Hidden London Site: Battersea Power Station, Kirtling Street, Wandsworth, London. Interior, Station B © Historic England DP134060


Our advice on heritage and the planning system is there to help both professionals and owners of older buildings to understand how heritage fits into the wider planning agenda.

Hereford Cathedral, Hereford.  General view of cathedral.

The Planning System

This page sets out how the planning system works to protect historic places.

View across London rooftops to the central London skyline beyond.

Planning Research

To understand how the planning system works in practice, Historic England undertakes and commissions research.

West Midlands Grand Hotel facade stone repair

Heritage Consents

The requirements for each of the principal types of statutory consent are summarised on the relevant pages within this section of the website.

View of the skyline of London showing Tower Bridge, the 'Gherkin' building and HMS Belfast (DP040482)

Place-Making and Regeneration

Advice and research on how to shape our public spaces and buildings to improve a community’s cultural, economic, social and environmental situation.

High Street, Badminton, Gloucestershire.  General view of cottages with uniform limewash.

Conservation Areas

This page sets out what conservation areas are and how they are designated and managed.

Latchmere Road, Battersea, London.  General view of terraced housing.


This page provides information on housing development in the historic built environment.

Pier head and Canning Dock, Liverpool Merseyside.

Heritage and Sustainable Growth

This page provides information on the evidence base and Historic England’s advice about heritage and growth.

Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland. Section of wall running east over an undulating grassy landscape.

International Collaboration

How Historic England collaborates with heritage professionals and responsible departments all around the world.

Tyne Bridge. General view of bridge.


This page explains Historic England’s approach to major road and energy schemes, and their impact on historic buildings and places.

Peckham Area Assessment.  Carrying out a rapid survey of Peckham, Southwark, London.

Local Management

This page sets out Historic England’s advice to support local authorities and communities in protecting the special historic places in their area.

Aerial view of Lincoln, near the cathedral.

Local Plans

See our advice on drawing up Local Plans that make provision for historic buildings and sites in their area.

Neighbourhood Planning and the Historic Environment

The historic environment is integral to any plans to improve a neighbourhood. Use the neighbourhood planning process to influence future development.

Image of Collyweston roof slates

Minerals Extraction

Exploring the relationship between quarrying, mining and other forms of minerals extraction and the historic environment

Aerial view of Crambe, North Yorkshire

Rural Planning

This page sets out how planning in the countryside differs from that in urban areas, and points to sources of further information.

Interior of Prince Edward Theatre, London.  View of auditotrium at dress circle level, across seating showing rake.


Our advice supports Local Planning Authorities to prepare and make planning decisions on applications affecting historic buildings.

Oxford Building Survey Week, Rewley House, Oxford

Understanding Historic Places

Find out about the different approaches available for identifying and interpreting the historic dimensions of present day landscapes or townscapes.

An oblique aerial colour photo of a London Gateway development, to the right is a large silty river, to the left a large industrial area.

Coastal & Marine Planning

The seas and shore around England contain an immense wealth of archaeological sites and remains.

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel, London.  General view of market.

Historic Centres and Streets

Our advice on retail trends and what they might mean for historic town centres and high streets.

Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich, Cheshire. 
Stove house 4 detail of brickwork. (SJ671754)

Enabling Development