In the article I linked to Surrey Heath Borough Council’s list of Local Heritage Assets. In that list there is just one item in Lightwater. It’s Pleasant Cottage in Guildford Road.
Just one. Hmmm, surely there may be possible contenders in our village. The criteria is described in a Supplementary Planning Document, Designation of Local Heritage Assets.
I’m feeling a project coming on. So, I’ll be assessing our stock of assets in Lightwater. I’ve already a number in mind. Here’s the criteria,
3. Criteria for Assessment
3.1 These criteria refer to Local Heritage Assets i.e. those assets identified by the
Local Planning Authority which make a special contribution to the history,
appearance, character and cultural value of Surrey Heath. Focus is on local
rather than national significance. Only those assets that survive in a clearly
recognisable form, with their historic features and layouts still present, will be
chosen. Local Heritage Groups will be consulted in respect of any potential
Local Heritage Asset that is submitted to the Council for consideration.
3.2 The following criteria apply:-
a) Pre 1700: All buildings which retain evidence of style, form, construction. (It is
likely that these buildings would be on the statutory list already, any found to
fall in this category should be proposed for statutory listing)
b) 1700-1840: All buildings where style, form and construction are still evident or
able to be restored. (The best of these buildings would again be likely to be
listed already and would be candidates for statutory listing)
c) Structures between 1840-1914 that are of definite quality and character.
Selection is necessary to ensure poor examples are not included. Examples
of “local styles” will be particularly relevant.
d) Between 1914-1939, only structures of particular quality and character will be
considered. The selection should include particularly fine examples of the
contemporary architectural styles and the principal works of any notable local
e) After 1939 only outstanding structures that represent a particular architectural
style will be considered.
3.3 Other features that need to be taken into account:
a) Significant internal features where known.
b) Significant local historic or community associations – particular architect of
regional or local note, historic associations, certain types of structure with
specific community significance (schools, village halls, places of worship etc.)
c) Examples of Artistic Innovation
d) Example of new or emerging technology
e) Group value – structures can be included for their group value if the structure
is of marginal quality but has its significance enhanced due to its proximity to
other good structures or to some formal planning layout of historic
f) Has it qualities of age, style, materials or any other characteristics which
reflect those of at least a substantial number of buildings in the conservation
g) Does it relate by age, materials or in any other historically significant way to
adjacent listed buildings, and contribute positively to their setting?
h) Does it individually, or as part of a group, serve as a reminder of the gradual
development of the settlement in which it stands, or of an earlier phase of
i) Does it have significant historic association with established features such as
the road layout, burgage plots, a town park, or a landscape feature?
j) Does the building have landmark quality, or contribute to the quality of
recognisable spaces, including exteriors or open spaces with a complex of
k) Does it reflect the traditional functional character of, or former uses within, the
l) Has it significant historic associations with local people or past events?
m) Does its use contribute to the character or appearance of the conservation
n) If a structure associated with a designated landscape within the conservation
area, such as a significant wall, terracing or a minor garden building, is it of
identifiable importance to the historic design?