For some time the Forum has considered that the Council’s Heritage Assets reference documents, including the “Local List”, were out of date and in need of review. This situation was documented in the East Boldon Neighbourhood Plan (paras 5.14 and 5.22), which also included several suggested ideas for future listing. This matter was also referenced in Community Action 3, in the Neighbourhood Plan.
In summer 2021, the Forum were pleased to hear that South Tyneside Council ( STC ) were to participate in a scheme which included a review of their Local List. Last spring the public and local interest groups were invited by STC to nominate suggestions for additional Local List Heritage Assets, which would then be assessed for suitability by an expert panel of independent judges. As reported at the Forum meeting on 18 July last year, the Forum submitted 12 new nominations for the Local List Review, which were as follows:
- 44-60 Front Street – terrace of 4 shops and a private club, mainly with maisonettes above.
- Garage block, Front Street – 6 garages between Toad Hall and 35 Front Street, originally part of South Farm.
- Church Hall, Boldon URC, Front Street – originally built in 1863, with later extensions to the rear.
- *85-91 Front Street – Edwardian terrace of 4 houses.
- 1-4a St Bedes – corner Edwardian terrace, of mixed commercial uses.
- *1-7 The Terrace – 3 storey terrace containing 5 town houses and 4 flats/maisonettes.
- *1-19 North Lane – Edwardian terrace containing 2 slightly different architectural styles.
- Historic passageways leading from Front Street – 7 characterful passageways leading to South Lane and North Road/Lane.
- 2-13 Bridle Path – semi-detached Edwardian villas, of an unusual design.
- Limekilns, Boldon Golf Course – 19th Century limekilns, adjacent to Boldon Cemetery.
- Limestone boundary walls, North Road – representative of the village’s original boundary walls.
- 35 Front Street – original South Farm.
STC have recently advised that 9 of the 12 new nominations put forward by the Forum, have been accepted by the judging panel – the 3 exceptions being those identified above with an asterisk*.
The Forum are very pleased with the outcome of this review, and the successful nominations assist in achieving partial compliance with Community Action 3, as identified in the East Boldon Neighbourhood Plan.
Further information on the Local List Review process can be found using the following link: https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/17651/Protecting-Heritage-in-South-Tyneside,
A report on the revisions to the Local List will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet on 15 March 2023 – Item 8 on the agenda https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/13613/committee-meeting?a=9090
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