Press Release: Marple Civic Society campaign ensures 120 buildings are to be given extra protection

President of Civic Voice, Griff Rhys Jones, congratulates Civic Voice member the Marple Civic Society for their campaign to give greater protection to more than 120 listed buildings.

Welcoming the announcement that Marple Civic Society has been successful in adding over 120 buildings to a Local List of Heritage Assets, Griff Rhys Jones, President of Civic Voice said;

“This is great news for the people of Marple. The Marple Civic Society success follows quickly on from the Norwich Society meaning in just two weeks civic groups across England have gained greater heritage protection for over 200 buildings. I congratulate Marple Civic Society for achieving recognition for these local heritage assets.”

A local heritage list is managed by the local authority and, while placing a building on the local list does not give a building any additional legal protection, it does mean that the heritage value of a locally listed heritage asset is a material consideration in determining planning applications. Civic Voice members have pledged to increase the number of heritage assets on local lists by another 2,015 before April 2015.

Gillian Postill Chair of Marple Civic Society said: “I am absolutely delighted that the list has been adopted. We first started this idea when we celebrated the society’s 50th anniversary on the first national Civic Day in 2011. It goes to show what can happen when you ask local people what they care about. We will now move forward to see how we can list some of these sites and others as Assets of Community Value to give them even greater protection.”

Griff finished by saying “We all know of a local building which helps to define the area where we live and work. I would now encourage individuals across England that if you love a local building and think it has character and adds to your local community you should join your local civic society and consider fighting to give the building extra protection from developers by getting it listed on a Local List of Heritage Assets or as an Asset of Community Value”.

NOTES FOR EDITORS
1 Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement. We work to make the places where everyone lives more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive and to promote civic pride. We speak up for civic societies and local communities across England. We believe everyone should live somewhere they can be proud of and we know how people feel about places because we feel the same way. Civic societies are the most numerous participants in the planning system. Since its launch in April 2010 Civic Voice has been joined by over 290 civic societies with 75,000 members. Further information is available at http://www.civicvoice.org.uk including how to join Civic Voice (£10 individuals) and contact details for local civic societies.

2 The local list identifies heritage assets (principally buildings) that are valued locally for their architecture and/or historic value, but which are not of sufficient importance to warrant national statutory listing (i.e. grade I, II* and II.)

3 The National planning policy framework (2012) describes a heritage asset as “a building, monument, site, place, area or landscape identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions, because of its heritage interest.” The term ‘heritage asset’ includes designated heritage assets and assets identified by the local planning authority (including local listing). The NPPF advises local authorities that in assessing proposals which only have local heritage status (“non-designated assets”) “a balanced judgement will be required having regard to the scale of any harm or loss and the significance of the heritage asset.” (NPPF paragraph 135).

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