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Community engagement in planning policy is one of the main ways local people can have their say in how development is managed in their area. The council is also required by law to allow local residents to read and comment on new local planning documents before they can be adopted. Therefore, the council consults on and communicates important information in the preparation of them.

St Helens Locally Listed Heritage Assets - Nomination Consultation

The borough of St Helens boasts a varied and unique built environment, based upon its history connected with the railways, mining, glass and other industries.

While many of these unique buildings and structures within the borough are recognised nationally (for example, listed buildings, scheduled monuments, registered historic parks and gardens and registered battlefields), there are many buildings and structures throughout the borough that are of local interest, but may not meet the criteria for statutory designation however merit local protection.

Following the adoption of the St Helens Borough Local Plan up to 2037 (Local Plan) in July 2022, St Helens Borough Council has adopted and is in the process of producing a number of new Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs), which provide further details and guidance on the interpretation and implementation of policies within the Local Plan.

The current 'List of Locally Important Buildings' SPD is over 12 years old and therefore officers are in the process of updating this SPD to ensure the guidance is up to date and relevant to the current heritage policies within the Local Plan. Once adopted, the SPD will carry full weight as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

Alongside updating the current SPD, officers are also in the process of developing a list of buildings and structures of local interest, that will sit alongside the SPD as a 'living' document which will be updated on a regular basis. The purpose of this is to identify and highlight as many locally important buildings, structures, and sites as possible, and for them to be given the appropriate level of consideration in planning decisions. Whilst the inclusion of a building or structure on the list in most cases does not interfere with the owner's ability to manage the building or structure, it will help raise awareness of its significance.

Officers have identified more than 200 buildings and structures which we consider to be of local interest, however, we would welcome further nominations from members of the public, local heritage/civic groups and other interested parties.

What are we looking for?

Any building or structure of some significant historical or architectural interest can potentially be added to the list, particularly if it can be shown that it contributes to the character of an area and is valued by local people.

We would be particularly interested to hear of buildings and structures which are:

  • substantially unaltered and retain the majority of their original features
  • of local architectural value and include design qualities typical of the local area
  • surviving examples of buildings/structures illustrating local architectural history or design and buildings associated with local historic events, strong community or socio-economic development significance (e.g. schools), people, locally or nationally important architects, engineers or designers
  • individual buildings or groups of buildings which contribute positively to the local area - for example, key landmark buildings, notable buildings on important routes into the area, which create a vista or contribute to the skyline.

Nominations can be made via the Locally Listed Heritage Asset Nomination form, with hard copies available from St Helens Town Hall main reception and all council libraries within the borough. Any nominations received will be assessed by a review panel in due course.

The Nominee Consultation will take place for four weeks, running from Thursday 11 July 2024 until Thursday 8 August 2024. Officers cannot guarantee that any nominations submitted after the deadline will be considered as part of this exercise. However, nominations that miss this deadline will be stored for use when we next review and update the local list.

Consultation on the updated 'Locally Listed Heritage Assets' SPD will be undertaken in due course.

If you require any help in completing the Locally Listed Heritage Asset Nomination form, then please contact a member of the Development Plans team by telephone on 01744 676190, or by email at


Latest News 

April 2024

At the Council Cabinet meeting on 24 April 2024, having taken into account the representations received during earlier consultation drafts, St Helens Borough Council formally adopted the following Supplementary Planning Documents.

· Design Supplementary Planning Document (PDF) [46MB]

· Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document (PDF) [3MB]

· Open Space Provision and Enhancements Supplementary Planning Document (PDF) [1MB]

· Transport and Travel Supplementary Planning Document (PDF) [5MB]

The Design SPD will replace the 'Design Guidance' SPD (2007) and the 'New Residential Development' SPD (2010). The Transport and Travel SPD will replace the 'Ensuring a Choice of Travel' SPD (2010), 'Guidance Note for Travel Plans' (2016) and 'Guidance Notes for the Submission of Transport Assessments' (2016). As both the Developer Contributions and Open Space Provision and Enhancement SPDs are new documents, neither will be replacing any existing SPDs.

The SPDs will be used to inform decisions on land use planning in St Helens and are 'material considerations' in the decision making process, supporting the planning policies of the adopted Local Plan.

· Adoption Statement (PDF) [112KB]

· Consultation Statement (PDF) [1MB]

· List of Consultees (PDF) [147KB]

The proposals came into operation on 24 April 2024. Any person aggrieved by the SPDs may apply to the High Court for permission to apply for judicial review of the decision to adopt the SPDs. Such an application must be made promptly and in any event not later than three months after the date on which the SPD was adopted.

March 2024

The Call for Sites submission consultation is now closed. However, interested parties can still submit sites by emailing a Call for Sites Form and a location plan to or by posting them to the following address: Planning Policy team, Development Plans, Development & Growth, Place Services, St Helens Borough Council, PO Box 512, St Helens, WA10 9JX.

Call for Sites Form (Word doc) [222KB] (opens new window)

Call for Sites Guidance Notes (PDF) [218KB] (opens new window)

Please note, any Green Belt sites submitted will not be assessed at this time. The council is specifically looking for brownfield or greenfield sites within the urban areas, and submissions will likely not be considered as part of the 2024 SHLAA but will be stored for use when we next prepare a relevant Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), study or Local Plan.

The council will give due consideration to all sites put forward, but they will be assessed against planning policy and other relevant planning considerations. Submitting details of a particular site does not guarantee that the council will include the site in the SHLAA and the council's housing supply. Furthermore, should a site be included in the council's updated SHLAA, its inclusion does NOT mean that the council will automatically approve future development through a planning application.

December 2023 

Both Rainford Parish Council and Windle Parish Council as the relevant bodies have had their applications to designate their parish areas as Neighbourhood Area's for the purposes of neighbourhood planning approved by St Helens Borough Council. This is the first step in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan, which once 'made' will become part of Development Plan (along with the Local Plan and any other relevant documents).   

Rainford Neighbourhood Area 

  Rainford PC Neighbourhood Area designation application (PDF) [191KB] (opens new window)
  Rainford PC Designation area map (PDF) [803KB] (opens new window)

Windle Neighbourhood Area 

Windle PC Neighbourhood Designation App form (PDF) [106KB] (opens new window)
Windle PC Neighbourhood Designation Area Map (PDF) [2MB] (opens new window)

Further information on Neighbourhood Planning is available here.

July 2022

The Local Plan was adopted at the council's Full Council meeting on 12 July 2022. 

St Helens Borough Local Plan up to 2037 (PDF) [25MB] (opens new window)
St Helens Borough Policies Map (PDF) [97MB] (opens new window)


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