Neighbourhood Planning and the Historic Environment

Historic England Advice Note 11

This advice note is written to help neighbourhood planning groups, local planning authorities and other stakeholders to explore the role of historic places and local history in preparing a neighbourhood plan.

It begins with the foundations of why you should consider the historic environment when preparing a plan (section 1), which culminates in a checklist of relevant issues to consider, followed by an overview of what this means in terms of evidence gathering (section 2).

Of course the historic environment is only one of the environmental issues to consider during plan preparation, alongside economic and social considerations. Section 3 of this advice note focuses on translating evidence into policy, mindful of this bigger picture and including links between the different elements of sustainable development. It is complemented by case studies in this advice note and on Historic England’s website.

Section 4 outlines the role and process of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and section 5 describes the role of Historic England in neighbourhood planning.

This advice note is supported by further information on Historic England’s website, including information sheets on policy issues such as site allocations, additional case studies, and links to other resources.


  • Why you should consider the historic environment in a neighbourhood plan
  • Understanding the historic environment in a neighbourhood plan area
  • Translating evidence into policy
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  • The role of Historic England

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 27
  • Product Code: HEAG264


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