From Stonehenge to the mills of the Industrial Revolution, and from Norman castles to the site of the first TV transmission: in each generation, a small number of exceptional places mark and celebrate human architectural achievement, define an era, mark an important struggle or push new ideas to the limit. It is appropriate and necessary to make careful decisions about the future of these places and their protection.
This country’s system for heritage protection has two essential parts:
- Identifying heritage through designation
- Protecting it through the planning system by using different kinds of consent such as listed building consent