Heritage partnership agreements HPA
Heritage partnership agreements (HPA) are non-statutory agreements which formalise an understanding of the significance of heritage assets, and in particular identify aspects of listed buildings that are not of interest.
There is no obligation to enter into a heritage partnership agreement, but they can be used to help:
- Reduce doubt about the significance of different aspects of buildings and clarify which parts can be changed without affecting their significance.
- Reduce the need to obtain consent for proposed works.
- Improve management.
- Increase the likelihood of obtaining consent where is it required.
On 6 April 2014, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (ERR) 2013 introduced a number of changes to the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, including the introduction of Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreements. These are agreements between the local planning authority and the owners of a listed building allowing listed building consent for specified works (other than demolition), which would otherwise require several consents.
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 External references
- DCMS, The Operation of the Ecclesiastical Exemption and related planning matters for places of worship in England Guidance, July 2010.
- English Heritage, Good practice advice note, drawing up listed building heritage partnership agreements. 26 March 2014.
- The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Heritage Partnership Agreements) Regulations 2014.
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