Guidance on Setting and the Historic Environment

Date published: 12 February 2018

This document sets out guidance on how DfC's Historic Environment Division (HED) develops advice to local councils, heritage consultants, and others on planning applications. It also covers land-use change that may have an impact upon the settings of heritage assets, and related designations such as Areas of Significant Archaeological Interest (ASAIs), Historic Parks, Gardens and Demesnes.

The guidance includes a definition of 'setting', identifies those key aspects of setting which can contribute to the significance of a heritage asset, and outlines a three-stage process for assessing the impacts of change upon setting.

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