Our Place BishopstonInterested in the history and architecture of your area? Join other volunteers in learning how to record the important landmarks and features of our neighbourhood so that we can draw up an ‘Our Place’ plan which can be used to protect and enhance Bishopston's heritage.

As part of the Neighbourhood Community Festival (May 3rd - 10th) the Bishopston Society is organising a local event: an 'Our Place' survey. This will be led by Pete Insole, the creator and developer of the Bristol history interactive website, 'Know Your Place'. Pete has already successfully led similar 'Our Place' surveys in other neighbourhoods of Bristol, including Westbury and Lockleaze.

The event will run from 10 am to 1 pm on the morning of May 7th. We will meet up for an initial briefing at the Quakers' Meeting House on Gloucester Road at 10 am. The Bishopston Society and Pete need to know how many people are interested in taking part in this survey. If you would like to join us to help in the survey, please contact Pete Insole direct at: . It would be helpful to us if you could also contact our secretary by email here: TBS secretary

Background information on the 'Our Place' Project
The Our Place project was designed and managed by the Bristol Historic Environment Record (HER) within the City Council’s City Design Group. The project was funded by English Heritage and was run in partnership with Richard Guise and James Webb of Context4D. 'Our Place' aimed to test a model approach that enables communities to identify and map the character of their local area. To achieve this, a series of mapping events was programmed in a variety of locations and with diverse communities. The project also aimed to develop methodologies for capacity building within neighbourhoods and how these skills can be shared more widely. The project promoted an approach where local understanding of character and wide community engagement is thoroughly embedded in any neighbourhood planning or design process.

At the end of each mapping event an ‘Our Place’ document defining the character of the area was produced. These documents were published in draft form on the Design Bristol ning social media site http://designbristol.ning.com/ and comments invited by the wider community. Each mapping process also identified assets of heritage value and promoted nominations to Bristol’s Local List. From January 2013, the ‘Know Your Place’ resource has become the primary tool for creating a Local List for Bristol. Members of the public are able to use the website to nominate entries to the List and comment on nominations.

A Local List of 'non-designated heritage assets' is being put together in response to local concerns about the loss of much-loved elements of the local landscape, such as local pubs, former chapels and industrial buildings. These help to reinforce the local identity of a place, can often make them more attractive for investment and generally make them better places to live and work. A Local List will help to highlight those places which local communities feel to be worthy of preserving when it comes to drawing up Neighbourhood Plans or when planning applications for specific sites are being considered.
What are non-designated heritage assets? As is suggested by the name, these are assets that are not protected in law as Listed Buildings, Scheduled Ancient Monuments or through their location within Conservation Areas. Heritage assets are defined in the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) as:
A building, monument, site, place, area or landscape identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions, because of its heritage interest. Heritage asset includes designated heritage assets and assets identified by the local planning authority (including local listing).

These assets must be taken into account in determining a planning application (National Planning Policy Framework, paragraph 135) but clearly do not carry as much weight as a designated heritage asset. Nevertheless, they are important considerations in terms of the contribution they make to local distinctiveness and their potential importance to the local community.

How will potential buildings and sites be assessed?
A number of criteria will be used to assess whether potential candidates are suitable for inclusion on the Local List. These criteria have been refined in the light of responses received during public consultation. They have been based upon the themes:
Architectural interest
Historic importance
Artistic interest
Archaeological interest
Community value
In addition, other factors such as the rarity of the building or site and its completeness will be taken into account.

More information on Local Heritage Listing can be found at: English Heritage document