Arts & Culture Environment

City Council to consult with the public on Oxford Heritage

By John Charlton

Oxford City Council is consulting on possible new additions to the Oxford Heritage Asset Register (OHAR) and would like to receive comments from members of the public.

Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Board Member for Planning and Regulatory Services, said: “Oxford is rightly famous for its buildings and places, many of which are recognised and protected already. But just as important are buildings of local significance, places that mean something to us locally but which don’t meet the criteria to be listed. This consultation asks for your views on the latest suggestions from the public of Oxford for what should be added to our local register.”

The City Council established the Oxford Heritage Asset Register, with funding from English Heritage, the Oxford Preservation Trust and local communities. It seeks to help understand what makes Oxford such a special place by identifying buildings, places and features that are not statutorily protected but which are considered to be important because of their historic, architectural, archaeological or artistic interest.

By identifying what is special about different parts of the city and particularly heritage assets, the council can better protect and manage them through planning policies and planning decisions. A number of buildings, sites and structures have been nominated and the council is now consulting on these potential heritage assets.

Inclusion of a building or place on the register places no additional legal requirements or responsibilities on property owners over and above those already required for planning permission or building regulation approval. It can however, help to influence planning decisions in a way that conserves and enhances local character.

The consultation period starts on 29 January and ends on 26 February. For more information visit: www.oxford.gov.uk/heritageregister