Working Mens Club In Ellesmere Port, CWAC, P CWAC
The Working Mens Club in Ellesmere Port is part of the old Ellesmere Port and Neston Local List. Credit: via CWAC

Cheshire to expand local heritage list

Julia Hatmaker

Buildings, landscapes, parks and more that are included on the list will play a role in the consideration of planning applications, with future schemes having to take into account the impact they have on the heritage sites.

The Cheshire Local List will be created over the next two years by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire East Council and Halton Council. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, has awarded the councils £70,000 for the project.

The list will be used in neighbourhood plan development and conservation area management, according to the councils. It will build on the existing local lists for Vale Royal and Ellesmere Port and Neston.

Not every structure on the local list will be old, according to CWAC leader Cllr Louise Gittins.

“The idea behind the Cheshire Local List is that it will identify what is important to residents,” she said. “In addition to the normal criteria such as age, rarity and architectural interest, this list will also consider features that are ‘making history’.

“Heritage doesn’t have to be old; we want to include features that are important to new and changing communities on the Cheshire Local List,” she continued. “The Local List is used in the planning system to highlight buildings, landscapes and other features that play a significant role in community identity and history.”

Headland Design Associates will assist the councils in making the list, which will focus on 15 areas, including five in CWAC’s domain: Broxton parish, Ellesmere Port, Hoole, Ince & Elton, and Shocklach Oviatt parish.

Those looking to help with the local list or contribute their suggestions for what should be included should visit local-heritage-list.org.uk/cheshire.

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