North East Lincolnshire Council

Heritage and conservation

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A closer look at the work involved in preserving our historic environment

North East Lincolnshire has a rich and diverse historic environment.  Evidence of this can be seen through both the built and buried landscape but it is also visible in local culture and tradition.

This page includes information on the following:

The principal source of information about our local historic environment is the Historic Environment Record (HER). This is a computerised inventory of known archaeological sites, historic buildings, monuments and other local historic assets.

The record covers the unitary authority of North East Lincolnshire which contains the towns of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham as well as the surrounding villages. There is no period cut-off, assets of any period can be added to the record, although most post 1946 records relate to buildings of particular historic or architectural interest and memorials to historic events. The main use of the record is for heritage management, through the National Planning Policy Frameworks and various planning and heritage acts, however it is also used by private and academic researchers and members of the public.

Information from the record can be accessed by contacting the Planning Service who will usually send information out by email or by post, however desk space for research can be arranged onsite if it is necessary. There is no charge for information or searches of the record for any of its users. In addition some mapping can be found on the Council’s interactive mapping service Find My Nearest.

As well as sites recorded on the HER, some archaeological sites are of national significance. These are commonly referred to as Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAM’s); and are protected from damage, development and alteration under the Ancient Monuments and Areas Act 1979.

The HER also contains information on nationally Listed Buildings and Registered Parks in our area. Alternatively, information on these designated sites can be found through English Heritage’s searchable database on the Historic England website.

Part of the core duties of the Archaeological Officer is to advise on planning applications and pre-application discussions.

If you are planning on submitting a planning application in one of North East Lincolnshire’s historic settlements or are planning a major development anywhere in the area then please contact the Archaeological Officer for advice on dealing with archaeological issues.

There are currently 28 archaeological areas based upon the historic cores of settlements within North East Lincolnshire. These areas represent medieval and post medieval nucleated settlements, often with earlier origins, that are likely to be effected by development and construction. In addition to these there are areas related to the Borough’s numerous farmsteads, archaeological sites in rural, agricultural and horticultural areas and large designed landscapes such as landscape parks.

The main purpose of the areas is to ensure planners and developers understand which developments may require some form of input from the Archaeological Officer, with a secondary role in the settlement cores of describing the expected nature of archaeological deposits and the most likely mitigation required for certain developments.

Some heritage assets, be they archaeological sites, historic buildings, shipwrecks, parks, formal gardens or battlefields, are considered to be of national importance. Therefore there is tight control over alterations or destruction of these sites.

In North East Lincolnshire we have [last updated 15.04.16]:

  • Listed Buildings (222)
  • Scheduled Monuments (11)
  • Registered Park and Garden (1)

The statutory, or legal, descriptions and information about these sites can be found on Historic England’s National Heritage list.

Listed Buildings

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is a listed building?
A ‘listed building’ is a building, object or structure that has been judged to be of national or even international importance in terms of architectural or historic interest.

Who decides which buildings are included?
Anyone can propose a building to be included as part of the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. However, the ultimate decision lies with the Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), under the provisions of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

What does the ‘list’ include?
The list includes a wide variety of structures, from castles and cathedrals to milestones and water pumps.

How are the entry’s graded?
“Principles of Selection for Listed Buildings”, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2010, is the criteria used to grade entries according to their significance.

• Grade I – exceptional interest. 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I
• Grade II* – more than special interest. 5.5% of listed buildings are Grade II*
• Grade II – special interest. 92% of all listed buildings are Grade II

What is the extent of the protection?
The whole of any principal building is listed, including the interior. Objects, structures and buildings affixed to a listed building, or within its curtilage may also be protected by listing. A list description may only describe a single elevation of a building but is used purely for identification purposes. Simply because the interior of a building is not mentioned in its list description does not mean it is not protected.

What is curtilage?
In general, any pre-1948 structure that formed part of the land and was in the curtilage of the principal listed building at the date of listing and is ancillary to the principal building is considered to be part of the listing.

How does listing protect the building?
The law requires Listed Building Consent to be applied for and approved by the Local Authority before carrying out any works to alter or demolish the building in a way that will effect it character as a building of special architectural or historic interest.

When is an offence committed?
It is a criminal offence not to seek consent when it is required.

Can I undertake any works to a listed building?
Each listed building is different therefore it can be very difficult to define what works require Listed Building Consent. In all cases, we suggest you take advice from the Council Conservation Officer. Advice relating to Listed Building Consent is free.

