Heritage at Risk

Heritage at Risk is an annual survey compiled by Historic England of buildings, sites and areas whose value is under threat. It is a means of highlighting the general plight of England’s heritage and of prioritising local action to conserve the place for future generations. The threats can be neglect, environmental damage, crime and inappropriate development. Local authorities and other bodies, such as SAVE Britain's Heritage, also produce registers and lists of buildings and historic sites at risk.

This section details the powers available to public authorities to address heritage assets at risk, whether designated or not. The focus is on public authorities as it is they who are given the legal powers to intervene, but of course, it is the local community and charitable trusts that are the most frequent saviours.