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Heritage Statements

Check when a Heritage Statement is required and the type of information that is needed.

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When is a Heritage Statement required?

A Heritage Statement is required for any application whereby the proposed works impact on a heritage asset / assets or the setting of heritage assets. A Heritage Statement is also required to satisfy the requirements of Policy LP18 Fenland Local Plan 2014 and Para 128 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). It is needed for proposals which affect the following:

Listed Buildings or the setting of listed buildings. All Listed Building Consent applications, any planning applications which affect a listed building and applications for wind turbines which sit with a 3KM radius of a listed building must include a Heritage Statement. A proposal may affect the setting of a listed building if it is on a site adjacent to a listed building, within the grounds of a listed building or would have any tangible impact on the listed buildings.

Conservation Areas or the setting of conservation areas. All planning applications or applications for advertisement consent submitted for sites within conservation areas must include a Heritage Statement. Any applications outside conservation areas but which have a tangible impact on the setting of a conservation area must include a Heritage Statement, as well as proposals for wind turbines which sit within a 3KM radius of a conservation area.

Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAM) or the setting of SAM. Any planning application directly on a SAM site or which would have a tangible impact on the setting of a SAM must include a Heritage Statement.

What information should a Heritage Statement contain?

The scope and degree of detail necessary in a Heritage Statement will vary according to the circumstances of each application. The Heritage Statement should explain the proposal and include sufficient information to understand the proposal, and the implication of the proposal on the heritage assets it affects. A Heritage Statement should include the following information:

  • State the heritage asset(s) affected
  • Identify the significance of the heritage asset(s) affected
  • Describe the setting of the heritage asset(s) (if applicable to the circumstances of the proposal)
  • Demonstrate that the relevant history of the building / site has been researched. This should include reference to the building/site planning history.
  • Explain the proposal and how it will impact on the interests of the heritage asset(s) which it affects. This explanation should include how the scheme may have developed and been tailored to preserving the interests of the heritage asset(s). You should also include any measures that have been taken to minimise harm to heritage assets and their setting. The explanation should justify the proposal.
  • Photographs may be included within the heritage statement to clarify a point and provide visual references with respect to the proposal. Any Listed Building Consent application which involves comprehensive works to a listed building must include a full photographic record of that building.
  • Reference the statutory requirements, local plan policy, NPPF policies and other material considerations which are relevant to the proposal in question. State how the proposal complies with these.
  • If the proposal concerns comprehensive works to a listed building, a full architectural appraisal of the building that should be included that demonstrates understanding of the building's history and evolution. A schedule of works should also be included for such schemes.
  • If the sites are of potential archaeological interest, a desk based assessment and/or field evaluation should be included.

The links above may help you to gather information to put in a Heritage Statement, as well as preparing a Heritage Statement.