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Heritage Statements

What is a Heritage Statement?

A Heritage Statement is a comprehensive document that assesses the significance of heritage assets within a proposed development site. This includes buildings, monuments, and landscapes that are deemed historically, architecturally, or culturally significant. The purpose of a Heritage Statement is to ensure that any potential impact on these heritage assets is carefully considered and managed.

Importance and Value of Heritage Statements

Heritage Statements are crucial for preserving the historical integrity of our built environment. They provide a detailed analysis of the historical value of a site, which helps in making informed decisions about development projects. By acknowledging and protecting our heritage, we maintain a tangible connection to our past, fostering a sense of identity and continuity.

Technical and Legal Framework

Heritage Statements are often required as part of the planning application process, particularly in areas with listed buildings or within conservation areas. According to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), local planning authorities must ensure that the significance of any heritage assets affected by a proposal is understood and taken into account.

Key Components of a Heritage Statement:

  1. Description of Heritage Assets: Detailed documentation of the heritage assets, including their history, architectural features, and current condition.

  2. Assessment of Significance: Evaluating the importance of the heritage assets in terms of historical, architectural, artistic, and social values.

  3. Impact Assessment: Analyzing the potential effects of the proposed development on the heritage assets.

  4. Mitigation Strategies: Proposing measures to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse impacts on the heritage assets.

RTPI and Heritage Statements

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) plays a pivotal role in guiding the preparation and evaluation of Heritage Statements. As the leading professional body for spatial, sustainable, and inclusive planning, the RTPI provides best practice guidelines to ensure that heritage considerations are integrated into the planning process.

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