DEV22 - Development affecting the historic environment

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Development proposals will need to sustain the local character and distinctiveness of the area and conserve or enhance its historic environment, heritage assets and their settings according to their national and local significance. The following provisions will apply:

1.     Development should conserve or enhance the historic environment, including designated heritage assets of national importance and undesignated heritage assets of local significance and their settings.

2.     The significance, character, setting and local distinctiveness of heritage assets should be considered within an appropriate assessment to this significance. In certain cases applicants will be required to arrange archaeological or historic asset assessment and evaluations.

3.     Where development proposals will lead to substantial harm to, or total loss of significance of, a designated heritage asset, permission will be refused. Exceptions to this will only be made where the harm to such elements is outweighed by the public benefits of the proposal, with substantial harm or total loss to the significance of a designated heritage asset (or archaeological site of national importance) only permitted in exceptional circumstances.

4.     Adverse impacts on locally important heritage assets and/or their settings should be avoided. Where proposals are likely to cause substantial harm to or loss of locally important assets, permission will only be granted where the public benefit outweighs the asset’s historic or archaeological interest, having regard to the scale of any harm or loss and the significance of the heritage asset. The features of interest should be preserved in situ, but where this is not justifiable or feasible, provision must be made for appropriate preservation by record.

5.     Development should help secure the long term sustainable future for heritage assets, especially those identified as being of greater risk of loss and decay and that might have a community benefit where possible.

6.     Development should respond positively and creatively to ensure the special character and appearance of conservation areas are preserved or enhanced using, where appropriate, Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans to inform future development.