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Overview of Key 2015 Developments in the Historic Environment

Heritage Counts provides an overview of key developments and changes affecting the historic environment and the organisations working to support it.

Key changes and developments for 2015

Management of Heritage

  • The New Government
  • Heritage 2020
  • English Heritage and Historic England
  • National Trust's Strategy
  • The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
  • Reinvention of UK Association of Preservation Trusts
  • Heritage and Arts Strategy for the North East
  • A Framework Action Plan for World Heritage Sites
  • The Hague Convention
  • Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe
  • Parliament and Heritage
  • Heritage Crime

Changes to the funding and resources landscape

  • Listed Places of Worship Funding
  • Rural Development Programme for England 2015-2020
  • Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
  • Evaluation of the Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst: Umbrella programme
  • Giving to Heritage
  • Crowd funding and heritage campaigns
  • Coastal Revival Fund
  • LIBOR Funding
  • Funding of Heritage Open Days

Planning system changes

  • Streamlining the planning system
  • National Planning Policy Framework
  • Good Practice Advice Notes
  • Historic England Advice Notes
  • Legislation
  • Enhanced Advisory Services
  • Major infrastructure
  • Farrell Review and PLACE Alliance update
  • National Farmstead Assessment Framework
  • Sustainable Growth in Cathedral Cities and Historic Towns
  • Onshore Wind farms
  • Neighbourhood Planning


  • Heritage Schools
  • 20th Anniversary of Heritage Open Days
  • First World War Memorials Centenary Programme
  • Capability Brown 300th anniversary 2016
  • Heritage Tourism Policy
  • Capacity building

Sector insight

  • Heritage at Risk
  • Heritage Awards
  • SPAB's National Maintenance Week
  • Research on maintaining churches

Overviews from previous years can be found in the Heritage Counts Previous Reports page.

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