Planning and the historic environment

Links to planning policy and advice and guidance relevant to the role of the planning system in the management of the historic environment

Conwy – aerial view

Conwy – aerial view

Planning Policy Wales sets out the land use planning policies of the Welsh Government. Planning Policy Wales emphasises that the positive management of change in the historic environment is based on a full understanding of the nature and significance of historic assets and the recognition of the benefits that they can deliver in a vibrant culture and economy.

Technical Advice Note 24: The Historic Environment contains detailed guidance on how the planning system considers the historic environment during development plan preparation and decision making on planning and listed building consent applications.

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)

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)