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 under the National Planning Policy Framework their historic and architectural significance is 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 means that substantial harm or loss can only be justified in exceptional cases.

The policy emphasises sustaining and enhancing the significance of all heritage assets and finding viable uses consistent with their conservation.

Lilleshall Hall Registered Park and Garden, Shropshire

Lilleshall Hall Registered Park and Garden in Shropshire was removed from the Heritage at Risk Register this year. A new conservation management plan provides a framework for decisions on development within its grounds for the first time.