Detailed Heritage Settings Assessment
A Detailed Heritage Settings Assessment is employed when works involve potential impact to the setting of a Heritage Asset (e.g. a Listed Building, Scheduled Monument or Conservation Area). It will assess the historic character and heritage significance of the land surrounding a site.
Setting is defined in the NPPF as ‘the surroundings in which a heritage asset is experienced’ – it is one of the contributors to the significance of a heritage asset.
These surveys provide an understanding of the historic landscape context for a site, taking into account data from Historic Environment Records, Historic Landscape Character Surveys and broad-brush map regression.
Once the history and baseline setting of a site are established, an assessment will then be able to consider accurately the likely degree of change to the setting and significance of a heritage asset associated with a development proposal. This will provide the Local Planning Authority with clear information on the potential impacts to the significance of heritage assets.
Detailed Settings Assessments are carried out in-line with the Historic England document ‘Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning: 3 – The Setting of Heritage Assets’ and in line with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Standard and Guidance for Historic Environment Desk Based Assessment.
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