HE5 Development affecting the Setting of a Listed Building

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Policy HE5 Development affecting the Setting of a Listed Building

Planning permission will not be granted for development which would adversely affect the setting of a listed building. Development proposals will only be considered appropriate where they meet the General Policy, accord with other provisions of the LDP and all the following criteria are met:

  1. the proposed development is sympathetic to the special characteristics of the listed building and its setting in regard to height, scale, form, massing, alignment, materials and finishes;
  2. the proposed development does not result in the significant loss of key public views of the listed building; and
  3. the nature of the proposed use respects the character and setting of the listed building.

Justification and Amplification

The term ‘setting’ applies to the physical space that is part of and contributes to the significance and distinctive character of a heritage asset, and through which the asset may be seen, experienced, understood and enjoyed57. The setting of a listed building is often integral to its significant character. The design and siting of new building(s) and how they relate to the listed building is particularly critical. The setting is more than the immediate surroundings of a site or building and may be related to the function or use of a place, or how it was intended to fit into the landscape or townscape, the quality of the setting and the extent to which the proposed development and the listed building will be experienced in juxtaposition. The extent to which proposals will be required to comply with the criteria will be influenced by the following factors:

  • the character and quality of the listed building;
  • the proximity of the proposal to it;
  • the character and quality of the setting;
  • the extent to which the proposed development and the listed building will be experienced in juxtaposition; and
  • how the setting of the heritage asset is understood, seen, experienced and enjoyed and the impact of the proposal on it.

Although the setting of a listed building is not solely defined by its views, it remains important that new development should not interrupt key views of, from or to a listed building. New development should not dominate the listed building or detract from it in a way that diminishes the understanding and appreciation of the listed building. It should also be noted that development can potentially affect the setting of a listed building when it is located within the setting but out of sight of the listed building(s).

  • 57 - https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/communities/guidance-on-setting-and-the-historic-environment.pdf

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