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1 Developing A Local List - A Case Study Paul Hartley – Conservation Manager, Stockport Council

2 Stockport – location

3 Stockport ‘one of the darkest and smokiest holes in the whole industrial area’ (Frederick Engels, 1840s): ‘When the world was made the rubbish was sent to Stockport’ (Lady Shackerley, 1871) ‘…setting of the town compares to the finest landscape of Classical Greece..’ (early C18 th rector of Stockport) ‘A city of balance, proportion and harmony’ (Barker, 1927)

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10 STOCKPORT UNITARY DEVELOPMENT PLAN 1998 HC2.5 DEVELOPMENT AFFECTING BUILDINGS OF LOCAL INTEREST Development proposals affecting buildings or groups of buildings of local historic, architectural or other special character interest will not be permitted unless: (i)the proposal safeguards the character of the existing building(s) in its (their) setting; or (ii) there would be no ensuing loss to the visual character and amenity value of the site and no detriment to the visual quality, setting and interest of the local area. There will be a presumption against demolition and redevelopment unless the proposals meet the requirements of item (ii) of this policy and would result in no net environmental loss.

11 Conservation & Heritage Strategy Key themes : review of heritage assets positive action promoting best practice partnership working

12 Conservation and Heritage Strategy Review of Heritage Assets : Statutory list Local List Conservation Areas (Appraisals & Management Plans) Sites and Monuments Register/Historic Environment Record Historic Landscape Characterisation Digitisation and public access

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15 Brief The review is to be carried out in accordance with established DCMS/EH statutory listing criteria. Local listable buildings are to be identified in accordance with the following criteria : architectural interest: buildings which are locally or regionally important for the interest of their architectural design, decoration and craftsmanship; also important examples of particular building types and techniques, and significant plan forms historic interest: buildings which illustrate important aspects of local or regional social, economic, cultural or military history close historical association with local or regional important people or events group value, especially where buildings comprise an important architectural or historic unity or are a fine example of planning (such as squares, terraces and model villages)

16 Sample survey sheet

17 Post survey process : Digitisation Internal consultation Area Committee consultation Public/community group consultation Owner/occupier consultation Executive member decision Owner Notification Publicity/dissemination

18 Stockport Historic Environment Database

19 Themes Hatting

20 Other industries

21 Schools

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23 Places of worship

24 Public Houses

25 Associations

26 Cinemas

27 Housing

28 C20th buildings and structures

29 Street furniture

30 Survey has helped to inform CA appraisals and target potential new CAs Positive dialogue with community groups Buildings at risk survey extended to include local list Ongoing development of the local list – different approaches eg Marple survey and consultation completed with community input, Cheadle surveyed in-house

31 Planning process Flags significance of building at early point in process Provides an opportunity to ensure options are considered Mixed success….however very effective where alterations are proposed or impact of new development upon setting LDF policies revised & strengthened to protect local heritage assets

32 Summary / conclusions Use of consultants – advantages/disadvantages Key importance of consultation/engagement at the right time – developing a positive dialogue Can take a long time – selective geographical coverage advisable Conservation Strategy – key to getting political support / momentum

33 Paul Hartley – Conservation Manager, Stockport Council Tel


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