Conservation areas, local lists and historic character

Guidance on the significance and management of historic assets that shape the identity of our communities

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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. (May 2017)

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. (May 2017)

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. (May 2017)

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. (May 2017)

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. (May 2017)