List of town’s top buildings

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A PROJECT to create a list of Hartlepool buildings and structures of local significance is moving closer to completion after hundreds of sites were put forward for inclusion.

There are around 200 listed buildings throughout the borough which are acknowledged as being of national importance. But at the moment there is no recognition of the sites that are locally notable.

At the end of last year, Hartlepool Borough Council asked people to nominate structures and locations which they thought should be included on the new list – featuring anything from buildings and memorials to pillar boxes and gardens.

A draft list has been prepared – including some nominations put forward by the council’s conservation team – and letters are now being sent out to owners of the 287 properties on the list to make them aware and to ask for their views.

The names of the buildings and structures being proposed for inclusion on the new list will then be published for public consultation later this year.

Sarah Scarr, the council’s landscape planning and conservation manager, said: “We were delighted by the response to our request for nominations – it really captured people’s imaginations and we have received a lot of interesting suggestions.

“Inclusion on this list will not mean that a property will become a ‘Listed Building’ or be subject to greater planning controls. But it will help to give some of the town’s favourite buildings the profile and praise which they deserve.”