Consent and Planning Permission Requirements
The need for consents and permissions is an important aspect of the system to protect England’s heritage, helping to achieve an informed approach to managing change in historic places.
Different types of heritage assets are protected in different ways. Different consents are required for the carrying out of works to existing buildings or sites and for the construction of new development. These include planning permission, listed building and advertisement consents.
What activity does and does not require permission or consent is a matter of considerable complexity and is the most common area of misunderstanding. Relevant decision-makers have the responsibility to decide whether an application for consent is required in particular circumstances.
This section sets out the rules on what needs permission or consent for various categories of work and how it may be obtained.
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Examines the different processes involved in identifying and designating heritage assets.
The objective of the planning system is sustainability: meeting the needs of the present without compromising future generations meeting theirs.
When considering permissions and consents for work that affect heritage assets relevant authorities must adhere to certain principles and obligations.
It is very important to understand precisely what a permission or consent for development or works actually gives permission for.
Where works have taken place without the required consent authorities have options to have the heritage asset restored to its original state.
All land, buildings and building works are subject to various legal compliance requirements to protect health and safety and equality of access.
There are hundreds of organisations and hundreds of thousands of people who each year give their time for free to protect the nation’s heritage.