Heritage at Risk: Landscapes

One of the greatest threats to historic landscapes, such as Registered Parks and Gardens and Registered Battlefields, are proposals for development, however, these sites do not have any additional statutory controls to protect them. But the good news is that in future under the National Planning Policy Framework their historic and architectural significance will be taken into consideration as part of the planning process.

Under the National Planning Policy Framework, Registered Parks and Gardens and Registered Battlefields carry the same weight as listed buildings. This should mean that substantial harm or loss can only be justified in exceptional cases.

In fact the new policy places more emphasis on sustaining and enhancing the significance of all heritage assets and finding viable uses consistent with their conservation.

One of the so-called ‘Magnificent Seven’ Victorian cemeteries in London, Abney Park in Stoke Newington was founded as a non-conformist cemetery from the grounds of the home of the hymn-writer Isaac Watts

One of the so-called ‘Magnificent Seven’ Victorian cemeteries in London, Abney Park in Stoke Newington was founded as a non-conformist cemetery from the grounds of the home of the hymn-writer Isaac Watts. The condition of the cemetery declined throughout the twentieth century and its Gothic chapel, centrally placed in the landscape, fell into disuse. A condition survey of the chapel was carried out in 2012 and has identified its repair needs