Heritage programmes

Heritage at risk

The great majority of listed buildings, structures and monuments in the district are in good condition. However, there are a number of buildings that have fallen into disuse, dereliction and disrepair for a variety of reasons. The Council maintains a register of Buildings at Risk. The aim of this register is to raise awareness of the problems relating to historic buildings at risk to the wider public. It also aims to prompt the owner or members of the public to take action to get these buildings repaired and secure their long-term future.

Rescuing an ‘at risk’ asset can be a complex matter and the officer‐hours spent dealing with such a case may not necessarily result a successful outcome. In some cases the fate of a building can be turned around by changing ownership or finding opportunities for new uses.

Historic England’s guidance ‘Stopping the Rot’ provide useful guidance on bringing buildings back into repair.