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South Yorkshire citizens urged to nominate community sites for local heritage list

80 buildings and sites have already been nominated for a new scheme that will offer greater protection in the planning system.

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Attercliffe Library has been nominated for the list.

Sheffield City Council.

Citizens across South Yorkshire are being asked to nominate heritage sites where they live for inclusion on the region's new Local Heritage List.

Inclusion on the list will give greater protection to buildings and other sites that aren't currently protected by Historic England's nationwide listing scheme.

According to Sheffield City Council, "inclusion on the Local Heritage List can allow the more local significance of a building, place or site to be taken into account in planning decisions that affect it or its setting."

The Council have now approved the process for adding sites to the list, meaning the South Yorkshire Archaeology Service, which runs the project, can start looking at the 80 nominations submitted so far by groups and members of the public.

These include Loxley Cemetery, Attercliffe Library and Tinsley's Carnegie Library. Members of the public can nominate new sites for the list online.

Protecting Sheffield's heritage has been a contentious issue, with a long-running controversy over plans to demolish the 1827 former home of second-hand bookshop Rare & Racy. In 2019 the Council cancelled a proposed consultation on whether to create a conservation area in Castlegate – to date they have not provided a reason why.

Heritage campaigners hope that the new list marks a shift in emphasis towards protection of the city's built environment, including its industrial legacy.

"We're delighted to support local listing because it adds some much-needed protection for the places that we love, but it does more than that," said Robin Hughes of Joined Up Heritage Sheffield.

"If we look after our historic environment that's good for our health and wellbeing, and it boosts the local economy as well... it's a great way for the people of Sheffield to share what they know about their city."

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