Consultations

This page lists draft written guidance currently open for public and professional comment. Please take time to review these drafts and to send us comments. Your responses will help us to make sure that guidance is both relevant and effective.

Revised Advice and Guidance

Two Historic Environment Advice notes have been published for consultation. These are intended to assist local planning authorities, planning and other consultants, owners, applicants and other interested parties in implementing historic environment policy in the National Planning Policy Framework and the related guidance given in the Planning Practice Guidance.

The consultation period will run for eight weeks until 17 April, 2015.

Responses should be sent by the due date to GoodPracticeConsultation@english-heritage.org.uk mailbox. If you do not have access to email, please provide them in writing to: Good Practice Advice Consultation, Government Advice Team, English Heritage, 1 Waterhouse Square, 138-142, Holborn, London EC1N 2ST.

Both documents re-draft previous publications in the light of the Taylor Review of Planning Guidance.

These documents, along with various Good Practice Advice notes and additional Historic Environment Advice notes will replace both the PPS 5 Planning and the Historic Environment: Historic Environment Planning Practice Guide (2010) and various pieces of English Heritage guidance, as part of a wider guidance review the organisation is currently carrying out. Good Practice Advice notes are planned on:

  • The Historic Environment in Local Plans (GPA 1)
  • Decision-taking in the Historic Environment (GPA 2)
  • The Setting of Heritage Assets (GPA 3)
  • Enabling Development and Heritage Assets (GPA 4)

Further Historic Environment Advice notes are planned on Neighbourhood Planning and the historic environment: Improve your Neighbourhood and Local Designation. Others may be developed on further subjects.

The PPS5 Practice Guide remains in place for the time being but we are expecting that Government will cancel it once the post-consultation versions of these advice notes and the accompanying Good Practice Advice notes are published.

Forthcoming Guidance

The list below gives details of guidance projects which teams in English Heritage are involved with or have commissioned. For any queries about these projects please email guidance@english-heritage.org.uk.

Closed Consultations

Consultation is now closed on the drafts listed below. Draft documents are in most cases still available for reference pending final publication (see the list of PDF documents below). However please note that guidance and recommendations may be different in the final published version in comparison to the earlier drafts. 

Guidance for the use of radiocarbon dating and chronological modelling in archaeology. This consultation closed on 31 January 2015. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact alex.bayliss@english-heritage.org.uk

Guidance for archaeological and historic pottery production sites. This consultation closed on 28 December 2014. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact sarah.paynter@english-heritage.org.uk

Tall Buildings: Advice on plan-making, submitting, assessing and deciding planning proposals.This consultation closed on 30 November 2014. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact tall.buildings@english-heritage.org.uk.

Archaeometallurgy Guidelines (Second Edition). For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact david.dungworth@english-heritage.org.uk.

Consultation on Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning. Please email GoodPracticeConsultation@english-heritage.org.uk for further information on the Good Practice Advice in Planning notes listed below:

Final versions of these documents, along with additional more detailed information (termed Technical Advice in Planning) will replace both the PPS5 Planning and the Historic Environment: Historic Environment Planning Practice Guide (2010) and various pieces of English Heritage guidance. This is likely to be in early 2015.  

Sampling Large Burial Grounds. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact simon.mays@english-heritage.org.uk.

Historic military aviation sites, conservation management guidance (Second Edition). For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact Billy.Reading@english-heritage.org.uk

Where On Earth Are We? The role of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) in archaeological field survey (Second Edition). For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact Trevor Pearson (trevor.pearson@english-heritage.org.uk).

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and the Historic Environment National Guidance. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact Katie Carmichael (Katie.Carmichael@english-heritage.org.uk).

English Heritage Guidance Note on Digital Image Capture and File Storage.For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact James Davies (James.Davies@english-heritage.org.uk).

Human Remains from Wreck sites: a Proposed Policy for Consultation.This consultation closed on 13 December 2013. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please email designation@english-heritage.org.uk.

Military Aircraft Crash Sites: Archaeological Guidance on their Significance and Future Management. This consultation closed 31 March 2012. Contact aircraftcrashsites@english-heritage.org.uk for further information about this document.