Historic environment/heritage statement

The National Planning Policy Framework requires that information is submitted with applications to ensure that the potential impact of any proposals on the significance of the heritage assets affected can be fully understood.  This can most simply be done in the form of an Historic Environment or Heritage Statement.

Heritage assets

Heritage assets are defined as "the valued components of the historic environment" and as such merit "consideration in planning decisions". They can be buildings, monuments, places, areas or landscapes positively identified as having a degree of significance in historic environment terms. This includes listed buildings, conservation areas, archaeological sites and historic parks and gardens.

Historic Environment / Heritage Statement 

This may include:

1.  An analysis of the heritage asset, its fabric and its setting prior to development, including 

  • desk based assessment, including local and national records such as the Gloucestershire Historic Environment Record; the Heritage Gateway; the local plan, and/or
  • on-site evaluation, e.g. field walking; remote sensing; structural surveys, and/or
  • analysis of the architectural and/or historical evolution of the asset, e.g. map regression, phasing diagrams and/or
  • analysis of information from local heritage societies and other experts.

2.  Details of the condition of the asset (where the proposals are for partial or total demolition)

3.  An analysis of the significance of the asset and its setting

4.  A schedule or specification for the proposed works

5.  An assessment of the impact of the proposed works on the asset and its setting

6.  Details of efforts to retain the asset in use (where the proposals are for partial or total demolition) e.g. marketing information

7.  Details of community benefit of the redevelopment proposals (where the proposals are for partial or total demolition)

8.  An evaluation of the need for enabling development (if relevant) including detailed costings and marketing history

9.  A justification for the proposed works and their impact on the significance of the asset and its setting

The scope of the Historic Environment / Heritage Statement required should be proportionate to the importance of the affected heritage assets (and their settings) and the impact of the proposals.  The Statement should provide sufficient detail to enable the potential impact of the proposals on the significance of the heritage asset to be fully understood.

The Historic Environment / Heritage Statement may be incorporated into the Design and Accesss Statement, if appropriate.

The Historic Environment / Heritage Statement should be undertaken by an appropriately qualified and experienced person, in many instances this will be an expert consultant.  Further advice is available on finding an appropriate historic environment consultant.

In the past elements of Historic Environment / Heritage Statements were included within Listed Building Appraisals; Archaeological Appraisals etc.


For further information on archaeology, please contact the Gloucestershire County Council's Archaeology Service.

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