Heritage statements

Policy justification

Refer to:

  • paragraph 128 in the National Planning Policy Framework
  • policy CS5 in our Core Strategy
  • policies ECH/3 and ECH/4 in our replacement local plan
  • Policies DM3, DM4, DM5, DM7 and DM8 in our sites and policies plan


Heritage statements set out the importance of historic assets which will be affected by a development. They identify areas of importance that could be harmed if a development is not carefully designed.

Applications within or next to a conservation area

Assessments need to show the impact a proposed development has on the appearance of the conservation area including:

  • a statement showing the history of a site and its buildings
  • a description (including photographs) of any buildings including:
    • style
    • age
    • type (detached, terraced, two or three storey)
    • common materials
    • architectural features used on nearby buildings that make the area unique
  • any landscaping and streetscape features including details if:
    • a property is set back behind a stone wall or railings
    • there are hedges or important trees in a garden or lining a street
    • special materials are used on the ground (stone paving, cobbles, gravel)
  • a statement showing how a development would fit in the area without causing harm to its appearance

Applications impacting on heritage assets

Assessments need to show the impact a proposed development has on a heritage asset and its surroundings including:

  • scaled plans showing historic features that exist on or next to the site
  • an analysis of any significant archaeology, history and character including:
    • architectural styles
    • characteristics and distinctive features
    • age
    • materials used
    • landscape features
    • surface and boundary care
  • assessing all impacts to show no harm will be caused or explaining how allowing harm is of more benefit to the public

Applications for listed building consent

Assessments need to include:

  • scaled plans showing the thickness profile of walls – shade or colour these plans to show construction dates so that we can see:
    • how a building has changed over time
    • which areas are of most historic interest
  • a schedule of all works
  • analysis of a building’s archaeology, history and character
  • why works are needed and the impact these works will have on a building and its surroundings
  • a structural survey to show how repairs will be made when there are stability issues
  • an audit of ornamental and decorative features that will be altered or removed (including colour photographs and keyed plans) for:
    • fireplaces
    • skirting boards
    • wood panelling
    • decorative cornices
    • panelled doors, architraves and door surrounds
    • wainscoting
    • dado rails
    • original windows and shutters
    • stained or historic glass
    • special decorative fittings
    • niches
    • historic fitted cupboards and shelving
    • any unusual and unique features
    • flooring materials
    • tiles
    • flagstones
    • chimneys

Applications to demolish an unlisted building within a conservation area

Assessments need to include:

  • an analysis of appearance to show a building’s importance to a conservation area
  • a structural survey to show why a building cannot be kept when there are stability issues
  • an explanation why demolition is of more benefit showing that:
    • the nature of the historic asset prevents all reasonable uses of the site
    • no viable use of the heritage asset can be found
    • conservation through grant funding, charitable ownership or public ownership is not possible
    • the loss outweighs the benefit of bringing the site back into use
  • how the site will be developed and left after demolition

Applications affecting archaeological assets

Assessments need to include:

  • archaeological checks in line with our policies
  • issues relating to archaeological studies of the site and preservation of items of historic importance


Ask for pre-application advice to talk about what is needed before an application is made.