10:49AM, Thursday 13 June 2013
Creating a list to protect unlisted historic buildings in Windsor is important to preserve the town's heritage, forum members say.
The pre-listing of buildings not listed by English Heritage was discussed at the Royal Borough's Windsor town forum at the Guildhall last night.
Garry Williams, who requested it was debated, said there are 'great places' and street scenes in the town to 'spoil', which need to be protected.
Borough development control manager Suki Coe said the Royal Borough had two options to help protect heritage.
She said a list of places could be drawn up by communities and introduced into the new neighbourhood plans.
Alternatively a 'non-designated heritage asset' list could be started, which council planners would work with communities to compile.
Ms Coe said: "It is really important to set the criteria for which buildings are put on the list and is something the borough will be working on."
She added English Heritage has offered to train people in what buildings should be put on the list and a criteria would be developed once the council had the resources. Andrew Melville, chairman of the Windsor and Eton Society's heritage and environment committee, said creating a heritage list was 'dear to the heart' of the society.
Cllr Tom Bursnall (UKIP, Clewer East) warned the borough had to be 'very careful' in deciding the criteria of the list due to constantly changing times and opinions.
Non-designated heritage assets can include sites of archaeological, architectural, artistic or historic interest, not statutorily recognised, and more than half of UK council authorities have one.
Buildings include non-listed houses, public houses, barns, and other farm buildings, and those not in conservation areas, which authorities say should be preserved and protected.
Developers seeking to demolish buildings on the list face extra scrutiny to get developments accepted, but it does not guarantee preservation.
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