Planning

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

We have support and advice to help you champion and care for the historic environment during this challenging time.

Coronavirus Advice and Support from Historic England

Our advice on heritage and the planning system is there to help both professionals and owners of older buildings to understand how heritage fits into the wider planning agenda.

The Planning System

This page sets out how the planning system works to protect historic places.

Planning Research

To understand how the planning system works in practice, Historic England undertakes and commissions research.

Heritage Consents

The requirements for each of the principal types of statutory consent are summarised on the relevant pages within this section of the website.

Place-Making and Regeneration

Advice and research on how to shape our public spaces and buildings to improve a community’s cultural, economic, social and environmental situation.

Conservation Areas

This page sets out what conservation areas are and how they are designated and managed.

Housing

This page provides information on housing development in the historic built environment.

Heritage and Sustainable Growth

This page provides information on the evidence base and Historic England’s advice about heritage and growth.

International Collaboration

How Historic England collaborates with heritage professionals and responsible departments all around the world.

Infrastructure

This page explains Historic England’s approach to major road and energy schemes, and their impact on historic buildings and places.

Local Management

This page sets out Historic England’s advice to support local authorities and communities in protecting the special historic places in their area.

Local Plans

See our advice on drawing up Local Plans that make provision for historic buildings and sites in their area.

Neighbourhood Planning and the Historic Environment

The historic environment is integral to any plans to improve a neighbourhood. Use the neighbourhood planning process to influence future development.

Minerals Extraction

Exploring the relationship between quarrying, mining and other forms of minerals extraction and the historic environment

Rural Planning

This page sets out how planning in the countryside differs from that in urban areas, and points to sources of further information.

Decision-Taking

Our advice supports Local Planning Authorities to prepare and make planning decisions on applications affecting historic buildings.

Understanding Historic Places

Find out about the different approaches available for identifying and interpreting the historic dimensions of present day landscapes or townscapes.

Coastal & Marine Planning

The seas and shore around England contain an immense wealth of archaeological sites and remains.

Historic Centres and Streets

Our advice on retail trends and what they might mean for historic town centres and high streets.

The Reconstruction of Heritage Assets

For decisions on whether or not to reconstruct a heritage asset, our advice covers the issues to consider and how best to approach reconstruction.