(Any works which affects the buildings special interest requires Listed Building Consent. This can include; removal of interior features such as fireplaces, staircases, fitted cupboards, original cornices, joinery, floor boards and tiles, etc; making new openings in walls, removing walls, subdividing rooms, replacing windows and doors or roof coverings. This is not an exhaustive list and is an indication only.)

What about repairs?
Repairs must be carried out carefully using appropriate materials and techniques. You may be asked for a specification to ensure the methods and materials proposed are appropriate. The method and scale of works proposed will inform the Council’s decision to whether or not it requires Listed Building Consent. Due to the potential complexity of arranging works to a Listed Building it advisable to employ conservation accredited professionals.

What are the consequences? 
A person who is guilty of an offence under section 9(4) shall be liable –

• on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding £20,000, or both; or
• on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine, or both

What if I was unaware that the building was listed?
Not knowing a building is listed is not a defence. This again highlights the importance of discussing any proposal with us prior to works being carried out.

I have already contacted the Council
Listed Building Consent is not the same as Planning Permission or Building Regulations Approval. Even though you may have obtained other permissions and approvals, if the work requires Listed Building Consent you cannot carry out works until Listed Building Consent is obtained. To obtain this you will need to contact the Council’s Conservation Officer.

Scheduled Monuments

Scheduled Monuments are nationally and internationally important archaeological sites which are protected from unauthorised damaged and development by the Ancient Monuments and Areas Act 1979.

North East Lincolnshire has 11 scheduled monuments (also known as Scheduled Ancient Monuments or SAMs), one of which crosses county boarders and is shared with West Lindsey.

Before carrying out any work to a Scheduled Monument you will need to contact Historic England directly, information is available on the following website:

Registered Parks and Gardens

The “Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England ” is similar to the “List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest” but applies to parks and gardens rather than structures.

The register is compiled and maintained by English Heritage according to the National Heritage Act 1983. There is only one registered park within North East Lincolnshire. This is Grade II* Peoples Park, Grimsby.

Conservation areas are declared by the Local Authority for those areas which possess ‘special interest’, the ‘character and appearance’ of which is desirable to ‘preserve and enhance’. They represent a familiar and often cherished local scene thus have greater protection against undesirable changes. In North East Lincolnshire we have 17 Conservation Areas.

An Article 4 Direction is a tool used by the Local Authority to restrict permitted development rights for selected properties. They are used to control works that could threaten the character of an area of acknowledged importance, such as a conservation area. In North East Lincolnshire we have six Article 4 Directions, five of these are with conservation areas, the sixth is on a Local List Asset.

A brief summary of each of these areas can be found below:

Bradford Avenue Conservation Area, Cleethorpes
Declared: 1976
Area: 3.2 hectares

The following buildings are covered by an article 4 direction:
10-38 (evens), 11-33 (odds), 48-80 (evens), 90-98 (evens), 53-75 (odds).

Central Grimsby Conservation area, Grimsby
Declared: 1990, extended in 1993 and 2016
Area: 16.21 hectares

Cleethorpes Central Seafront Conservation Area
Declared: 1976, extended in 1998 and 2014
Area: 18.7 hectares

Central Cleethorpes Seafront Conservation Area Appraisal management plan for public consultation (PDF)

Cottagers Plot Conservation Area, Laceby
Declared: 1977
Area: 7.4 hectares

Great Coates Conservation Area, Grimsby
Declared: 1972, extended in 1993
Area: 50.3 hectares

The following buildings are covered by an article 4 direction:
3-17 (odd) The Avenue, 6-10 (even) The Avenue, 15-22 (consecutive) Cooks Lane, Manor House Cooks Lane, Midfield House Cooks Lane.

Holme Hill Conservation Area, Grimsby
Declared: 2009
Area: 5.8 hectares

Humberston Conservation Area
Declared: 1976
Area: 12.18 hectares

Humberston Fitties Conservation Area
Declared: 1996
Area: 25.8 hectares

The following buildings are covered by an article 4 direction:
All buildings with the exception of Chalets: 1, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 163, 179, 227b, 228a, 228b, 229a, 229b, 260, 302, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 310, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 318, 319, 321, 323, 323b, 325

Chalet Design Guide

Irby upon Humber Conservation Area
Declared: 2009
Area: 25.5 hectares

The Kasbah Conservation Area, Grimsby
Declared: 2017
Area: 2.44 hectares

Laceby Conservation Area
Declared: 1977
Area: 5.6 hectares

Mill Road Conservation Area, Cleethorpes
Declared: 1976
Area: 4.5 hectares

The following buildings are covered by an article 4 direction:
Mill Road, Cleethorpes: 76-90 (even), 95 & 97, 112, 118-124 (even), 123 & 125, 130-136 (even), 131, 135, 143-153 (odd), 161-165 (odd), 175, The Mount, The Rookery.

