Neighbourhood Plans and Non-Designated Heritage Assets

Neighbourhood Plans and Non-Designated Heritage Assets

Wednesday 20th November 2019

A Government announcement of 23 October 2019 (click HERE) encourages communities across England to "nominate heritage assets which make their community what it is".

Local people will be empowered to nominate heritage assets which are important to them and reflect their local area and identity, supported by a team of heritage experts, funded by £700,000 to help 10 English counties identify areas which need protecting.

Amendments published in July 2019 to the Historic Environment section of the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) explicitly clarify that neighbourhood plans may identify Non-Designated Heritage Assets (NDHAs), providing that the decisions to identify them are based on sound evidence (PPG Reference ID: 18a-040-20190723) . Accordingly, the PPG cautions that "A substantial majority of buildings have little or no heritage significance and thus do not constitute heritage assets. Only a minority have enough heritage significance to merit identification as non-designated heritage assets" (PPG Reference ID: 18a-039-20190723).

In terms of Parish Councils, Town Councils and Forums considering identifying NDHAs in their neighbourhood plans, helpful guidance is provided on the process of identification and selection in Local Heritage Listing: Historic England Advice Note 7. View the Advice Note HERE. As part of this process, it is important that owners of all structures potentially identified as NDHAs are informed of any proposal and made aware of the implications of the designation.

Lastly, whilst not explicitly referencing NDHAs, the National Trust recently published their Guide to Heritage in Neighbourhood Plans , which is intended to "help communities to take a lead in planning for historic areas by enabling them to identify and safeguard local heritage in the places in which they live, work and spend their leisure time". View the National Trust Guide HERE