Definition: Heritage Partnership Agreement: HPA
A statutory agreement which sets out an understanding of the significance of the listed building(s). Once the agreement is in place, it can reduce the number of occasions when listed building consent is required and thereby save the owner and local authority time and money.
Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 - s26a and 26b
Non- statutory heritage partnership agreements can also be useful for other substantial assets or groups of assets such as large or related scheduled monuments, parks and gardens, battlefields and historic landscapes or areas containing a mix of related assets. Reaching an agreed and fuller understanding of significance will reduce areas of doubt or confusion, aid better management and increase the prospect of success for a consent application where it is still required.