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Guidance Open for Consultation

Your chance to have a say on advice and guidance documents we've published in draft. Your feedback will help us make our advice and guidance useful.

Revised advice and guidance

Conservation Principles

Conservation Principles is being updated to set out Historic England’s approach to conservation in a format that is more accessible and aligned with the language of the National Planning Policy Framework and legislation. This consultation is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in how Historic England carries out research, advises the government on heritage designations, or provides advice on planning and conservation of the historic environment to influence the principles we use and the way we understand and conserve the significance of our shared heritage.

The primary aim of the Conservation Principles is to support the quality of decision-making and to create a management regime for all aspects of the historic environment that is clear and transparent in its purpose and sustainable in its application.

The first edition of Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance for the Sustainable Management of the Historic Environment was launched by English Heritage in 2008. It has been well used in the organisation’s work ever since, establishing the connection between the significance of places and their physical fabric and settings and, thereafter, priorities for conservation works. In updating the document we have sought to retain these strong connections.

Key changes to the document include:

  • The document has been made more concise and the language has been clarified to make it more accessible and compelling
  • The explanation of how we understand significance has been recast to focus on the ‘Heritage Interests’ (Historic, Architectural, Archaeological and Artistic) used in the legislation and planning policies that we and our partners implement, whilst retaining reference to the four heritage values presented in the original document
  • Content that has since been reissued elsewhere has been deleted, making the document shorter.

This consultation closes on 2 February 2018.

Ways to respond

Please provide any comments on the document using our online questionnaire by 2 February 2018.

New advice and guidance

Contested Heritage

Contested (or difficult or problematic) heritage has been in the headlines a great deal recently. There are many views on how to best manage this heritage, with some wanting to preserve it, others wanting to reinterpret it, and yet others wanting to remove or move it. We have therefore drafted this guidance for those who own or manage contested heritage. We are looking to engage with all viewpoints on this complex issue and ask you to complete the survey below.

Please share this consultation widely with anyone who might have an interest in this issue. 

This consultation closes on Friday 16 February 2018.

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