritage for Brecon Beacons National Park
Authority said: “As a National Park Authority we feel it’s important that we
work closely with local communities to assist in recognising locally important
heritage assets that are valued by local residents.

 

“Adding
these buildings, monuments and areas to the Local List will help to ensure that
these assets continue to contribute both to the character of the Park’s built
environment and to our historic landscapes.”

 

To
make a nomination for the Local List or to find out more please contact Rosie
Burton, Senior Heritage Officer on 01874 620 433 or email here.

 

For
details of the Local List criteria, please visit www.breconbeacons.org.

 

Local
List criteria

 

1. Historic Interest

a) Does this relate to an
important aspect of local social, religious, political or economic history?

b) Is it historically associated
with an important local feature?

 

2. Historic Association

a) Is it closely associated with:
famous local people, local history events, strong community or social
developments (must be well documented)?

b) Does it relate closely to any
statutorily protected structure or site?

 

3. Architectural & Design
merit

a) Is the surviving
building/structure/park or garden the work of a particular architect or
designer which illustrates local or regional architectural history or design?

b) Does it show qualities of age,
style or distinctive characteristics relative to the area?

c) Does the architectural design,
details and construction materials aid to the local character of the area?

 

4. Survival

a) Does it remain in a substantial
and recognisable form?

b) Does it retain its historic
features and layouts?

c) Does it represent an important
element in the development of the area?

 

5. Townscape merit

a) Does it represent an important
visual amenity locally? For instance does it create interesting visual impact
in an area or make a landmark?

b) Is it a notable building(s) on an important
route into the area, which creates a vista or contributes to the skyline? Does
it emphasise corner sites or provide focal points in the townscape?

 

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