Old Clee Conservation Area, Grimsby
Declared: 1972, extended in 1984
Area: 13.3 hectares

Scartho Conservation Area, Grimsby
Declared: 1972, extended in 1993 & 2009
Area: 43.8 hectares

Victoria Mills Conservation Area, Grimsby
Declared: 1990
Area: 5.1 hectares

Waltham Conservation Area
Declared: 1976, altered in 2015.
Area: 10.23 hectares

Wellow Conservation Area, Grimsby
Declared: 1972, extended in 1993, 2009 and 2016
Area: 84.78 hectares.

46 St Peter’s Avenue
Subject to an Article 4 Direction which removes the right to demolish the building without planning permission.

Further information and maps of each of the Conservation Areas are available to download below.

By law, planning applications affecting a heritage asset or its setting must be accompanied by a heritage assessment. The level of detail included should be proportionate to the asset’s importance and no more than is sufficient to understand the impact of the proposal on its significance. As a minimum, the Historic Environment Record (HER), held by North East Lincolnshire Council, must be consulted.

Heritage assets include, but are not exclusive to:

  • Listed Buildings
  • Conservation Areas
  • Registered Parks and Gardens
  • Scheduled Monuments
  • Undesignated Archaeological Monuments, Sites and Areas
  • Locally Listed Buildings, Structures and Sites
  • Historic farm buildings and complexes
  • Historic shop fronts
  • Undesignated heritage assets (buildings of historic interest but not included in any of the above)

A Heritage Statement should include:

  • Introduction
  • Brief description of the site and its context (informed by the HER)
  • Assessment of significance
  • Brief description of the proposal and any justification
  • Assessment of Impact
  • Conclusion

A more detailed document ‘Heritage Assessment Guidance’ is available below from the related documents section.

Local Lists differ from National Designations in that they act simply as points of reference, and usually cover assets of lesser importance. Local Listing does not impose any restrictions upon a historic asset, nor does it give additional protection from harm.

The intention behind compiling Local Lists is to raise awareness of the importance of the assets covered and provide information to developers, planners and the public. The Local Lists provide an important middle ground between the extensive Historic Environment Record, which attempts to record all historic assets whether of special interest or not, and the National Designations which have strict criteria and must be of national interest.

Local Lists are adopted by the Council through the Cabinet and are a material planning consideration.

At present Local Lists exist for:

  • Great Grimsby
  • Villages of Grimsby (including Clee with Weelsby, Great Coates, Little Coates and Scartho)
  • Cleethorpes
  • Immingham and the villages (including Ashby cum Fenby, Aylesby, Barnoldby le Beck, Beelsby, Bradley, East and West Ravendale, Habrough, Hatcliffe, Hawerby cum Beesby, Healing, Humberston, Immingham, Irby upon Humber, Laceby, Stallingborough, Waltham and Wold Newton)

Full lists are available below in the related documents section.

Discover Cleethorpes Heritage is a four year Townscape Heritage (TH) programme launched in 2018. The scheme is supported by £1.9m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £1m from North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC). This investment will help to breathe new life into historic buildings and public realm within the Cleethorpes Central Seafront Conservation Area by offering;

  • An opportunity for historic building owners/occupiers to apply for generous grants to repair their properties, allowing historic details, like shop front, iron balconies and windows to be repaired or reinstated
  • Improvements to some public areas
  • An opportunity for students, building owners and contractors to learn traditional building conservation skills
  • A chance to learn about the history of the area, through local exhibitions, guided tours and volunteering opportunities

For more information about the scheme, visit:

Related downloads

Planning Service – Historic Development, New Oxford House, 2 George Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HB


Telephone: 01472 326289 – option 1

Opening times: Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm except bank holidays

Council for British Archaeology

Conservation Register – Finding an appropriately qualified and experienced conservation accredited professional

Heritage Gateway

Historic England – General advice

Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)

Institute of field Archaeologists

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) -Technical Questions and Answers – The repair of historic buildings

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)