The Council’s own policies on heritage, contained within the
Bassetlaw Core Strategy and Development
Management Policies DPD, emphasise the importance of preserving
and enhancing the district’s heritage assets, both designated and
non-designated. Government guidance (contained in the National
Planning Policy Framework) makes it clear that the effect of a
proposal on the significance of a non-designated heritage asset
should be taken into account in determining the application. The
document below sets out the process through which the District
Planning Authority will identify heritage assets, via a set of
criteria consistent with Government policy and associated guidance
from English Heritage.
In terms of how to use this guidance, as a starting point, the
public are advised to contact the District Councils Conservation team prior to any application which
they may believe affects a heritage asset.
A heritage asset may comprise a building, structure, historic
settlement, archaeological site or landscape/landscape feature.
With regard to the criteria used by the Council to identify
heritage assets, guidance contained in the
National Planning Policy Framework and
that published by English Heritage suggests that a heritage asset
must have either historic, archaeological, architectural or
artistic interest. It must also have a degree of significance,
either through its rarity, representativeness, aesthetic appeal,
integrity or association with groups or individuals in the past.
This draft guidance document clarifies each of the categories of
interest and degrees of significance and puts forward a process of
heritage asset identification to be used by the District Planning
Authority. This guidance will also help members of the public to
identify the heritage assets that may be affected by their
development proposals, particularly using a form at the end of this
Non-Designated Heritage Assets - Criteria (July 2012