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How We Perform

We report annually to government on our performance as a statutory consultee in the planning system.


As a statutory consultee, we receive consultations from local planning authorities and respond to them with our advice. We also respond to Scheduled Monument Consents, which are decided by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

This section contains our latest reports to the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. These report on our timeliness of responses to planning, listed building and referral consultations and Scheduled Monument Consents.

In 2015/16 we processed:

  • 16,652 valid consultations from local planning authorities 
  • 826 formal pre-application consultations
  • 1,150 applications for Scheduled Monument Consent

Our Improvement Plan

We also publish an annual Improvement Plan for our planning services, so our involvement in planning projects is as useful and transparent as possible. We review the Plan annually in response to feedback from customers and with other agencies.

On 1 April 2015 the part of English Heritage represented on this website changed its name to Historic England. You may notice that some of our content still refers to English Heritage. We are in the process of rebranding, but in the meantime please be assured that all our content and guidance is still current.

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