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Knowing Your Place

Front cover for Knowing your place

Heritage and Community-Led Planning in the Countryside

When a community is planning its future, through a Community-Led Plan, it is important to consider its past. By including their heritage in the plan, communities can really get to know the place in which they live. They can ensure it keeps its vitality, sense of identity and individuality. They can choose the best ways for it to develop and grow. They can hand it on – as a place to be proud of – to future generations. 

This advice note deals with the incorporation of local heritage within plans that rural communities are producing, reviewing or updating and focuses particularly on parish plans and village design statements.

Historic England hopes this advice will ensure that Community-Led Plans harness the full power of the community’s heritage.With only limited resources available for protecting and revitalising this heritage, local action is now required more than ever.


  • Part 1 - offers advice on gathering information
  • Part 2 - discusses recognising opportunities
  • Part 3 - discusses developing objectives and making recommentations
  • Part 4 - provides advice on presentation of your plan
  • Appendices - provide advice on community questionnaires and useful links to further information

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51683


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