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Grade II listed St Mary and St Joseph Catholic Church, Tower Hamlets, surrounded by the Landsbury Estate, Poplar. © Historic England. DP177662. Photographed October 2016 by Chris Redgrave.

Planning Research

It's important to understand how the planning system works in practice in order to inform Historic England's support and guidance. This page introduces a number of pieces of planning research which Historic England has undertaken or commissioned.

Listed Building Consents: A Review of Data

Published 14 January 2015

A review of data on listed building consents was commissioned to give a statistically robust insight on trends in listed building consents over a three year period, March 2011 - March 2014.

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The Heritage Dimension of Planning Applications

This Historic England research reviewed just under a thousand planning and listed building consent applications across the country, to explore the ‘heritage dimension’ of planning activity. Specifically, the research looked at:

  • The frequency with which heritage assets feature in such applications
  • How they feature
  • What impact the inclusion of heritage assets within a proposal has on the processing and determination of these applications

Heritage in Planning Decisions: The NPPF and Designated Heritage Assets

Historic England commissioned Green Balance to review decisions on planning applications relating to designated heritage assets, and to determine whether or not:

  • The heritage policies of the National Planning Policy Framework are being implemented
  • The decisions are having the desired effect of protecting and enhancing the historic environment
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