Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for the Historic Environmen

21 December 2016

Back in 2011 the heritage society was provided with links so that the original planning and legislative documents relevant to the Northstowe development could be accessed by the general public. Following on from our investigations into the latest threat to Longstanton’s conservation area (see earlier post) it is clear that the links below are no longer accessible to the general public. It is unclear why this should be the case unless SCDC have implemented a new system of accessing planning files. Until the reasoning is made clear the links below will remain as a reminder that in the past SCDC did not restrict access to these important public documents and decisions. The society does not know whether Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for the Historic Environment has been replaced by more recent legislation. We will try to find out but in the meantime the post below remains as a historic record of what policy was while Northstowe was being planned. The heritage society hopes that the value attributed to heritage has not been undermined over the last few years.

If any one can find links that work to current legislation please can you message them to our Facebook page.


Post Date: 2010

A current policy relevant to the Northstowe development and the conservation of our heritage is Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for the Historic Environment. 

This policy was adopted in March 2010 and must be applied to all planning applications, including Northstowe.  An understanding of PPS5 is vital if the heritage of the Northstowe site, with its abundance of surviving archaeological and WW2 heritage assets, is to be protected.

Archaeology is a material consideration in the planning process and this status was confirmed with the adoption in 2010 of Planning Policy PPS5: Planning and the Historic Environment. PPS5 states that any development must consider the significance of the historic environment and the impact of development upon it. CCC Historic Environment Team undertakes the formal assessment of the impact of planning applications upon archaeology and will put forward proposals for necessary mitigation. The Historic Environment Record (HER) provides the information they need to carry out this planning function.

PPS5 has increased the emphasis on public involvement with the planning process, both in assessing the significance of heritage and taking a role in the process as a whole. Developers and planners are encouraged to take into account the views of local residents and groups. Adoption of PPS5 means it is now recognised that significance and importance have a greater meaning than the “official” level of designation.

Planning officers and committees are obliged to consider all representations and people are encouraged to get involved with the planning process in their area. It is after all local residents who tend to know an area best. It is also in the interests of local residents to ensure that any development is an asset to the local area.

PPS5 has ensured that locals must be listened to and it obliges developers and planners to seek viable alternative uses for heritage assets. Please take a look at PPS5 today.

To access details of this planning policy please use the link below:

To access planning applications for this area go to the South Cambridgeshire District Council website. See link below: