Significance of heritage assets: planing policy and conservation plans

Tuesday 20 June 2017


The course

The Government’s objectives for the historic environment include: ‘to conserve England’s heritage assets in a manner appropriate to their significance.’
Therefore, the first step in managing change in the historic environment is to understand the significance of its assets. These may be objects, buildings or whole landscapes.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires applicants to provide information on significance. For more complex cases, such as grant applications, a full conservation plan will be necessary.

The course will consider:

  • How to define the significance of a heritage asset
  • How to understand the potential impact of development proposals on significance, and
  • How to use significance as the basis for policies and proposals in conservation plans

The tutor

Eddie Booth BA DipUD MRTPI IHBC FSA is a planner and urban designer.  His career started in the Historic Buildings Policy Division of the (then) Department of the Environment.  He subsequently worked for local authorities at Richmond-upon-Thames and Calderdale before joining English Heritage as an Historic Areas Adviser.  Since 1998, he has been a Director of The Conservation Studio, providing consultancy services in conservation to the public sector.

Participant information

No special clothing or equipment is required for this course.


£115 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees and a light lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 50 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.