English Heritage are currently consulting on three Historic Environment Good Practice Advice notes.  These relate to:

  • the historic environment in local plans;
  • decision-taking in the historic environment; and
  • the setting of heritage assets.

The Good Practice Advice notes are intended to assist local planning authorities, planning and other consultants as well as owners, applicants and other interested parties in implementing historic environment policy in accordance with NPPF and NPPG.

The consultation period is running until 5th September 2014. 

English Heritage say that the revised guidance will not bring in any increase or reduction in protection of heritage assets.  Rather, it seeks to clarify existing guidance and, for instance, includes new provisions such as for Certificates of Lawful Proposed Works, which will enable owners of heritage assets to obtain a certificate from the local authority to state that works they want to carry out do not require planning permission.

English Heritage are seeking views from those engaged in the planning system as it relates to the historic environment, whether as applicants and developers, heritage and/or planning expert practitioners, local planning authorities, or members of local and national amenity groups.

On close of consultation and following any further work required to the draft documents, the advice notes will replace both PPS 5: Planning and the Historic Environment: Historic Environment Practice Guide (2010), and various pieces of English Heritage guidance, as part of a wider guidance review currently being carried out.

The consultation drafts can be found here.