Guidance and policies for community groups

Pillars of the Community: The transfer of local authority heritage assets

English Heritage with others in the historic environment sector published in 2010 Pillars of the Community, a web-based guidance document aimed at both local authorities and community organisations. It will also be relevant to transfers from central government and other public sector bodies. This is being revised at present.

Understanding Place: Conservation Area Designation, Appraisal and Management

This revised guidance by English Heritage, published in draft in 2011, sets out ways to manage change in a way that conserves and enhances historic areas through conservation area designation, appraisal and management.

The Setting of Heritage Assets

This English Heritage guidance document, published in 2012, sets out how to manage changes within the setting of heritage assets, including archaeological remains and historic buildings, sites, areas, and landscapes.

Neighbourhood planning

Information from DCLG on what neighbourhood planning is, why it matters, how it works, and sources of advice and support available for communities. In addition there are the English Heritage guidance notes referred to above.


Placecheck is a method of taking the first steps in deciding how to improve an area. Placechecks are often able to kick-start change in a way that might not otherwise be possible. They can lead community groups to do anything from litter clear-up days to neighbourhood planning.

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