En-Plan are able to advise you on a range of building and design projects, no matter the scale of the project you proposing. The design process can be both complex and time consuming, we are here to help you through this especially when your application requires a Heritage Statement explaining the .
The Heritage Statement is a standard requirement of planning applications involving heritage assets. There are four sides to any Heritage Statement, as set out in detail in Historic England’s key guidance document, the free-to-download ‘Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance’: evidential, historical, aesthetic and communal.
It is a well-established principle of good conservation practice that ‘understanding’ should inform the management of change in the historic environment. One of Historic England’s Conservation Principles is that ‘understanding the significance of places is vital… in order to identify the significance of a place, it is necessary first to understand its fabric and how and why it has changed over time’. This is commonsense as a well as good practice. Gaining understanding should not be seen as burdensome, but as a necessary part of the responsible management of change. It should help to avoid negative impacts and be aimed towards achieving creative and sensitive solutions.
The need for a Heritage Statement
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states at paragraph 128 that:
‘In determining applications, local planning authorities should require an applicant to describe the significance of any heritage assets affected, including any contribution made by their setting. The level of detail should be proportionate to the assets’ importance and no more than is sufficient to understand the potential impact of the proposal on their significance’. In order to meet this requirement, local authorities normally now require a Heritage Statement to be prepared to inform and accompany proposals affecting heritage assets.
What should a Heritage Statement contain?
There are no mysteries to the process and En-Plan have a proven track record of submitting Heritage Statements alongside Listed Building Consent applications. What might be needed depends on the nature of the asset and the level of intervention proposed; as the NPPF states, the statement should be ‘proportionate’, and ‘no more than is sufficient’. Briefly, a Heritage Statement should set out details of the history and development of the asset, using photographic, map, archival and fabric evidence. It should be accompanied by a photographic record, showing the site context and spaces and features which might be affected by the proposal, preferably cross-referenced to survey drawings. It should include an assessment of the archaeological, architectural, historical or other significance of the asset. It will also normally be necessary to include an assessment of the impact of the proposed works on the significance of the asset, and a statement of justification for those works, together with details of any mitigation measures proposed.