Heritage assets


About our heritage assets

Brent's heritage assets include a wide range of architectural styles from Victorian Italianate, Gothic Revival, suburban 'Arts and Crafts', ‘Tudorbethan’, ‘Old World’, Modern and Brutalist.

It has historic formal public parks, gardens and cemeteries as well as planned ‘garden village’ estates but its archaeological discoveries from early prehistory are scarce.

The British Rail lines and the Metropolitan Railway enabled suburban 'Metroland' development. This was boosted by the British Empire Exhibition in Wembley Park in 1924/25. Many historic buildings within Brent reflect the styles of these times, but it also has examples of mandir architecture as well as ‘moorish’ and ‘Indo-Islamic’.

Heritage assets make a substantial contribution to Brent's local character and distinctiveness. They are a unique and irreplaceable resource which justifies protection, conservation and enhancement.

Brent’s statutory listed buildings, conservation areas and registered parks and gardens are all designated heritage assets. Locally listed buildings, areas of distinctive residential character, sites of archaeological importance and archaeological priority areas are non-designated heritage assets.

Brent’s heritage is valued as evidence of the past culture, providing a sense of belonging

Draft Mapesbury and Roe Green Village Design Guides Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) - Closed 4 Aug 2017

The London Borough of Brent published and sought representations on the Mapesbury and Roe Green Village Design Guides Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) from 22 June to 4 August 2017.The Council will consider the representations received. These will be summarised and presented to Cabinet, along with officer responses and if necessary proposed amendments to the draft documents. Cabinet will also decide whether to adopt the documents. It is anticipated that this will be towards the end of 2017.

The draft guidance can be found here.

•    Draft Mapesbury Design Guide
•    Draft Roe Green Village Design Guide
•    Statement of SPD Matters
•    Consultation Statement
•    SEA Screening Opinion

Listed buildings

Statutory listed buildings

A statutory listed building is a building or structure that has been placed on the National Heritage list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Check if you live in a listed building

Go to our planning searches database, select the Property tab, enter your property details and click on the Property Attributes tab to find out about your property.

Historic England maintains The National Heritage List which is a searchable database of all nationally designated heritage assets including Brent’s listed buildings and registered parks and gardens.

Listing these buildings identifies and acknowledges our shared history. It marks and celebrates a building or structures special architectural or historic interest, and also brings it under the management of the planning system so that consideration can be made about its future.

Listing categories

  • Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest – Brent has one of these.
  • Grade II* buildings are particularly important buildings of more than special interest - Brent has nine of these.
  • Grade II buildings are of special interest. Brent has around 200 of these.

When a building is listed, all of the building itself (internally and externally), anything fixed to it and also most buildings and structures in its grounds are part of the listed building.

If you are considering undertaking any work to a listed building or structure it is likely that you will need listed building consent, in addition to any other permissions or approvals.

Listed building consent is required in order for Brent to make decisions that balance the site's architectural or historic significance against other issues.

You are therefore likely to need consent for:

  • demolition of all or part of a listed building (including buildings and structures in the curtilage)
  • alterations (including internal works) that affect the character of the building
  • extensions
  • repairs that involve replacing important parts of the building's fabric or using different materials (such as replacing the roof).

It is an offence to carry out works to a listed building that affect its architectural or historic interest without the approval of Planning Services.  

You could be liable to prosecution, and be made to rectify any changes you have made.  The maximum penalty could include imprisonment and unlimited fines.

In Princess Road a Local Listed Building Consent Order has been granted which permits repairs to a number of listed properties.  See which properties and the details of the Order below.

Locally listed buildings

Brent has identified a number non-designated heritage assets and included them on a Local List of Buildings or Structures of Architectural or Historic Interest.

Check if you live in a locally listed building

Use our planning searches database to find out if your property is locally listed.

These assets are known as locally listed and include monuments, sites, places, areas or landscapes identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions.

Whilst not statutory listed, these buildings and structures are of good quality design or are historically significant.

They are important local landmark features in their own right and make a significant contribution to the character and appearance of their locality.

The inclusion on the local list simply means that we will take into account the heritage asset’s special local architectural or historic significance when considering a planning application.

Conservation areas

A conservation area is a place of special architectural or historic interest which needs to be preserved.

Check if you live in a conservation area

Design guides and list of areas

Planning and Article 4 Direction

An Article 4 Direction is a special control which gives extra protection to a conservation area by removing some of the owner's planning development rights. These controls extend to areas such as trees near your property.


Archaeology is the study of the past through the material remains left by our ancestors. It can be the only source of information about large parts of the borough’s history. It is a finite, non-renewable and in many cases a very fragile resource, vulnerable to even slight changes to the site or structure.

The evidence can be buried or upstanding, deliberately constructed or the by-product of other activities. It can consist of a few artefacts or an ancient place name.

Archaeological sites and the information they contain cannot be restored once they have been lost. The government has recognised this through publication of National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which provides guidance on the treatment of archaeological remains in the planning process.

Archaeology contributes positively to the quality of life, character and distinctiveness of local communities and as such can attract interest, promote community involvement and provide a sense of local and national identity.

In the London context, Brent has seen comparatively little archaeological excavation since the war. In the main, such excavations have been undertaken by the Wembley History Society and in recent years by the Museum of London, but the finds have been limited and not widely publicised. There is the potential for more discoveries through the planning process.

Archaeological Priority Areas (APAs)

The council has identified four Archaeological Priority Areas (APAs) where there is significant known archaeological interest or potential for new discoveries. APAs are used to help highlight where development might affect heritage assets.

What it means if your property is in an APA

An archaeological priority area is an area defined to help protect archaeological remains that might be affected by development. Sites will always need to be assessed for their archaeological potential when application is made for their redevelopment. It is likely, at the very least, that a desk-based assessment will be required to be submitted to the council in consultation with the Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service (GLAAS). Archaeological trial investigations (evaluations) may also need to take place before the application is determined or secured by condition on a planning consent.

It should be noted that archaeological remains are not only confined to the archaeological priority areas and sites of interest can be identified outside these zones.

The results of archaeological investigations take the form of written reports, copies of which can be requested from the council's planning department. Alternatively you can request the reports from the Greater London Historic Environment Record at Historic England.