Heritage Impact Statements

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Under regulations that came into force on 1 September 2017, a heritage impact statement is now required to support listed building and conservation area consent applications. This replaces the requirement for a design and access statement in the listed building consent application process.

A heritage impact statement is the product of a structured heritage impact assessment process. This makes sure that the significance of the historic asset is taken into account in the development of proposals for change. It is a core part of the design process, which tests whether the proposals for change are appropriate by assessing their impact on significance. Access issues are also addressed through this process, unless the proposed works involve a private dwelling.

The best-practice guidance, 'Heritage Impact Assessment in Wales', will help owners, agents and local planning authorities understand why, when and how to use the heritage impact assessment process and write heritage impact statements. To download a copy, follow the related link to our New Publications page.

You may also be required to submit a heritage impact statement with an application for scheduled monument consent. The heritage impact assessment process may also help you find the best way to accommodate change when dealing with other historic assets, such as registered historic parks and gardens, World Heritage Sites and historic assets of special local interest.

A design and access statement may still be required to support planning applications. Further guidance is available in Design and Access Statements in Wales