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15th Aug, 2022

Lutterworth heritage assets preserved for future generations

HISTORICALLY significant buildings in the Lutterworth area are among heritage assets to be preserved for future generations by Harborough District Council.

Waller Bedingfield’s House in Bitteswell Road, The Red Arrow Pub, and The Old Rectory in Misterton have been added to the council’s list of ‘non-designated heritage assets’ deemed worthy of protection due to their historic, architectural or archaeological interest.

Waller Bedingfield’s House was built, and lived in, by Waller Bedingfield, a prominent local and nationally recognised architect.

His notable works include helping to design Lutterworth Memorial Gardens, and the former Goddard Plate Powder factory (1932) in Leicester, which is grade II listed for its Art Deco design.

The Red Arrow Pub was built as the ‘Flying Saucer’ and the original advertisement shows a model of a flying saucer as part of the sign. The name was later changed to the Red Arrow.

The Old Rectory is a 1840s rectory associated with the adjacent Church of St Leonard and the settlement of Misterton.

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “While not an exhaustive list, the assets identified so far play an essential role in building and reinforcing the sense of historic character and distinctiveness of the district.

“By identifying and protecting these assets, we are in a stronger position to preserve them for future generations through, for example, the Local Plan or planning applications. Thank you to everyone who helped us compile this list.”

A non-designated heritage list is a way for the council and communities to identify and celebrate historic buildings, archaeological sites and designed landscapes which are not included among Harborough District’s ‘designated heritage assets’ – such as listed buildings or historic parks and gardens.

Once identified, assets are scored and if they meet the criteria, they are included on the council’s Local List of non-designated heritage assets which, as well as helping to preserve them for the future, can attract tourism, business and investment.

Last year, the council launched a public consultation asking people to nominate assets for inclusion in the list. Assets can also be identified through Conservation Area Appraisals or Neighbourhood Planning.

Email planningpolicy@harborough.gov.uk to nominate a site or building for future inclusion in the list.

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