Policy 08: Historic environment

What are we trying to achieve?

We want to protect and enhance the character, authenticity, integrity, setting and views of the internationally acclaimed historic environment and its heritage assets.

What is the issue?

Heritage assets are an irreplaceable resource therefore any changes to them must be carefully considered to understand the implications of change. Many buildings and structures of historic importance are at risk of falling into disrepair as they are no longer required for their original purposes yet they are important heritage assets and reinforce local distinctiveness therefore we need to consider how alternative uses can retain important buildings by giving them a new use.

Our suggested approach

We will continue to seek to protect and enhance the historic environment and its heritage assets.

We will encourage sympathetic reuse of buildings.

Where the loss of a heritage asset is justified we will seek public benefits including investigation, recording and appropriate interpretation of the asset.

Policy 08: Historic environment

We will seek to protect and enhance the character, authenticity, integrity, setting and views of the internationally acclaimed historic environment and its heritage assets including:

  • designated heritage assets on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, or on the Schedule of Monuments; Registered Parks, Gardens and Battlefields; Conservation Areas; or World Heritage Sites;
  • locally important sites and features identified on the Lake District Historic Environment Record;
  • buildings of heritage interest which are not statutorily designated, including local lists of buildings of heritage interest;
  • the historic character of settlements. 

Where appropriate, we will encourage the sympathetic reuse of buildings of archaeological or historic importance, which make a positive contribution to the landscape character or historic environment, and which reinforce local distinctiveness and sense of place. Where alterations to a building of archaeological or historic importance are proposed, these must be sympathetic to the character, form, and original purpose.

Where there is clear and convincing justification for the loss or partial loss of a heritage asset we will seek public benefits by requiring developers to investigate, record the feature affected and propose interpretation opportunities appropriate to the scale and level of likely interest of the heritage asset.

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It’s really important that residents, businesses and stakeholders get involved during the consultation phase to tell us if you think what we are suggesting is right. Your answers to the questions in this survey will help us consider everyone's views and to re-draft the plan where necessary. Consultation closes on Friday 29 June.

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