Heritage at Risk
What is Heritage at Risk?
With the publication of Historic England's 2017 Heritage at Risk Register now is a good time to explain what the Heritage at Risk Programme is and how it affects our part of London.
The Heritage at Risk Programme (HAR) was launched by Historic England (then English Heritage) in 2008. It is updated every year and each regional Register includes designated heritage assets that are classed as being ‘at risk.’ Designated heritage assets include historic buildings, places of worship, archaeological sites (scheduled monuments), registered parks and gardens, conservation areas, registered battlefields and protected wreck sites. Uniquely, the London Register includes all historic buildings or structures listed at Grade II as well as those listed at Grade I or Grade II*. There are no protected wreck sites in London.
The purpose of the Heritage at Risk Programme, as outlined on Historic England’s website, is to ‘identify those sites that are most at risk of being lost as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development.’ The causes of deterioration can be both natural or man made. Nationally, there were 5,254 heritage assets ‘at risk’ in 2017. This is compared to 5,341 nationally in 2016 and 5,478 nationally in 2015. The good news is that Historic England's target to reduce the number of entries that were on the Register in 2015 by 15% has been met a year early.
The 2017 Heritage at Risk Register for London includes 683 heritage assets. This figure includes 42 buildings and sites removed from the Register and 45 buildings and sites added to the Register. There were 67 heritage assets ‘at risk’ within the London Boroughs of Hounslow, Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth. The majority of these sites (57) were building and structure entries (excluding places of worship).
With sources of funding becoming ever more of a challenge, the Register allows Historic England to identify and focus on those heritage assets at greatest risk. Its aim, working with both local and national partners, is to reduce the numbers of heritage assets on the Register.
Find out more about Historic England's Heritage at Risk Programme
About Historic England’s Regional Capacity Building Programme
Historic England’s Regional Capacity Building Programme offers funding for local and regional projects that promote the understanding, management and conservation of the historic environment. Follow this link to read more
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