“Tell us your views on town’s important historic buildings” – say Council

Thursday, 25th January 2018

PEOPLE are being asked for their views on a revised list of local buildings that are of architectural and historical importance.

The Tamworth directory of Locally Listed Buildings is made up of a range of properties that would not qualify for statutory listed building status but are still of value and significance to the local community.

It includes more than 90 buildings such as churches, halls, schools, pubs, shops and residential homes, and structures such as the Castle Grounds Bandstand. Although buildings on the list do not require any additional planning consent than normal developments, their designation as locally listed is an extra consideration in the planning process and does offer an added layer of protection.

The list is currently being reviewed by Tamworth Borough Council and was open to public consultation in the spring of 2017. As a result, it is being proposed that four buildings are added to the list, three are removed and that the rest should remain.

A new draft list with the amendments opens for a second round of consultation on January 29, running until March 12th 2018. Further comments will be discussed by the Local List Working Group which is made up of Tamworth councillors, officers from Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council, plus representatives from Tamworth Civic Society, local heritage groups and Historic England.

Recommendations will then be made to the borough council’s Cabinet group for the new draft list to be adopted. At this stage of the consultation, comments are only being sought on the new proposed list; any recommendations to add or remove further buildings would have to be put forward as part of future reviews.

Locally Listed Buildings are determined against a range of criteria including age, rarity, architectural interest, aesthetic interest, rarity, historical association, landmark status and social and communal value.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: “The local list enables us to identify and earmark those buildings which are important to the history and communities of Tamworth. Although these buildings do not require listed building consent, their local significance can be considered should they be subject to any future planning applications.”

The draft local list can be viewed online at www.tamworth.gov.uk/locally-listed-buildings. To take part in the consultation please visit www.tamworth.gov.uk/locally-listed-buildings-2018-consultation or for more information contact a member of Tamworth Borough Council’s Development Plan Team on 01827 709279 or email developmentplan@tamworth.gov.uk.