In 27th March 2012, the Government published the new The National Planning Policy Framework, which introduces a requirement for applications affecting 'Heritage Assets' to be accompanied by a Statement of Significance.

The term 'Heritage Asset' includes designated assets such as Listed Buildings, Conservations Areas, Scheduled Monuments, Historic Parks, Gardens and Battlefields, etc.

A Statement of Significance will be required before applications can be registered.  This can be incorporated within the Design and Access statement when one is required.

We have prepared a guidance notes for applicants and agents, which sets out the information that should be submitted as part of an Statement of Significance, and where to find that information.

As a guide we have also produced an Assessment of Significance pro-forma to be submitted with application with the above constraints. This pro-forma may be included as part of a Design & Access statement and should be supplemented with additional reports, studies, historic information, photographs and any other information where relevant.

The visual guide below will help you:

Statement of Significance

For further information contact:

Richard Broadhead
Conservation Officer  
01386 565327
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