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Guide published for heritage in neighbourhood plans

Words: Laura Edgar
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New guidance has been published to show local communities how heritage can be incorporated into neighbourhood plans.

The National Trust’s Guide to Heritage in Neighbourhood Plans is intended to help communities to take a lead in planning for historic areas by enabling them to identify and safeguard local heritage in the places in which they live, work and spend their leisure time.

Karin Taylor, head of planning at the National Trust, said: “As the guardian of many special places, the National Trust understands the benefits that historic features can bring to places and people.

“By creating a neighbourhood plan, communities can create general planning policies for development of land in their area. Through this, they have an opportunity to create a vision for the future of their area, agreeing what is special and how local character can be preserved and enhanced.

“Our new guide describes how heritage can be incorporated into neighbourhood plans. This includes guidance on collecting your evidence base, engaging with wider stakeholders, the statutory process and planning for heritage.”

Guide to Heritage in Neighbourhood Plans comprises guidance on: planning policy and designations; advice on providing an appropriate and effective evidence base that supports the heritage aspect in neighbourhood plan policies; and a range of tools for assessing design, character and sustainability.

It also briefly outlines the neighbourhood plan process, from designation of a neighbourhood area right through to the adoption of the plan.

Anyone involved in neighbourhood planning, and people with an interest in planning heritage, will be able to use the guide.

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