Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning Note 2
Managing Significance in Decision-Taking in the Historic Environment
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.
Please note: On 1 April 2015 the part of English Heritage represented on this website changed its name to Historic England. You may notice that some of our content still refers to English Heritage. We are in the process of rebranding, but in the meantime please be assured that all our content and guidance is still correct.
- Series: Guidance
- Publication Status: Completed
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.
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