Historic buildings definition
- Listed buildings.
- Buildings situated in conservation areas.
- Buildings which are of architectural and historical interest and which are referred to as a material consideration in a local authority’s development plan.
- Buildings of architectural and historical interest within national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, and world heritage sites.
- Vernacular buildings of traditional form and construction.
An historic building is generally considered to be a building or structure that has some kind of 'historic value', i.e. people in the present are connected to it via past events in some way. This value warrants it being afforded consideration in planning decisions that have to be made concerning it.
A building may hold special historic interest because of its importance with respect to a particular historical event or period, or be associated with nationally important people. Alternatively, there might be special historic interest in the building itself, i.e. its construction methods, design, architectural significance, and so on.
‘For the purposes of the interpretation of the energy efficiency requirements of the Building Regulations, Approved Documents L1B and L2B, and this series of documents, ‘historic buildings’ are defined as those which meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Listed in accordance with section 1 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 at Grades I, II* or II.
- In a conservation area designated in accordance with section 69 of that Act.
- Included in the schedule of monuments maintained under section 1 of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.
- Buildings which are of architectural and historical interest and which are referred to as a material consideration in a local authority’s development plan or local development framework.
- Buildings which are of architectural and historical interest within national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, registered historic parks and gardens, registered battlefields, the curtilages of scheduled ancient monuments, and world heritage sites.’
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