Community Call to Help Protect Local Heritage

The Local Heritage List helps to protect buildings, sites and structures that local people regard
as important – from medieval cottages to unusual postboxes. Somerset residents are being
invited to nominate what’s valuable in their community as part of a new project being
delivered by the South West Heritage Trust.
Somerset and Exmoor National Park were chosen by the Ministry of Housing, Communities
and Local Government as one of 22 national pilots for a Local Heritage List Project. The Local
Heritage List is different from the national statutory list. It focuses on buildings, sites and
structures that local people regard as important. Local listing will stop locally significant sites
from being overlooked, and will offer some increased protections through the planning
Mary Andrews, Local Heritage List Project Manager, said: “Anyone can have a say in deciding
what’s valuable to their community by nominating a site. Nominations might feature rare
materials or historical connections and could be anything from a factory to a front doorstep,
a postbox to a historic landscape. Places where important events took place, or where
minority identities are celebrated, are also promising candidates. The key thing is that the site
matters to the life and culture of the local community.”
There are several ways to make a nomination, including through the ‘Know Your Place’
website, or by post or email. Find out more at

Or read Local Heritage List – FAQ

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