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March 2009 (Re-instated November 2010)
Policy 26 – Sustainable development should ensure the protection, appropriate management and
enhancement of the Region’s natural and cultural heritage. (Damage to natural or historic assets or
their settings should be avoided wherever and as far as possible, recognising that such assets are
usually irreplaceable).
Policy 27 – The historic environment should be understood, conserved and enhanced, in recognition
of its own intrinsic value, and contribution to the Region’s quality of life.
National Planning Guidance:
National Planning Policy Framework (March 2012)
By virtue of paragraph 212 at Annex 1 of the NPPF, the policies in that document are a material
consideration when determining whether development should proceed.
Sustainable development is a central theme of the NPPF. The need to conserve heritage assets in a
manner appropriate to their significance, so they can be enjoyed for their contribution to the quality
of life of this and future generations is one of the core planning principles of the NPPF.
Account should always be taken of the desirability of sustaining and enhancing the significance of
heritage assets, and the desirability of new development making a positive contribution to the
historic environment’s local distinctiveness (paragraphs 126 and 131).
Paragraph 132 states:
‘When considering the impact of a proposed development on the significance of a designated
heritage asset, great weight should be given to the asset’s conservation. The more important the
asset, the greater the weight should be. Significance can be harmed or lost through alteration or
destruction of the heritage asset or development within its setting. As heritage assets are
irreplaceable, any harm or loss should require clear and convincing justification.’
Para 17 sets out 12 Core Principles which should underpin decision-making.
Point 10 requires:
‘the conservation heritage assets in a manner appropriate to their significance, so that they can be
enjoyed for their contribution to the quality of life of this and future generations’;
Paras 126 & 131 state:
‘Local Authorities should recognise that heritage assets are an irreplaceable resource and
conserve them in a manner appropriate to their significance’.
In doing this they should take into account:
‘ - The desirability of sustaining and enhancing the significance of heritage
assets…
- The desirability of new development making a positive contribution to local
character and distinctiveness…
- Opportunities to draw on the contribution made by the historic
environment to the character of a place…’
Para 134 advises where there will be harm to an asset this should be weighted against the public
benefits of the scheme.
Historic Environment Planning Practice Guide
Para 121 - New buildings should respect setting by virtue of scale, proportion, height, massing,
alignment and use of materials.
Para 178 – The main issues to consider in proposals for additions to heritage assets are: proportion,
height, massing, bulk, use of materials, relationships with adjacent assets, alignment and treatment