This page contains important information about making a designation application between January and March 2011.
In early 2011 English Heritage will be launching the Heritage List for England, a fully searchable database of all nationally designated assets, from buildings to battlefields. This will be the first time that such information has been made available online and it will be accessible via the English Heritage website and Heritage Gateway.
In order to ensure that the Heritage List will be up and running in early 2011, a rigorous testing programme is underway and we are undertaking a huge project to ensure that as much legacy data from the old, separate databases (containing listing, scheduling, parks and gardens, battlefields and wrecks records) can be transferred to the new, single Heritage List.
Much of our current resources will be taken up during the changeover period and in order to manage our casework load it will not be possible to process non-urgent designation applications for a short period of time whilst the data is being transferred.
Additionally from 1 January until 31 March 2011 we will only be giving priority to urgent cases, that is, those cases that are under real threat of demolition or are subject to a live planning application, or other consent application, the implementation of which may affect the national significance of the asset.
Applications that are not urgent are unlikely to be progressed until after 31 March 2011 and you may wish to defer the submission of your application form until April 2011. All applications to designate an asset should be made via the new online application form on the English Heritage website.
For further information on the changes taking place please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.