This document sets out English Heritage guidance on managing change within the settings of heritage assets, including archaeological remains and historic buildings, sites, areas, and landscapes.
It provides the basis for advice by English Heritage on the setting of heritage assets when we respond to consultations and when we assess the implications of development proposals on the historic estate that we manage. It is also intended to assist others involved with managing development that may affect the setting of heritage assets.
Since the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in March 2012, some of the references in this document may now be out-of-date. English Heritage believes, however, that the policy approach is unlikely to change and that this document still contains useful advice and case studies.
We are in the process of revising this Guidance:
- to reflect changes resulting from the NPPF and other Government initiatives
- to incorporate new information and advice based on recent case law and Inquiry decisions
1. Introduction and purpose of guidance
2. Definition of setting and key concepts
3. Setting and plan-making
4. Setting and development management
5. Setting, permitted development and change managed outside the planning system
6. Setting and Environmental Impact Assessment
Appendix 1: Setting in international instruments
Appendix 2: Setting in heritage law
Appendix 3: Setting in planning policy
Appendix 4: Setting and World Heritage Sites
Appendix 5: Setting and the heritage values approach
Recent Public Inquiry decisions relating to setting
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