Cadw’s historic environment online resources: Best practice guidance publications

housesCADW’s most recent publications and best practice guidance on the sustainable management of the Welsh historic environment are available online:

image of Llanfairfechan from Cadw website

Publications and descriptions include:

  • Managing Change in World Heritage Sites in Wales sets out general principles for understanding and managing World Heritage Sites in Wales, including how they are protected through the planning system.
  • Managing Change to Listed Buildings in Wales sets out general principles to consider when making changes to listed buildings and explains how to apply for listed building consent, including the roles and responsibilities of owners, local planning authorities and the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service (Cadw).
  • Managing Conservation Areas in Wales sets out the policy context for the designation and management of conservation areas and the duties of local planning authorities. It also identifies key aspects of best practice for their designation and appraisal, including the participation of stakeholders and the development of local policies for positive management and enhancement so that their character and appearance are preserved and enhanced.
  • Heritage Impact Assessment in Wales sets out the general principles to consider when planning changes to historic assets and applying for listed building and conservation area consent.
  • Managing Lists of Historic Assets of Special Local Interest in Wales sets out general principles and good practice for preparing and managing lists of local historic assets — including criteria, nomination, consultation, validation, appeals and monitoring — and provides guidance on their use in the planning system.
  • Managing Listed Buildings at Risk in Wales outlines the critical relationship between a building’s use, ownership and condition, and how the careful balance between these elements can be managed to ensure a sustainable future. It also outlines the roles and responsibilities of owners, the Welsh Government and local authorities. It shows how policies and programmes to manage listed buildings at risk can be successful, but also explains the statutory powers that can be used to protect listed buildings at risk where appropriate.
  • Setting of Historic Assets in Wales explains what setting is, how it contributes to the significance of a historic asset and why it is important. It also outlines the principles used to assess the potential impact of development or land management proposals within the settings of World Heritage Sites, ancient monuments (scheduled and unscheduled), listed buildings, registered historic parks and gardens, and conservation areas.
  • Managing Change to Registered Historic Parks and Gardens in Wales sets out general principles to follow when considering changes that may have an impact on registered historic parks and gardens. It explains the status of the register of historic parks and gardens in Wales and its place in the planning system, including the roles and responsibilities of owners, local planning authorities, amenity societies and the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service (Cadw). Although the register is statutory, registration does not introduce any new consent regimes.
  • Managing Historic Character in Wales explains why it is important to recognise historic character and use it as an evidence base for conservation, regeneration and planning work. It shows how policies and programmes to manage change can take inspiration from the past to help create and sustain distinctive places for the future. Managing Historic Character in Wales, together with Managing Lists of Historic Assets of Special Local Interest in Wales, focuses on those aspects of local heritage that have considerable value for local communities, including those that are not designated for their special national interest or importance.

Statutory guidance

  • Historic Environment Records in Wales: Compilation and Use has been issued by the Welsh Ministers as statutory guidance for local and National Park authorities in Wales and Natural Resources Wales under powers in the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016. It explains how those public bodies may contribute to the compilation of historic environment records and how they should use historic environment records in the exercise of their functions.

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