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June 2010

Local Listing & Conservation Areas
Updated October 2013

Most people are familiar with Listed Buildings. They are buildings which are judged to have significant historical or architectural merit, placed on a national register, and receive valuable added protection from inappropriate alteration. But the criteria for listing are strict and the more recent a building the more difficult it is to achieve listing. So, although Horsham has many Listed Buildings most are of medieval origin, and despite the importance of our Victorian buildings to the streetscene none in the town are Listed.

In November 2009 The Society published proposals for a local listing scheme along the lines of many others across the country to draw attention to individual buildings which, although not qualifying for national listing, are important and worthy of protection. The document also included proposals for five new Conservation Areas to complement the three the town already has.  To download this document in PDF format click here.

We are very pleased to report that Horsham District Council has now approved the Local List for Horsham town based on our original proposals.  Click here to view a copy.

After discussion with the Councils Design and Conservation Officer, in June 2012 we submitted a further proposal for a new conservation area for North Street. Click here to view a copy. We have recently agreed to take the project to the next step, through the Horsham Blueprint Neighbourhood Forum, to prepare a draft conservation area assessment which will form the basis for public consultation.

The Society is currently consulting on potential additions to the Local List.