BPF backs heritage consultation

The British Property Federation (BPF) has welcomed an English Heritage consultation on future guidance for dealing with planning applications in historic environments.

English Heritage is seeking views on three Historic Practice Good Practice Advice Notes published on 11 July. They relate to local plans, decision making and the setting of heritage assets.

The notes are intended to help local planning authorities, heritage consultants, developers and owners to implement historic environment policy in the National Planning Policy Framework and the related elements of the recently published Planning Practice Guidance.

The BPF, which represents property developers and portfolio managers, said it was important that the development around heritage sites is dealt with sensitively and backed efforts for English Heritage and the development community to work more closely together.

Liz Peace, chief executive of the BPF, said:

“The UK has a unique and rich heritage and it is only right that buildings of historical importance should be conserved where possible, while, at the same time, promoting the construction of new properties, so that there is the perfect fusion of both old and new in our modern society.”

The consultation period ends on 5 September. To take part in the consultation go to English Heritage.

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