Oxford's iconic Headington Shark could be added to the city council's list of important pieces of heritage.

Oxford City Council is asking residents to comment on 17 potential new additions to the Oxford Heritage Asset Register.

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These include the Shark sculpture at 2 New High Street, Headington, a ‘medieval’ wall at The Grates, Cowley, and Bailey bridge on Port Meadow.

The Shark has been publicly nominated for a few years now, however, this is the first time it has been put forward in this round of nominations, to then be designated as a heritage asset.

Inclusion of a building or place on the register helps to influence planning decisions in a way that conserves and enhances local character.

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It was established by Oxford City Council, with funding by Historic England, the Oxford Preservation Trust and local communities.

The consultation ends on Wednesday, January 26, and comments can be submitted here. 

A decision will then be taken as to whether these nominations should be added to the register.

Councillor Colin Cook, heritage champion at Oxford City Council, said: “The Heritage Asset Register helps the Council to understand what makes Oxford such a special place by identifying special buildings, places and features that are not statutorily protected but are greatly valued by local people.

“This means the Council can better protect and manage them through planning policies and planning decisions. We’ve had some really interesting nominations so far and would like to hear from more people across the city."

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The council would also like to hear about any other potential heritage assets which could be added to the register.

To nominate a local heritage asset to be added, go to www.oxford.gov.uk.

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