Department for Communities Historic Environment Division (DfC HED) and Royal Mail have decided to agree a joint policy for the retention and conservation of post boxes which may be of special architectural or historic interest and merit listing. Many post boxes are now regarded as ‘undesignated heritage assets’ and a small number of the oldest and rarest have been listed as structures of special architectural and historic interest.
The Government’s Strategic Planning Policy Statement for Northern Ireland, stresses the desirability of retaining undesignated heritage assets where appropriate. The intention of this document is to move towards managing undesignated heritage assets by agreement between Royal Mail and DFC Historic Environment Division. This document sets out how Royal Mail and the Department intend to do this.