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Best-practice guidance

Managing Change in World Heritage Sites in Wales sets out general principles for understanding and managing World Heritage Sites in Wales, including how they are protected through the planning system.

This best-practice guidance is aimed primarily at decision makers, including local authorities, statutory undertakers and prospective developers, to raise the profile of World Heritage Sites in Wales and to help them manage change without adverse impact on their Outstanding Universal Value. Managers and stakeholders of World Heritage Sites may also find it useful to inform management plans, alongside UNESCO’s Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

Managing Change to Listed Buildings in Wales sets out general principles to consider when making changes to listed buildings and explains how to apply for listed building consent, including the roles and responsibilities of owners, local planning authorities and the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service (Cadw).

This best-practice guidance is aimed principally at owners of listed buildings and agents acting on their behalf to help them understand the implications of owning a listed building and making changes to it.

Managing Conservation Areas in Wales sets out the policy context for the designation and management of conservation areas and the duties of local planning authorities. It also identifies key aspects of best practice for their designation and appraisal, including the participation of stakeholders and the development of local policies for positive management and enhancement so that their character and appearance are preserved and enhanced.

This best-practice guide is aimed mainly at local planning authorities to ensure a consistent approach to conservation area designation, appraisal and management throughout Wales.

Heritage Impact Assessment in Wales sets out the general principles to consider when planning changes to historic assets and applying for listed building and conservation area consent.

This best-practice guide is aimed principally at owners and occupiers of historic assets and their agents. It will help them to understand why, when and how to use the heritage impact assessment process and write heritage impact statements.

Managing Lists of Historic Assets of Special Local Interest in Wales sets out general principles and good practice for preparing and managing lists of local historic assets — including criteria, nomination, consultation, validation, appeals and monitoring — and provides guidance on their use in the planning system.

This guidance is aimed primarily at local planning authorities, but also at third sector organisations and the owners of historic assets, to encourage all sectors to work together to protect and enhance historic assets of special local interest.

Managing Listed Buildings at Risk in Wales outlines the critical relationship between a building’s use, ownership and condition, and how the careful balance between these elements can be managed to ensure a sustainable future. It also outlines the roles and responsibilities of owners, the Welsh Government and local authorities. It shows how policies and programmes to manage listed buildings at risk can be successful, but also explains the statutory powers that can be used to protect listed buildings at risk where appropriate.

This best-practice guidance is aimed primarily at local authority conservation, planning, housing, regeneration and development departments. It may also be of interest to owners, occupiers and agents, as well as local communities and third sector organisations that have a vital role in caring for listed buildings at risk.

Setting of Historic Assets in Wales explains what setting is, how it contributes to the significance of a historic asset and why it is important. It also outlines the principles used to assess the potential impact of development or land management proposals within the settings of World Heritage Sites, ancient monuments (scheduled and unscheduled), listed buildings, registered historic parks and gardens, and conservation areas.

This best-practice guidance is aimed at developers, owners, occupiers and agents, who should use it to inform management plans and proposals for change which may have an impact on the significance of a historic asset and its setting.

Managing Change to Registered Historic Parks and Gardens in Wales sets out general principles to follow when considering changes that may have an impact on registered historic parks and gardens. It explains the status of the register of historic parks and gardens in Wales and its place in the planning system, including the roles and responsibilities of owners, local planning authorities, amenity societies and the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service (Cadw). Although the register is statutory, registration does not introduce any new consent regimes.

This best-practice guidance is aimed principally at owners of registered historic parks and gardens, and agents acting on their behalf, to help them understand the implications of owning a registered historic park or garden and managing changes that affect it.

Managing Historic Character in Wales explains why it is important to recognise historic character and use it as an evidence base for conservation, regeneration and planning work. It shows how policies and programmes to manage change can take inspiration from the past to help create and sustain distinctive places for the future. Managing Historic Character in Wales, together with Managing Lists of Historic Assets of Special Local Interest in Wales, focuses on those aspects of local heritage that have considerable value for local communities, including those that are not designated for their special national interest or importance.

The best-practice guidance is aimed primarily at local authority conservation, planning, housing, regeneration and development departments, as well as Welsh Government departments. It will also be of interest to local communities and third sector organisations, as well as owners, developers and agents, who have a vital role in identifying, promoting and caring for local historic character.

Statutory guidance

Historic Environment Records in Wales: Compilation and Use has been issued by the Welsh Ministers as statutory guidance for local and National Park authorities in Wales and Natural Resources Wales under powers in the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016. It explains how those public bodies may contribute to the compilation of historic environment records and how they should use historic environment records in the exercise of their functions.

While the named public bodies must have regard to this guidance, it will also be of relevance to a range of other public, voluntary and private sector bodies, and individuals with an interest in the historic environment of Wales.