Protection of historic statues, plaques, memorials and monuments
On 17 January 2021 the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced new laws to protect England’s cultural and historic heritage, described as the most significant new protection since the 1967 Civic Amenities Act established Conservation Areas
The new legal protections mean that historic statues should be ‘retained and explained’ for future generations. Individuals who want to remove any historic statue, will require listed building consent or planning permission. This will protect 20,000 statues and monuments throughout England.
If a local authority intends to grant permission for the removal of a statue and Historic England objects, the Communities Secretary will be notified so he can make the final decision about the application in question.
Robert Jenrick said: “For hundreds of years, public statues and monuments have been erected across the country to celebrate individuals and great moments in British history. They reflected the people’s preferences at the time, not a single, official narrative or doctrine. They are hugely varied, some loved, some reviled, but all part of the weft and weave of our uniquely rich history and built environment. We cannot – and should not – now try to edit or censor our past. That’s why I am changing the law to protect historic monuments and ensure we don’t repeat the errors of previous generations, losing our inheritance of the past without proper care.
Culture Secretary Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP said: “I strongly believe that we should learn from our past – in order to retain and explain our rich history. The decisions we make now will shape the environment inherited by our children and grandchildren. It is our duty to preserve our culture and heritage for future generations and these new laws will help to do so.”
- Building Preservation Notice.
- Certificate of immunity.
- Conservation areas.
- Conservation officer.
- Designated areas.
- Heritage at Risk Register.
- Historic England.
- IHBC responds to supporting defence infrastructure and the future of time-limited permitted development rights.
- Listed buildings.
- Local interest list.
- Planning permission.
- Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
- Tree preservation orders.
- Scheduled monument.
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The Heritage Sector Resilience Plan, developed by the Historic Environment Forum (HEF) with the support of Historic England, has been launched.
An ‘All-Island’ commitment to Ireland’s vernacular heritage has been established with the signing of the North South Agreement on Vernacular Heritage, supporting traditional buildings etc.
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The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has announced a new project with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to improve and modernise the home energy rating scheme used to measure the energy and environmental performance of UK homes.
Sector lead the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has recognised the IHBC’s professional accreditation and support (CPD etc.) in awarding its PQP (Professionally Qualified Person) cards.
Work to repair a fire-hit medieval hotel in Gloucester is underway as crews have started work to strip back some of the modern trappings and reveal the historic framework.
The Secretariat to the European Heritage Heads Forum has has coordinated its declaration of solidarity and support for Ukraine’s cultural heritage institutions.
2022 will see the IHBC mark a quarter of a century since our incorporation as a professional body supporting and accrediting built and historic environment conservation specialists. We’re kick-starting it by inviting your ideas on how to mark this special year!