Oxford Heritage Asset Register Public Consultation

Closes 31 Dec 2021

Opened 19 Nov 2021


Oxford City Council has worked with Historic England, Oxford Preservation Trust and local communities to develop the Oxford Heritage Asset Register (OHAR).

The Heritage Asset Register identifies what is significant about local features in the historic environment and highlights their aesthetic, communal, architectural, archaeological and historical contribution to Oxford. This is a means of identifying local value and significance within Oxford that have not otherwise been recognised in statutory national historic listings.

Inclusion of a building or place on the Heritage Asset Register places no additional legal requirements or responsibilities on property owners over and above those already required for planning permission or building regulation approval.

It can, however, help to influence planning decisions in a way that conserves and enhances local character. Under the National Planning Policy Framework the conservation and contribution of locally listed heritage assets will be a material consideration that directly affect them or their setting.

A nominated asset must meet all four of the below criteria to be considered for inclusion on the OHAR:

  • They must be capable of meeting the government’s definition of a heritage asset.
  • They must possess heritage interest that can be conserved and enjoyed.
  • They must have a value as heritage for the character and identity of the city, neighbourhood or community because of their heritage interest beyond personal or family connections, or the interest of individual property owners.
  • They must have a level of significance that is greater than the general positive identified character of the local area.

To view the OHAR nominations for 2021 please see the list of related documents at the bottom of this page or click here to browse OHAR candidates on our webite. 

More information on Oxford’s Heritage Asset Register can be found on our website at: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20196/oxford_heritage_asset_register/874/oxford_heritage_asset_register_-_overview 

Why your views matter

We want to hear your views on the OHAR nominations that have been proposed for inclusion on the City’s Heritage Assets Register for 2021. Please note, this consultation is only for the nominations for the upcoming OHAR list, not for existing adopted OHAR assets.


  • General Public


  • Planning Services