Managing Significance in Decision-Taking in the Historic Environment
Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning: 2
The purpose of this Good Practice Advice note is to provide information on good practice to assist local authorities, planning and other consultants, owners, applicants and other interested parties in implementing historic environment policy in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the related guidance given in the National Planning Practice Guide (PPG).
This document contains useful information on assessing the significance of heritage assets, using appropriate expertise, historic environment records, recording and furthering understanding, neglect and unauthorised works, marketing and design and distinctiveness.
We are currently reviewing our advice in light of the changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, and will amend it, where necessary, in due course.
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- General advice on decision-taking
- The assessment of significance as part of the application process
- Conservation Principles and assessment
- Curtilage structures
- Archaeological and historic interest
- Finding appropriate information: Historic Environment Records (HERs)
- Assessing the proposals
- Cumulative impact
- Listed building consent regime
- Decision-taking for assets with archaeological interest
- Recording and furthering understanding
- Written Schemes of Investigation (WSI)
- Archaeological conditions and obligations for WSIs
- Reporting, publication and archiving
- Human remains
- Mineral extraction
- Public engagement
- Unexpected discoveries during work
- Scheduled monument consent
- Unauthorised works, enforcement notices and prosecution
- Marketing to demonstrate redundancy
- Public or charitable interest and support for assets under threat
- Opportunities to enhance assets, their settings and local distinctiveness
- Design and local distinctiveness
- Series: Guidance
- Publication Status: Completed
- Pages: 20
- Product Code: HEAG007
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Also of interest...
This page sets out how the planning system works to protect historic places.
Find out about the services we offer to support people involved in managing change to the historic environment.
Our advice supports Local Planning Authorities to prepare and make planning decisions on applications affecting historic buildings.