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.

Open Consultations - Revised Guidance

Tall Buildings: Advice on plan-making, submitting, assessing and deciding planning proposals

This document, jointly authored with Design Council, is a revision of the Guidance on Tall Buildings produced by CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) and English Heritage in 2007. Over seven years we have dealt with many tall building proposals and  the Government’s planning policy has undergone considerable change.

The new context for this document is the Government's 2012 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which is supported by Planning Practice Guidance.

The NPPF promotes the pursuit of sustainable development which includes improving the quality of the built, natural and historic environment and the replacement of poor design with better design. The intention is that this new advice will help improve the quality of adopted or emerging local plans as well as planning applications for tall buildings and allow better-informed and speedier decisions. Design Council (who merged with CABE in 2011 and to whom CABE's functions were transferred) and English Heritage would like to hear your views on the revised advice.  

Please use the consultation questionnaire below and return it to tall.buildings@english-heritage.org.uk by 30 November 2014.

Archaeometallurgy Guidelines (2nd Edition)

The previous edition of the guidance on Archaeometallurgy was written almost 15 years ago and this discipline has since developed significantly. The revised version of the guidelines better reflects recent research and publications and there are several areas which have been significantly expanded:

  • The treatment of early (bloomery) iron production has been provided with more detail especially over the nature of furnaces and the range of associated slag types (tapping and non-tapping slags)
  • The treatment of later ferrous production processes has been greatly expanded to include a review of process up to the middle of the 19th century.

Please use the comments form below and email any comments to david.dungworth@english-heritage.org.uk, or by post to Fort Cumberland, Fort Cumberland Road, Portsmouth, PO4 9LD, by 1 November 2014.

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.

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 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. The draft document is available for reference below.

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). The draft document is available for reference below.

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). The draft document is available for reference below.

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. The draft document is available for reference below.

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.