Heritage Selection Panel Meeting

Selection Panel Meeting for a Further Six Candidates for Local Listing in West Berkshire

The West Berkshire Heritage Forum is pleased to announce that the next Selection Panel for local listing will take place at 1.30 p.m. on Monday 29th October 2018 at the Council Chamber, Thatcham Town Council, Brownsfield Road, Thatcham RG18 3HF. Six new local listing proposals will be examined :

  1. Iverne House, Burghfield;
  2. Pillboxes on Hungerford Common;
  3. The Nurses Home, Argyle Road, Newbury;
  4. The archaeology of 22 Northbrook Street;
  5. Church Cottage, Kintbury; and
  6. The Turnstile, Kintbury.

The meeting is open to the press and public.

Local listing identifies a building or other heritage asset, which is not listed by English Heritage, to be of exceptional local significance and value. It is material consideration for any relevant planning application, but unlike a nationally listed structure, listed building consent will not be required and a planning application will be considered in the usual way.

The Selection Panel is made up of nine independent heritage experts who are not members or officers of West Berkshire Council or members of the Heritage Forum Committee. The quorum for a Panel meeting is four. At the meeting, the Panel considers each proposed heritage asset and decides whether or not to recommend it for local listing. The recommendation must be unanimous or with a maximum of one abstention. The owner of each asset and any objector or interested party may make representations. The final decision to list is taken by the West Berkshire Council Head of Planning. Details are recorded in the West Berkshire Historic Environment Record.

Any person who wishes to make a formal representation on any of the heritage assets to be considered should contact the Heritage Forum Secretary, Sue Ellis, at susancarveth@gmx.com not later than Wednesday 24th October.

Twenty Four West Berkshire heritage assets have already been locally listed under the process for local listing, which has been approved by West Berkshire Council under the National Planning Policy Framework. Details may be found at http://info.westberks.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=39243

Cllr Anthony Pick, Chairman of the Heritage Forum, said: “Local listing ensures that the unique qualities of our local heritage assets are documented for future plans, without imposing new or onerous obligations on the owner. I am very grateful for the time that members of the Selection Panel are giving to help us make our decisions.

Further information on the West Berkshire Heritage Forum is available on the following website:
http://www.westberkshireheritageforum.org.uk/

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