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SHEFFIELD residents are being urged to suggest buildings to be preserved for their “architectural and historic significance”.

The council wants to put together a local list - similar to the national listed building scheme run by English Heritage.

Coun Penny Baker, Sheffield Council cabinet member for housing, regeneration and planning, said: “Sheffield is a very distinctive city and much of that is down to its buildings. Around 1,200 are ‘listed’ due to their national architectural or historical significance, but there are many more locally significant examples that do not meet the strict national criteria.

“What we want is for Sheffield people to nominate their personal hidden gems in the city, buildings that are part of our fabric. This is about Sheffield people having their say and helping to preserve some of the city’s amazing architecture.”

The list will be a formal recognition of buildings and structures valued for the contribution they make to the character of local neighbourhoods or for particular historical associations.

This could include milestones, walls, shelters, bridges or even pillar boxes.

While local listing does not provide any additional legal protection or access to funding, it would be a consideration in the planning process, the council says.

Nationally-listed buildings and those within the city’s 38 Conservation Areas already enjoy a significant degree of protection so will not be eligible, nor will buildings within the Peak District National Park.

Nominations for the Sheffield are being accepted by the council until February 12 2011.

Decisions will be based on five criteria and must meet at least one.

“These are architectural interest, local historical significance, are important in their setting within the city, of important age and rarity, and have not undergone significant alterations.

For more information, email conservation@sheffield.gov.uk or call 0114 2734223.

Paper nomination forms can be obtained from all Firstpoint centres.