Introduction to the National Heritage at Risk Survey

Historic England publishes an annual survey that details those heritage assets known to be at risk as result of neglect, decay and inappropriate development in England. The register covers Grade I and II* listed buildings, Grade II listed places of Worship and Grade II buildings in London, scheduled monuments, registered parks and gardens, registered battlefields, protected wreck sites and conservation areas.  

The long term trends identified for buildings at risk have generally been positive. Two thirds of the entries from the original 1998 register have been removed. In total there are 4,919 entries on the Heritage at Risk Register in 2022.

The Heritage at Risk register can be found on the Historic England website. It provides local planning authorities, parish councils, neighbourhood forums and others with an important element of their evidence base for:

  1. Making local development plans and neighbourhood development plans that address the risks
  2. Making decisions on planning applications and other consents aimed at reducing the risk and thus removing heritage assets from the register
  3. Prioritising cases for urgent works, repairs notices, compulsory acquisition, enforcement action, and crime reduction work