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Local Planning Advice

This page explains how Historic England provides local advice on the management of historic buildings and sites within the planning process.

How we deliver our advice

Although we are national experts, our planning advice is delivered through our nine local offices.

Each local office has teams dedicated to providing advice on planning applications, working with local communities and the creation of policy and assisting in reducing heritage at risk.

We also provide advice on managing Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

In London, Historic England also provides advice on undesignated archaeology through GLAAS (The Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service) and maintains the Historic Environment Record for London.

You can find your local Historic England office below:

How to consult Historic England

The majority of our consultations come from local planning authorities. They take most of the decisions affecting the historic environment and are responsible for preparing the relevant policy in their Local Plan.

For complex proposals we encourage early discussion, including with Historic England, before an application is submitted.

In order to give our advice we need clear and relevant information which will allow us to respond within 21 days.

Find out what information we need and our timetables for response in the our Charter for Advisory Services.

When will we get involved?

Historic England is committed to Constructive Conservation. We recognise that the historic environment can be adapted and has to be in use if it is to be handed on to future generations to enjoy.

We will therefore advise where our national perspective can support or enrich local knowledge. In this way we help to avoid risk; either through harmful alteration, inadequate management policy or neglect, all of which can lead to redundancy and loss of what is irreplaceable. 

When to contact your local authroity

Contact your local planning authority for advice on whether you need:

  • Planning permission
  • Listed Building Consent
  • Building Regulations or
  • Other consents

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