To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed).
The Committee considered the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance seeking Members’ approval to consult on the Draft Lists of Local Heritage for the Parishes of Heybridge, Maldon and Southminster (attached at Appendix 1 to the report).
The report provided background information on listed buildings within the District and how the Planning Practice Guidance encouraged Local Planning Authorities to identify ‘non-designated heritage assets’ against consistent criteria. Adding them to a ‘local list’ was considered a positive way of improving the ‘predictability of the potential for sustainable development’.
Draft lists for the Parishes of Heybridge, Maldon and Southminster had been produced with assistance from local historians. If Members were to approve these for public consultation, they would be published on the Council’s website and each relevant Parish Council and owner / occupier would be written to. Consultation responses would be reported to a future meeting of this Committee, along with any updates prior to adoption.
In response to a question regarding why a finger post in Heybridge had not been included, the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance advised that he did not have the information available but would consult with the Conservation Officer and advise the Member accordingly. It was noted that a thorough survey of each area had been carried out, but the Director advised he would check if further proposals could be put forward as part of the consultation. The Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance advised that there was a definition regarding what was included and he agreed to circulate this definition to all Members outside of the meeting. Members were further advised that there may have been a number of eligible assets but Officers had been selective to make sure those listed warranted this categorisation.
Reference was also made to the telephone boxes at the top of Market Hill, Maldon and the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance agreed to check with the Conservation Officer regarding these and advise accordingly.
RESOLVED that the Draft Lists of Local Heritage for the Parishes of Heybridge, Maldon and Southminster be approved for public consultation.