Issue details

South Yorkshire Local Heritage List

Historic England recommend that local authorities should maintain a list of locally valued heritage assets, nominated by members of the public; inclusion on this list would flag these assets up within the Planning system, for consideration. Local heritage lists can contain a variety of heritage assets, including buildings, monuments, designed landscapes and archaeological sites. Currently Sheffield does not have a process for establishing and maintaining such a Local Heritage List.


The Ministry for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, now the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, provided grant funding for South Yorkshire, to help kick-start the local heritage listing process – 1 of 22 such projects in England.


South Yorkshire Archaeology Service are leading on the project for Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. As well as working on the public nomination process, we need to establish a system for the four authorities to consider nominations and adopt relevant assets on to a Local Heritage List. For Sheffield, our proposal is that the Co-operative Executive approve the methodology for production of a Local Heritage List and agree to delegate future decision-making, on addition or removal of such assets, to the Head of Planning - for nominations received for Sheffield heritage assets.


Historic England guidance on local listing states that inclusion of heritage assets should be approved by a ‘plan-making body’. To date only Barnsley, of the four South Yorkshire authorities, has a methodology in place for such local listing, with decision-making delegated to officer level.  Having discussed the process required with Legal, advice is to seek Executive approval for a similar decision-making model in Sheffield. We are also in discussions with Doncaster and Rotherham to ensure a similar model is followed by those authorities. This will allow a consistent approach to local listing to be adopted across South Yorkshire.


The South Yorkshire Local Heritage List will be displayed on a dedicated project website - to give residents easy access to information about valued local heritage assets. In addition, the information gathered through the nomination process will be used to enhance records held in the South Yorkshire Historic Environment Record (formerly the Sites & Monuments Record), which is maintained by South Yorkshire Archaeology Service for the four authorities.


As part of the process there would be a central ‘Panel’ with representatives from each authority and other stakeholders making initial recommendations. Sheffield also envisages a consistent role for Local Area Committees as consultees for proposed listings in their area.



Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 20/01/2022

Scrutiny Committee: Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee;

Decision due: 16 Mar 2022 by Co-operative Executive

Lead director: Executive Director, Place

Department: Place

Contact: Sarah Cattell Email:

Date agenda documents available: 08/02/22


Agenda items


  • Report of the Executive Director, Place