Development will be resisted on sites which will involve the demolition or alteration of buildings and structures on the Local List. The criteria to be considered in determining a planning application are:
(i) the original design qualities and architectural value of the building to the local area;
(ii) the manner in which the structure or building is illustrative of the local history of the area;
(iii) the way in which the structure or building characterises the local community values;
(iv) the manner in which the building or structure contributes positively to an area through its landmark quality, particularly on an important route within the city, and its contribution to an historic vista or landscape.
Buildings and structures which are not included on the national list maintained by the Secretary of State, but are valued for their contribution to the local scene or for their historic association, are included in a Local List produced by the city council. Southampton possesses a mix of houses, churches, schools, public buildings and public houses, and industrial and commercial structures, which are of significant historical and architectural interest. They contribute positively to the character of an area, and are often valued by local people. The city council therefore wishes to encourage the retention and protection of such structures and buildings on the local list, which may form a part of any development or redevelopment. In appropriate cases, the council will wish to protect such buildings through the imposition of an Article 4 Direction, which will bring certain categories of permitted development within planning control. If the loss of such a building is unable to be resisted because of the lack of statutory listing, then adequate provision must be made to secure the recording of the building or its affected parts.