A Heritage Statement is usually required as an additional document when submitting a Planning or Listed Building Application to a Local Council. We provide Heritage Statements for large theatres to home extensions and renovations (see Rapid Heritage Statements below).
+ Why is a Heritage Statement Needed?
This is because the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which sets out the government’s planning policies for England, requires an applicant to ‘describe the significance of any heritage assets affected’. Furthermore, National Planning Guidance suggests that ‘expert advice’ is likely to be needed to help with the assessment of heritage assets.
+ What a Heritage Statement Covers
The Heritage Statement needs to consider what the relevant heritage asset is and explain why the heritage asset is significant. For example, it may describe what gives a conservation area its character, or discuss why a building has been statutory listed.
All heritage statements should include a Statement of Significance that demonstrates an understanding of the architectural, historical, cultural, archaeological and artistic interest of the site and its setting and in particular the significance of those parts affected by the proposed development.
In addition, the document will explain what steps have been taken to avoid, minimise or mitigate any harm to the significance of the heritage asset(s). For example, repositioning or redesigning a new extension so it is less detrimental to the setting of the historic building.
+ When a Heritage Statement is needed
You may require a Heritage Statement as an additional document in the following circumstances:
- Applications for Listed Building Consent (LBHouseholder and planning applications affecting listed buildings (including their setting).
- Planning applications (including demolition) within or affecting conservation areas.
- Applications for works covered by an Article 4 Direction.
- Planning applications for works to buildings/structures which are locally listed.
Please contact us if you are unsure if a Heritage Statement is required, we would be happy to advise.
Rapid Heritage Statement
For householder applications and simple proposals, a Rapid Heritage Statement can be provided within 7 days. To get started, please use the Rapid Heritage Statement Form.
Your Heritage Statement
Theatre and Heritage can provide a Heritage Statement that can also form part of a Design and Access Statement. It will contain a Statement of Significance. It will also set out detail of the heritage asset and assess the history and character of the building, structure or area. The statement will justify the proposed works in terms of their impact on the heritage asset and will reflect the relative importance of the asset. It will help you obtain consent for your works.
The scope and degree of detail necessary in a Heritage Statement will vary according to the particular circumstances of each application.