[Bell Historians] new Government policies on historic environment published

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Wed Mar 24 14:24:18 GMT 2010

Presumably with a wrought iron clapper - none of this modern cast


Andrew Higson

John Taylor & Co.

The Bellfoundry

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LE11 1AR

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[mailto:bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Richard Offen
Sent: 24 March 2010 14:21
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Thank Anne


I shall be circulating this document amongst my heritage colleagues here
in Australia: both state and Federal government here would do well to
take a leaf out of the British Government's initiative.


I think those involved in bell work might well be able to batter certain
heritage practitioners over the head with the quote, "managed
intelligently and in a way that fully realises its contribution to the
economic, social and cultural life of the nation."!





From: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
[mailto:bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Anne Willis
Sent: Wednesday, 24 March 2010 9:40 PM
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Bell Historians] new Government policies on historic
environment published



I am not sure how these guidelines will affect bell restoration
projects, but it may be a good idea to be acquainted with them.











The Government's long awaited policy announcements on the historic
environment were made yesterday with the publication of the first
comprehensive policy statement on heritage for nearly a decade and a new
Planning Policy Statement and Practice Guide.  These provide an
important overview of Government thinking as well as providing the
policy framework within which all planning decisions will be made.  They
will remain in force even after the General Election.  


Government policy statement

The Government statement sets out a Vision and six strategic aims for
the historic environment.
Vision - "That the value of the historic environment is recognised by
all who have the power to shape it; that Government gives it proper
recognition and that it is managed intelligently and in a way that fully
realises its contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of
the nation."
The six strategic aims are:
1.    Strategic leadership - committing to "raising the profile of our
heritage" and improving consistency across Government
2.    Protective framework - focused on the existing Heritage Protection
Review and new planning guidance
3.    Local capacity - supporting the role of local authorities and
promoting an early understanding of heritage in the context of
4.    Public involvement - "we want to provide the public with a much
stronger sense of ownership in the historic environment.  We believe
this will help people to take an increased provide in their local area
and will help us to achieve many other government aims in terms of
strengthening local communities."
5.    Direct ownership - committing to all assets in public ownership
meeting appropriate standards
6.    Sustainable future - addressing the role of heritage in adapting
to climate change.
The statement takes a broad definition of the historic environment and
identifies its wide ranging economic, social and cultural value.  This
includes recognition of the role it plays in helping define local
identity and a sense of community.  While recognising the role of
Government in acting more coherently and providing the right legal and
policy framework there is a considerable emphasis on the role of
partnership and public involvement.  For the civic movement this is
especially important in recognising the voluntary sector can "play an
active role in local place-making".  
There is also recognition of some important challenges, including:


*	Loss and decay of heritage assets

*	Maximising the potential of the historic environment in new
development - acknowledging that many developments have a "'could be
anywhere' quality about them"

*	Ensuring flexibility of the historic environment to meet new
challenges - such as an ageing population, house building pressures or
the original functions of buildings ceasing

*	Training and skills

*	Climate change - acknowledging that the relationship between old
buildings and energy consumption is "a complex one"

*	Economic downturn - which may provide an incentive to adapt and
improve over new build


The statement has been published by DCMS with input from 8 other
Government Departments.  

New Planning Policy Statement
The new Planning Policy Statement 5 Planning for the Historic
Environment replaces PPGs 15 and 16 on the historic environment and
archaeology and is now the keynote statement of planning policy on
heritage.  Local development frameworks must be compatible with PPS5 and
it will also impact on decisions over individual planning applications.
The detail will be pored over by planning practitioners and volunteers
in the coming weeks and we will update you on how the new planning
policies are being interpreted.  The PPS sets out the Government's
objectives for planning for the historic environment and details twelve
The objectives are:
1.    To deliver sustainable development by ensuring that policies and
decisions concerning the historic environment:


*	recognise that heritage assets are a non-renewable resource

*	take account of the wider social, cultural, economic and
environmental benefits of heritage conservation; and

*	recognise that intelligently managed change may sometimes be
necessary if heritage assets are to be maintained for the long term.


2.    To conserve England's heritage assets in a manner appropriate to
their significance by ensuring that:


*	decisions are based on the nature, extent and level of that
significance, investigated to a degree

*	proportionate to the importance of the heritage asset

*	wherever possible, heritage assets are put to an appropriate and
viable use that is consistent with their conservation

*	the positive contribution of such heritage assets to local
character and sense of place is recognised and valued; and 

*	consideration of the historic environment is integrated into
planning policies, promoting place-shaping.


3. To contribute to our knowledge and understanding of our past by
ensuring that opportunities are taken to capture evidence from the
historic environment and to make this publicly available, particularly
where a heritage asset is to be lost.
The policies cover:
HE1   Heritage assets and climate change - recognising that keeping
heritage assets in use avoids use of energy and building materials
HE2   Evidence base for plan-making - placing emphasis on local
authorities having an historic environment record
HE3   Regional and local planning approaches - an important section
setting out the scope of what should be covered in local development
frameworks - including the role of heritage in promoting a sense of
place and local distinctiveness
HE4   Permitted development and Article 4 Directions
HE5   Monitoring indicators
HE6   Information requirements for applications for consent affecting
heritage assets - placing the emphasis on applicants providing
information on the significance of heritage assets affected
HE7   Policy principles guiding the determination of all applications
for consent relating to all heritage assets - the key section of the PPS
which requires local authorities to take account of the significance of
a heritage asset to current and future generations and for them "to take
reasonable steps to seeks the views of that community" where the
significance may not be understood through the usual processes of
HE8   Additional policy principle guiding the consideration of
applications for consent relating to heritage assets that are not
covered by Policy HE9
HE9   Additional policy principles guiding the consideration of
applications for consent relating to designated heritage assets - which
states that "There should be a presumption in favour of the conservation
of designated heritage assets and the more significant the designated
heritage asset, the greater the presumption in favour of its
conservation should be.  Once lost, heritage assets cannot be replaced
and their loss has a cultural, economic and social impact...Substantial
harm to or loos of a Grade II listed building, park or garden should be
exceptional" and "wholly exceptional" for Grade I and II*, scheduled
monuments, World Heritage Sites, protected wrecks and battlefields.  The
PPS notes that not all elements of a Conservation Area contribute to its
significance and only those elements that do should be taken into
account but also that those elements which do not may be enhanced as
part of the process of place-shaping.
HE10  Additional policy principles guiding the consideration of
applications for development affecting the setting of a designated
heritage asset
HE11  Enabling development
HE12  Policy principles guiding the recording of information related to
heritage assets
English Heritage has produced a Practice Guide with support from DCMS
and CLG to assist in implementation of PPS5.  This stretches to over 50
Copies of all the documents can be downloaded
The Government's Statement on the Historic Environment for England 2010
from http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/publications/6763.aspx
Planning Policy Statement 5 Planning for the Historic Environment from
Historic environment planning practice guide from







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