Report from the Strategic Director for Regeneration and Environment.
Consideration was given to the report which set out the proposed process for local heritage listing. Local heritage lists identified locally valued heritage assets, nominated mainly by members of the public and local interest groups. Such a list included heritage assets that were not nationally designated (for example, not listed buildings or scheduled monuments) but had local value and/or heritage interest. The Council did not currently have a process in place for establishing and maintaining a local heritage list. As such, local heritage listing was recommended to help identify heritage assets that would warrant consideration in the planning process.
South Yorkshire Archaeology Service (SYAS), as a joint service for the whole of South Yorkshire, had been awarded Government funding to lead on the establishment of a local heritage list for Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. In discussion with officers from the 4 authorities, and using guidance produced by Historic England, SYAS had proposed a local heritage listing process to be followed by each Authority. The process would ensure that nominations received were appropriately assessed prior to inclusion onto the local heritage list. The outcome would give greater weight to the protection of locally valued heritage assets when making planning decisions. The process would include delegation to the Head of Planning and Building Control to allow for efficient and timely changes to the list.
The suggested process was set out in paragraph 2.2 of the report and the assessment criteria was contained in Appendix 1.
1. That Cabinet note the production of a local heritage list for the whole of South Yorkshire in general and Rotherham in particular.
2. That, in order to compile the full Rotherham Local Heritage List, Cabinet approve the proposed process for local listing as set out in the report.
3. That Cabinet approve delegation to the Head of Planning and Building Control, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, to include, amend or delete heritage assets on the Rotherham Local Heritage List.