Heritage assets

The Heritage Assets Supplementary Planning Document (adopted April 2013) has been produced to provide guidance and information to owners, occupiers, agents, developers and anyone interested in, and to help them care for, Poole’s historic environment. It is a general guide of the sort of things that should be considered when undertaking works to the historic environment. An updated list of locally important Heritage Assets is included as an Appendix to this Supplementary Planning Document.

The new local assets include:

  • locally listed buildings and other features
  • unscheduled ancient monuments
  • known archaeological sites and areas of archaeological significance
  • historic landscapes, landscape features
  • locally significant parks and gardens
  • locally produced artefacts (pottery plaques, statues, and similar)

Inclusion on a local list does not affect planning rights. Any permitted development rights or deemed consents remain unchanged. In addition, the document has been expanded to give a comprehensive, holistic view of the historic environment in Poole, and what makes Poole special.

Listed buildings

We have over 200 listed buildings in Poole that are considered to have special architectural or historic interest. Listed buildings are graded as follows:

  • Grade I: These are buildings of exceptional importance
  • Grade II*: These are particularly important buildings of more than special interest
  • Grade II: These are buildings of special interest, which warrant every effort being made to preserve them

Formal Listed Building Consent from the council is required for any works that would affect the special character of a listed building including alterations, extensions and demolition. Alterations requiring consent will relate to the interior and the exterior as well as outbuildings and curtilage buildings which pre-date 1948. It is a criminal offence to alter a Listed Building without consent, though applications can be made retrospectively, consent may not be necessarily granted.

There is a presumption that works to listed buildings will preserve all historic fabric of value against any demolition. The special architectural or historic interest of any structures must be taken into account when an application is made for Listed Building Consent.

Key sources for heritage information

In order to identify, describe and assess the particular significance of any heritage asset that may be affected by development proposals (including any contribution made by their setting) it may be necessary to consult various public records for historic maps, photographs and other documents and those available on the internet, including:

Key sources for maintenance and repair of traditional buildings information

Maintenance and repair of historic buildings is an ongoing activity that can be costly and difficult to plan if it is not managed and undertaken on a regular basis. Economic conditions, changing weather patterns and the impacts of climate change are affecting the way traditional buildings are cared for and managed. Fortunately there is a significant amount of current advice publicly available for property owners and managers:

Contact details


01202 633321

Growth and Infrastructure
BCP Council
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU 

Page last updated: 18 July 2018
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