September 2023

Public Houses, Hotels and Clubs (current and former)

Draft local list selection criteria:

Historic assets of importance to the locality or region for the interest of their design, decoration or craftsmanship, including well-preserved examples of locally representative building types or styles, or locally distinctive techniques of construction or use of materials.

Historic assets of all types which illustrate important aspects of the past life of the region or locality, particularly its social, economic, or cultural history.

Historic assets of all types which have close historical association with people, events or movements important to the region or locality. Key works by distinguished or notable architects.

(a) Buildings which contribute significantly to townscape appearance e.g., pubs, churches, factories, cinemas, banks, etc.

(b) Buildings that are a focal point of social or visual interest e.g., prominent corner sites.

Historic assets of all types which have a clear visual, design or historical relationship, or which make a positive contribution to the setting of other historic assets, or to the character of a settlement.

(a)  Groups which as a whole have a unified architectural or historic value to the local area.

(b)  Terraces, enclosing buildings (surrounding squares etc.), uniform rows etc.

Historic assets which have social value as a source of local distinctiveness or social interaction; assets that contribute to local identity or collective memory; assets that have spiritual value, or symbolic significance. Such buildings may include churches, schools, village and town halls, chapels, public houses, memorials, places of employment and workhouses, which formed a focal point or key social role in the historical development of the area.

Given their particularly unique contribution to collective memory, public houses (or purpose-built former pubs) will be prioritised for local listing where they also have both historic (generally pre-WWII) and architectural interest.

Buildings surviving from the earliest phases of development (in Cardiff’s case prior to c.1875) and early 20th suburban development and surviving in anything like their original form. Superficial alterations which may be reversed in the future, e.g., reinstatement of timber windows, will not preclude inclusion on the list.

Historic assets that provide rare surviving evidence of a particular aspect of the history and development of the locality.

Exclusions from local listing or Article 4 controls:

  • Buildings on the Cadw statutory list (grade II or above).
  • Buildings protected by virtue of being within an existing conservation area – these will be added to the local list only where they do not contribute positively to the character or appearance of the conservation area – for example they offer a neutral contribution but are of merit in their own right.

The local list