Enabling Development publication

Royal Holloway

This document supersedes the previous document as from September 25th 2008. English Heritage’s Policy Statement and Practical Guide to Assessment: Enabling Development and the conservation of heritage assets has provided a standard approach to considering enabling development since its publication in June 2001. We have now decided to update this guidance in light of practical experience, changing legislation, some additional issues that have emerged, and a greater number of relevant reports and decisions by the Planning Inspectorate.

It should be stressed that the policy approach itself has not changed, although its wording has been updated to align with our Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance for the Sustainable management of the historic environment (April 2008). There is also a short synopsis of the principal differences between the existing and new edition.

What's New?

  • Britain was the world’s first industrial nation and has a wealth of industrial heritage but many industrial sites have been lost or are at risk due to functional redundancy. English Heritage's survey has shown that the percentage of listed industrial buildings at risk is three times greater than the national average for listed buildings at risk.
  • The value of a well managed, protected and appreciated historic environment to both our quality of life and to the economy is well established. Heritage tourism contributes £20.6 billion to GDP a year whilst research shows that 93% of people think that in improving their local place it is important to save heritage assets.