Call to highlight Colchester’s heritage


Nominations are being sought from local residents to ensure sites of historical interest are legally protected.

Colchester Borough Council is carrying out an annual review of its ‘Local List’ and is asking residents to tell them about buildings or assets that they feel should be included or removed from the current list.

A Local List is a list of heritage assets that, although not suitable for designation nationally as a Listed Building, are considered historically or architecturally important at a local level.

These buildings are valued by the local community and contribute to the character and setting of the Colchester area.  The List currently helps to protect approximately 765 buildings and assets.


Colchester’s rich history is reflected in the diversity of historic sites found throughout the Borough, but not all of these heritage structures currently have legal protection.

The Local List can include a range of historic assets from individual buildings, whole streetscapes or individual features on buildings such as railings, lamp posts or even post boxes.

Any person or group can put forward a building or asset for inclusion on or removal from the Local List. Residents should submit their proposals to the Planning Policy team at the Council, along with any supporting information by Wednesday 28 February 2018.

To learn more about which buildings are on currently on the Colchester Local List (including Wivenhoe) visit the Colchester Historic Buildings Forum.