The significance of a heritage asset derives not only from its physical presence and historic fabric but also from its setting - the surroundings in which it is experienced.
The careful management of change within the surroundings of heritage assets therefore makes an important contribution to the quality of the places in which we live.
'The Setting of Heritage Assets: English Heritage Guidance' sets out English Heritage advice on managing change within the settings of archaeological remains and historic buildings, sites, areas, and landscapes.
It provides detailed guidance intended to assist implementation of Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for the Historic Environment and its supporting Historic Environment Planning Practice Guide, together with the historic environment provisions of the National Policy Statements for nationally significant infrastructure projects.
Following the publication of the Government's National Planning Policy Framework in 2012, English Heritage will review and revise its advice. We will also continue to keep it under review in the light of significant planning decisions and developing professional practice.