Historic Environment

Kilchurn CastleMost local environments have an historic dimension that contributes to its quality and character. The historic environment covers ancient monuments, archaeological sites and landscape, historic buildings, townscapes, parks, gardens and designed landscapes, as well as our marine heritage. All these assets are recognised as having particular value, and the planning system seeks to manage these elements in a sustainable way.

Relevant legislation includes the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservations Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997, the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006, the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 and the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

Policy

National planning policy on the historic environment is set out in Scottish Planning Policy (SPP), and is supported by Planning Advice Note (PAN) 2 / 2011 Planning and Archaeology (published July 27, 2011) and PAN 71 Conservation Area Management. The SPP should be read in conjunction with the Scottish Historic Environment Policy (SHEP) and the Managing Change in the Historic Environment guidance, produced by Historic Scotland. Together these provide the Scottish Government's policy and advice on planning for the historic environment and should be taken into account by planning authorities when preparing development plans and determining applications for listed building consent, conservation area consent or planning permission for development which may affect the historic environment. Developers should also take Government policy and guidance on the historic environment into account when forming development proposals.

Together, these should be taken into account by planning authorities when preparing development plans and determining applications for listed building consent, conservation area consent or planning permission for development which may affect the historic environment. Developers should also take Government policy and guidance on the historic environment into account when forming development proposals.

Key elements of the policy include:

  • Encouraging a positive and proactive approach to managing change in the historic environment, enabling development and securing best viable use;
  • Ensuring the special qualities of the historic environment are protected, conserved and enhanced. This should cover statutory and non-statutory designations, while recognising that the latter, such as archaeological remains, can be a material consideration in the planning process.
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Conservation Areas

 

Designations, cancellations and variations to Conservation Areas should be notified to Scottish Ministers via Historic Scotland by means of a map, preferably a GIS shapefile. Historic Scotland will then update their GIS system to take account of any changes. Please send by email to: hs.urban@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or post to: Historic Scotland, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH .

Article 4 Directions

Confirmation of an Article 4 Direction should be sent to Scottish Government Planning Decisions Unit, Directorate for the Built Environment, 2H South, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ

Contact

For further information on Historic Environment please contact:

Jane Smith
0131 244 7530