YORK residents are set to have their say on the landmarks they want to see protected.
City of York Council is preparing to open up the debate about which buildings, monuments, spaces and views should be included on the city’s Local Heritage List, with those making the cut having extra safeguards against potential harm from future development.
The authority has already worked with York Open Planning Forum over the issue. The community group has compiled a draft list containing about 180 entries suggested by the public.
The nomination process is now set to be relaunched, offering people the opportunity to submit new entries which could be added to those already in the running.
A review panel will assess nominations – which will have to meet at least one of seven criteria to make it onto the final list – before making recommendations to the council, and those included will form part of York’s Local Plan, a blueprint for the city’s future development.
Although they will not have the same level of protection as listed buildings, a draft consultation report which will be discussed by the council this week said their “conservation and contribution” to York’s character will be a “material consideration” when planning decisions are made.
York’s provisional Local List, as compiled by the Forum, includes the likes of York City FC’s Bootham Crescent ground, Yearsley swimming pool, Fishergate post office, the Sir John Hunt Memorial Homes in Fulford Road, Reynard’s Garage in Piccadilly, Botterill’s Warehouse in Tanner Moat and many pubs. It can be found at yorklocallist.org.uk.
The Local Plan Working Group will this week be asked to recommend to its cabinet that the public consultation should go ahead.
A report by officers David Warburton and Sandra Duffill, of the authority’s design, conservation and sustainable development department, said: “The aims and objectives of the Local Heritage List include recognising the contribution of locally important buildings, monuments, sites, places, areas and landscapes to York’s special character and significance.
“It also includes identifying local heritage assets whose significance merits consideration through the planning process.”