Historic parks and gardens are ‘heritage assets’ for planning purposes. Local planning authorities must therefore consult statutory consultees on planning applications that may affect historic designed landscapes in England and Wales that are on the Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. The Gardens Trust is a statutory consultee and in Devon devolves this responsibility to Devon Gardens Trust for planning applications affecting designed landscapes in Devon.
The Gardens Trust has published a guidance leaflet to explain the place of historic designed landscapes in the planning system, the importance of assessing significance, the statutory consultation obligations, and the role of the Gardens Trust and the county gardens trusts. Local planning authorities are central to the process of ensuring that the protection afforded to historic designed landscapes by the National Planning Policy Framework is implemented effectively and sustainably. This leaflet is intended primarily to help local planning authorities, but is freely available to all.
You can download a copy of the leaflet here