Locally listed buildings
On 29 March 2023, members agreed changes to the Council’s constitution and scheme of delegation.
The new scheme will be applied to applications with a Statutory Start Date of 30 March 2023 or later. The changes are:
- 10 or more objections will be required to trigger a planning committee meeting
- A scheme with an amenity society objection will be referred to a Chairs’ Review meeting
There are a large number of buildings in the borough that contribute significantly to its character and townscape.
While these buildings may not meet the national criteria for statutory listing, they add to the local distinctiveness of the borough, and so are protected under the Local List.
We have been compiling the Local List since the 1970s, when the Grade III listing classification was abolished. The most recent additions were added in March 2020. There are currently over 250 entries on the list which range from residential properties to public houses and stone boundary markers.
What are the implications of local listing?
Local listing is different from the statutory listing. There is no specific statutory protection for locally listed buildings outside conservation areas, but we take responsibility for the preservation of such heritage assets.
Local listing status is a material consideration in the development control process and we have to take into account the desirability to sustain and enhance such assets. We will therefore encourage developers and owners to preserve buildings of local architectural or historic interest, and will as far as possible use our powers to protect their character and setting.
Nominate a building for local listing
Anyone can put forward a building for local listing. To be selected, the building must have special local historic or architectural interest or could be old or rare.
Lewisham Council has adopted the following criteria for listed buildings within the borough – any one of which may in isolation be considered sufficient:
Historic interest – buildings that are of special social, cultural or economic interest to Lewisham, and/or have proven affiliation with important local people or events, or other community associations.
Architectural interest – buildings that are of special architectural interest to Lewisham for reasons of their vernacular, aesthetic, type, form, style, plan technology, townscape, unity, or association with important architects.
Age or rarity – buildings that are: legibly pre-1700 in interest; of appreciable interest from between 1700–1840; of a high level of interest post-1840; of an outstanding interest and less than 30 years old.
In line with current practice, locally listed buildings are identified as of significant heritage based on the values set out in the Historic England 2008 publication, Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance.
If you are confident that the building meets the selection criteria, please write to the Conservation team, giving the following information:
- address of the building
- architectural description (style, materials, location)
- explanation as to why the building should be included on the list – why is it locally important?
Once we receive your nomination we will assess the building against the adopted criteria for local listing and, if it is of sufficient merit, add it to our database in anticipation of the next round of proposals to be put to Mayor and Cabinet.