Some buildings are of heritage value, but aren’t listed by English Heritage. They are of a specific local value, retaining the character of an area or an important part of community history. Often, these properties become Locally Listed by the council, identifying their value and grading them accordingly.
Grade A: These buildings are so highly valued that the Secretary of State will be involved and a Building Preservation Notice can be served if they are under threat.
Grade B: Structures that are key to the city as a whole, and the council will attempt to preserve them.
Grade C: Buildings which are important to local history.
Local Listing Aims
The aim of Local Listing is to encourage these buildings to be flagged if development takes place. Locally Listed buildings will be considered in planning applications, and although this listing status doesn’t offer any formal protection, it can affect construction.
Unfortunately, Locally Listed building aren’t exempt from demolition, and some buildings have been demolished without planning permission.
Which buildings are covered?
Local Listing protects structures of community value, but those structures aren’t always buildings! Birmingham has a wealth of Locally Listed structures, around 441 in 2013. These sites include residential homes, Churches, urinals and a railway viaduct!
Image of The Kingsway, Grade A Locally Listed former cinema in Kings Heath, by Tony Hisgett