Law and the Historic Environment

Course details

From £216.50

Wed 06 Mar 2019
9.00am - 4.45pm

Law and the Historic Environment


Anybody conducting or planning investigations of the historic environment will be confronted by a wide range of issues that may have legal consequences. This course provides an introduction for all who need to gain a broad understanding of the main legislative, regulatory and policy regimes for the historic environment, the ways in which those regimes are being applied at present, and the implications in practice for those working in the area. 

The course is designed for those responsible for the supervision and conduct of historic environment investigations, whether in the professional or voluntary sectors. This will include those holding, or working towards, supervisory or higher levels of responsibility within professional practices, as well as those in curatorial or consultancy roles.

The course will cover the law of England and Wales only. Health and Safety will not be covered in this course.


Programme details


09.00     Registration and coffee

09.30     Welcome and Introduction

09.45     Law and the Historic Environment: introduction & overview

10.00     What the law protects

-              Listed buildings/the extent of listing

-              Scheduled monuments

-              Conservation areas

-              Parks/gardens/battlefields

-              World Heritage Sites

-              Non-designated assets 

11.00     Coffee/tea         

11.30     Development control and the Historic Environment

-              Planning applications

o             Overview

o             The National Planning Policy Framework

o             Environmental Impact Assessment

o             Planning Conditions/Section 106 Agreements

o             Development affecting heritage assets/setting

o             Demolition in conservation areas

o             Archaeology

-              Listed building consent

-              Scheduled monument consent  NH

13.00     Lunch   

14.00     Archaeological Investigations: Things to be aware of (1)

-              Ownership

-              Treasure

-              Protected species and habitats

-              Contamination

-              Landscape designation (AONBs/SSSIs etc)            

14.30     Archaeological Investigations: Things to be aware of (2)

-              Human remains               

15.00     Practical exercise

15.30     Tea/coffee

16.00     Feedback from practical exercise             

16.15     General discussion and questions

 16.45    Course ends



Accommodation is not included in the price, but depending on availability it may be possible to stay at Rewley House before the course.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email  for details of availability and prices.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.


Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £216.50
Baguette: £4.90
Hot Lunch: £14.00


Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking. Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email:



Mr Robin Barnes


Associate, Planning, Maples Teesdale Solicitors 

Caroline May


Partner and Head of Safety and Environment at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Mr Nigel Hewitson

Course Director

Nigel Hewitson, Consultant at Gowling WLG. Nigel Hewitson was Legal Director of English Heritage from 2001-2006 and is joint author of ‘Mynors and Hewitson’ (Listed Buildings and Other Heritage Assets, Sweet and Maxwell (5th edn), 2017), the standard reference work for lawyers, planners and all others working in this area on the law concerning the protection of listed buildings and other heritage assets in the UK.

Mr Roger M Thomas

Course Director

Barrister and Archaeologist