Japanese Garden at the New House, Oxfordshire
Japanese Garden at the New House, Oxfordshire. Registered at Grade II*. NHLE List entry 1408334 © Historic England DP138639
Japanese Garden at the New House, Oxfordshire. Registered at Grade II*. NHLE List entry 1408334 © Historic England DP138639

Listing Priorities

One of the measures we apply when deciding whether to take a listing, scheduling, registration or protection application forward is whether or not the application fits into our programme of strategic work. Our priorities are defined by our Corporate Plan.

Our planned programme of work includes the following key areas:

  • Heritage Action Zones
  • Disposal of public assets
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Heritage at Risk
  • Infrastructure
  • Places of Worship
  • Parks and Gardens

If the building or site you wish to apply for does not fall within one of our strategic priorities, we offer three paid for services:

What are our current national projects?

Heritage Action Zones

Heritage Action Zones (HAZs) are a national initiative whose aim is to breathe new life into old places that are rich in heritage and full of promise - unlocking their potential and making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors. Through this initiative we are looking at updating List entries on the National Heritage List for England.

Post-war landscapes

In partnership with The Gardens Trust, we worked on a project from 2017-2020 looking at post-war designed landscapes – an asset type often under threat – to identify candidates for registration. Through a crowd-sourcing exercise, we identified 20-30 candidates representing a range of landscape types, from cemeteries to housing estates, private gardens to public parks, and assessed them over the course of three years. As part of this work, we have also considered sites that are already registered in order to highlight this area of designation more clearly, including much older designed landscapes which have distinctive post-1945 contributions.

Take a look at our post-war landscapes gallery

Quaker meeting houses

This project will improve the representation of Nonconformist places of worship on The List, and will be based on an up-to-date and robust understanding of this building type.

In partnership with the Religious Society of Friends  we commissioned a national survey of Quaker meeting houses in use or still in Quaker ownership in Great Britain. 11 Quaker Meeting Houses have recently been listed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and a further 6 have been upgraded.

Read about the new listings

We are now starting work on the second phase of this project, which will look at amending and updating the List entries for about 70 already listed Meeting Houses. This will support their future management by providing clear, up-to-date List entries – many of which are over 30 years old.

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