Heritage statements

Under paragraph 128 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), applicants are required to describe the significance of any heritage assets affected including any contribution made by their setting.

What is a heritage statement?

A heritage statement is an assessment of the significance of heritage assets and their settings affected by a development, and the impacts of that development upon them.

Significance is defined as the value of a heritage asset to this and future generations because of its heritage interest. This interest may be archaeological, architectural, artistic or historic. Significance derives not only from an asset’s physical presence, but also from its setting.

When are heritage statements needed?

All applications for proposals which affect a heritage asset are required to be accompanied by a heritage statement. A heritage statement must be submitted with the following types of application:

  • Applications for listed building consent
  • Applications within the curtilage of a listed building
  • Applications in conservation areas (including demolition)
  • Applications affecting scheduled monuments
  • Applications affecting a registered park and garden
  • Applications affecting an archaeological site
  • Applications affecting non-designated heritage assets, such as buildings which feature on our list of local heritage assets or those identified during the pre-application process
  • Applications affecting the setting of a heritage asset (whether designated or non-designated)

Such applications cannot be validated without this supporting information.

How do I prepare a heritage statement?

See our heritage statement guidance (PDF, 599KB) for further information.

Last updated: 19 February 2018