It's important to understand how the planning system works in practice in order to inform Historic England's support and guidance. This page introduces a number of pieces of planning research which Historic England has undertaken or commissioned.
The Heritage Dimension of Commercial Renewable Energy Development in PlanningPublished 9 July 2021
Overview of how to better understand the consideration of heritage within the planning process in relation to renewable energy applications.
Archaeology and Planning Case StudiesPublished 29 August 2019
Evidence base of case studies demonstrating how heritage assets with archaeological and historic interest are managed within the planning system.
Listed Building Consents: A Review of DataPublished 14 January 2015
A review of data on listed building consents was commissioned to give a statistically robust insight on trends in listed building consents over a three year period, March 2011 - March 2014.
The Heritage Dimension of Planning Applications
This Historic England research reviewed just under a thousand planning and listed building consent applications across the country, to explore the ‘heritage dimension’ of planning activity. Specifically, the research looked at:
- The frequency with which heritage assets feature in such applications
- How they feature
- What impact the inclusion of heritage assets within a proposal has on the processing and determination of these applications
Heritage in Planning Decisions: The NPPF and Designated Heritage Assets
Historic England commissioned Green Balance to review decisions on planning applications relating to designated heritage assets, and to determine whether or not:
- The heritage policies of the National Planning Policy Framework are being implemented
- The decisions are having the desired effect of protecting and enhancing the historic environment