There are a number of nationally protected heritage assets in the Borough which include historic assets such as St Nicholas Church, Laindon and Norsey Woods, Billericay; and also more modern examples such as the Mother and Child Fountain in the town square, Basildon. However there are likely to be assets that do not make the national listings, but which are still significant to local people and should be recognised for their local contribution.
The Planning Practice Guidance defines local heritage assets as buildings, monuments, sites, places, areas or landscapes identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions but which are not formally designated heritage assets (18a-039-20140306).
During June and July 2015 Basildon Council invited members of the public to nominate assets they think should be included on a Local List of Heritage Assets and received a large number of nominations in response. We would like to thank everyone who made a nomination.
The Council is now in the process of assessing each nomination and compiling the Local List. Once published the Local List of Heritage Assets will be used to inform the emerging Local Plan which will look to conserve important environmental assets including buildings and areas of heritage importance. The Local List will also become a material consideration when the Council determines planning applications.