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Cultural heritage in the planning system

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 at 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Prospero House (etc Venues), 241 Borough High St, London SE1 1GA
£399 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £499 for non-members
RTPI Conferences

The UK has a wealth of heritage and archaeology and as a result there is often an overlap with development. Undiscovered archaeology can often cause a risk to project programmes and budgets and the impact of local heritage on design can be limiting.

With the advent of PPS 5 in 2010 and its replacement with the NPPF in 2012, the setting and significance of listed buildings, conservation areas, scheduled monuments and other types of heritage asset has become more central to the determination of applications in the historic environment. Setting is a complex concept, is often misunderstood and has been the subject of much guidance in recent years. The masterclass will look into how we assess setting in proposals for development

This masterclass gives developers and planners all of the tools needed to adeptly deal with heritage and archaeology during the planning process.  It covers the requirements under the new NPPF, the methods and value of surveying and establishes the value of a 'statement of significance'.

Key benefits

The masterclass will help you understand:

  1. The legislation, where it has changed and any future proposals;
  2. The wide variety of heritage issues you could encounter in development projects
  3. The benefits of identifying heritage issues at the outset of a project
  4. The benefits of hiring an expert in the heritage field

Who should attend?

  • Developers and those responsible for the delivery of projects involving historic buildings and archaeology
  • Consultants who are responsible for supporting developers through the planning process and who may be involved with historic buildings and archaeology
  • Local authority Development and Building Control Officers responsible for reading and approving applications relating to historic buildings and archaeology



1. Legislation governing the historic environment and key guidance documents

  • An update of recent developments in the planning and heritage management systems in England.

2. Setting

  • What is setting?
  • Legislative basis & evaluation of Guidance
  • Setting in practice methods and issues
  • Decision making and setting-recent cases

 3. What is heritage?

  • Statutory heritage assets

-       Listed buildings

-       Registered Parks and Gardens

-       World heritage sites

  • Non-statutory heritage assets

-       Locally listed buildings

-       Areas of archaeological interest

4. Who is involved in UK Heritage?

  • Local and National Government bodies
  • Lobby groups
  • Interest Groups
  • Commercial organisations
  • Heritage tourism

 5. Understanding the variety of assessments

  • Statements of significance
  • Heritage Statements
  • Conservation management plans
  • Historic landscape assessments

 6.    Implications of the new NPPF and the planning process

  • Above ground assets
  • Below ground assets

 7. Assessing Heritage Assets

  • Assessing setting
  • Assessing and understanding significance

The day will also involve a short local site visit to look at issues on the ground, particularly setting in an urban context.


Trainers: Edmund Simons, Heritage Director, South Georgia Heritage Trust and Ken Sabel, Associate Director, Atkins