New protection for ancient monuments

29/01/2021

New laws to protect England's cultural and historic heritage have been announced by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick.

All historic statues, plaques and other monuments will now require full planning permission to remove, ensuring due process and local consultation in every case

On the controversial issue of statues, the new legal protections mean that historic statues should be 'retained and explained' for future generations.  Individuals who want to remove any historic statue, whether listed or not, will require listed building consent or planning permission.  Under the new regulations, if the council intends to grant permission for removal of a particular statue and Historic England objects, the Communities Secretary will be notified so he can make the final decision.

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