Communities Secretary has announced new laws to protect England’s cultural and historic heritage.
New laws to protect England’s cultural and historic heritage have been announced by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick today (17 January 2021).
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 now 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 about the application in question.
Historic England and the Secretary of State will apply the new policy of “retain and explain”, meaning historic statues will only be removed in the most exceptional circumstances.
Many unlisted heritage assets are of interest, significance and pride to the local communities in which they are erected and it is right that protections are put in place for them.
These new laws will protect 20,000 statues and monuments throughout England for future generations.
These landmark legal changes come in the tradition of previous landmark heritage protection laws such as the Civic Amenities Act 1967 and the Town & Country Planning Act 1947.
Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
Culture Secretary Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP said:
The new rules will also apply to unlisted historic plaques, memorials or monuments which will also require planning permission and Historic England to be informed.