The Legislative Framework - AR842

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 30 (15) DR T Brittain-Catlin







This module explores the policies and legislation that guide the preservation of historic sites, and the modern administrative framework of conservation. Focusing on the UK heritage protection and planning systems, the module's lectures and seminars will examine various kinds of statutory designation. The aim is to provide a thorough examination of the notions of the listed building, the scheduled archaeological site, the conservation area and the registered landscape. Particular emphasis will be put on the role of conservation in the National Planning Policy Framework and on the mechanisms through which the development of historic sites is authorised. This will involve an investigation of the challenges associated with planning permissions, and listed building consent. The module will offer the opportunity to explore the systems through which conservation is financed and managed. Guest speakers will introduce the students to the available grants that assist building conservation and area regeneration. The module will also familiarise the students with procurement strategies, as well as with conservation contracts, methods of valuation, and cost planning.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

30 hours

Method of assessment

Heritage statement exercise 4000 words (100%)

Indicative reading

Crawford, Alan, C.R. Ashbee, London & New Haven: Yale UP, 2005

Cullingworth B, and Nadin, V., Town and Country Planning in the UK, Abingdon: Routledge, 2006, ISBN 978-0415358101

Forshaw, J.H., and Abercrombie, P., County of London Plan, London (LCC), 1943.

Howard, Ebenezer (Hall, Peter, ed), To-Morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform, Abingdon: Routledge, 2003

McCarthy, Fiona, William Morris: A life for our time, London: Faber & Faber, 2010

Mynors, C., Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and Monuments, Sweet and Maxwell: London 1998

Ruskin, John, The Seven Lamps of Architecture, London 1849

Thurley, Simon, Men from the Ministry, London & New Haven: Yale UP, 2013,

Walker, R., The Cambridgeshire Guide to Historic Building Law, Cambridge City Council, 1995

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8.1 A systematic understanding of historical approaches in Europe, and especially Britain, to the significance of the conservation of buildings.

8.2 An understanding of the national and international statutory frameworks for enacting, funding and maintaining building conservation.

8.3 An understanding of the concept of historic environments.

8.4 Practical experience in the reading and writing of Heritage Statements.

8.5 An understanding of the administration and procurement strategies for conservation projects.

8.6 An understanding of current funding mechanisms and the generation of investment in the historic environment through private sponsorship and grant scheme administration.

8.7 An understanding of the socio-economic impact of historic site regeneration.

9.1 An ability to critically apply theories, research and analysis to the ideas, development and quality of projects.

9.2 An ability to communicate effectively, using a range of communication skills.

9.3 An ability to comprehensively understand the nature of differing types of documentation used in planning and analysis.

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