Shape the future of your local historic environment

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November 2021

The Lincolnshire Local Listing Campaign is looking to celebrate the rich, varied historic environment of the county as part of a national pilot project funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

The project is being delivered by Heritage Lincolnshire, a charitable trust founded in 1988 to champion the understanding and conservation of Lincolnshire’s heritage. Lincolnshire County Council is a partner in the project and there is countywide support from local and unitary authorities, covering the historic county of Lincolnshire, including North and North East Lincolnshire.

Some of the county’s most significant heritage assets are already protected by law through national designations such as Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments, as part of a Conservation Area or Registered Parks and Gardens. Yet there are many more local heritage assets including buildings, landscapes, archaeological remains and structures, which although they do not meet the strict designation criteria for national protection set out above still have a special interest locally and shape local character.

These sites currently fall into a gap, often unrecognised, unrecorded and unprotected. Without recognition, there is a risk that these sites of local heritage interest, which are often invaluable to local people and places, may be missed within the planning system, leading to changes which may result in the loss of their special interest over time – or in some cases their total destruction.

Local Listing aims to capture sites of local interest that merit consideration in the planning process. This is achieved through creating Local Lists of Heritage Assets which are held by Local Authorities. The List is then used as a planning tool to help recognise local heritage assets so that they can be considered in planning decisions. Addition to a Local List does not add protection through law but, where planning permission is already required, it triggers consideration against heritage policies in Local Plans and the National Planning Policy Framework.

The Lincolnshire Local Listing Campaign has worked closely with historic environment specialists across the county to develop a framework for Local Listing, including a project website where members of the public can learn more about what Local Listing is, what it means for heritage assets and owners alike and most importantly, allows them to make nominations of heritage assets for Local Listing.

To ensure that Local Listing is representative of local communities across the county, the project is calling for members of the public, local community groups and local heritage and history groups to come together to create a list of heritage assets that they consider to be of special local interest in their area; explaining why they are significant to them and their local area before submitting their list to project staff and ultimately to the Local/Unitary Authority covering that area.

Felix Mayle, conservation project officer for Heritage Lincolnshire said: “The project is an exciting opportunity to be a part of shaping the future of the historic environment in your area. Local Listing works best with community involvement and we are really keen to hear from members of the public, local communities and groups about what they feel is important and deserving of some protection within the planning system.”

To learn more and make nominations visit the website:
Visit the social media pages on
Facebook: @LincsLocalList
Instagram: @LincsLocalListingProject
Twitter: @LincsLocalLists
For further information, please contact
Felix Mayle on 07510 923 644, or email

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