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.”
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Building Preservation Notice.
- Certificate of immunity.
- Conservation areas.
- Conservation officer.
- Designated areas.
- Heritage at Risk Register.
- Historic England.
- Listed buildings.
- Local interest list.
- Planning permission.
- Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
- Tree preservation orders.
- Scheduled monument.
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