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Register of Locally Important Buildings and Structures

2020 Review

The last review was undertaken in 2020.  A copy of the latest Register can be found here.

More information about the local register can be found below.


The register is generally used to raise awareness in the community of our local heritage and to try and protect it from harmful change and demolition.

The current register includes buildings from around the borough from a post box in Audley, to Sneyd estate houses in Keele village, to public houses in the town centres.

Previously nominated buildings that scored six fell short of being added to the register but, if further information can be provided for example with accurate historical information, these buildings can be nominated in a subsequent review.

Buildings which have been rejected previously will not be considered for nomination again, unless further information is provided to enable a better assessment of the building to be made.

If you wish to nominate a building for the next review, please contact the conservation section.

Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The Council has adopted a Register of Locally Important Buildings and Structures Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The purpose of the SPD is to state how we will consider and treat local heritage assets on the local register.

The SPD is concerned with the process which identifies buildings to be included on the list. It explains the implications for being included on the register and how it will become a material consideration in the planning process.

The SPD and the process for selecting buildings for the register have been put together based on best practice from elsewhere and Historic England have also produced guidance on local listing.

The register itself is not adopted with the SPD enabling it to be continually updated each review.

For more information on these policy documents visit the Planning Policy section.

Criteria and scoring system

The council has criteria and a scoring system  which buildings must meet to be included on the local register.  A score of seven marks out of 10 will allow the building to be added to the register.  These criteria are:

1. Authenticity. Whether the building is substantially unaltered/does it retain original features? Has it a purity of form? Has its character remained? (Up to two marks)

2. Architectural Interest.  Is the building typical in style, or of a certain architectural period? Does it have good quality architecture/craftsmanship? (Up to two marks)

3. Historic Interest.  Has the building any association with the community or village? Has it got an important social significance? Does it lie in a conservation area? (Up to two marks)

4. Visual Importance. Is the building visually prominent or are these significant views of the building in the immediate surroundings? Does it have group value with other buildings? (Up to two marks)

5. Community Value.  Has the building been nominated by one of the community groups, parish councils or schools? (Two marks)


A building or structure on the register is one considered to have heritage value and contribute to the character of the area. Local lists frequently include local landmarks, curiosities and buildings which fall short of the criteria for statutory listing.

The Council will use its planning policies, as far as possible, to protect the external appearance of the property. If any changes to a building on the list require planning permission, care will be taken to ensure the character of the building is maintained. Full details will be required to fully assess a development affecting a locally listed building.

Please contact the planning service if you want to find out more about the local register at the above address or via e-mail to Planning Conservation.

Last updated 21 January 2021

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