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Consultation Process

We have introduced the consultation process to make designation more open and transparent. This process allows us to consult the applicant, owner and local planning authority while assessing the application.

A restored Baptist Chapel
Exterior view of restored 18th century Baptist chapel at Goodshaw, Lancashire, listed at Grade II*

How the process works

The key stages of the consultation process are set out below.

When we receive an application we notify the owner and local planning authority of it. At this stage owners and the local planning authority can forward on to us any further information or comments they might have on the special architectural and historic interest of the building; or the national importance of a site or monument for scheduling applications. This will help us with the assessment.

Once we have completed our research, and possibly a site visit, to find out more about the proposed candidate for designation we will put together an initial report which will be sent out to the owner, applicant and local planning authority for consultation. 

The initial report sets out the history and background information about the heritage asset proposed for designation, and will form the basis for our assessment about whether it has special interest or is of national importance.

  • Consultees will be asked to send in their responses within 21 days from the date of the consultation letter. Guidance to help you draft your response can be found under Related Documents at the bottom of this page. 
  • It is important to note that we can only consider comments on the special architectural or historic interest of a building; or the national importance of a site or monument being considered for scheduling.
  • Owners using planning consultants to assist them may want to take this deadline into consideration.

We will then consider all representations made before finalising our recommendation. The decision on whether to list is taken by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Although we will follow this process in the majority of cases, if it can be demonstrated that the heritage asset is at substantial risk of imminent damage or destruction, then we may choose not to notify or consult the owner or local authority.

Interior view of a first floor room in the Keep at Portchester Castle, Hampshire.
Interior view of a first floor room in the Keep at Portchester Castle, Hampshire

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