Scheduled monuments are statutorily designated and protected archaeological sites of national importance. There are 27 Scheduled Monuments in the Telford and Wrekin area, ranging from Wall Camp, an Iron Age fort, a 12th century Augustinian Abbey at Lilleshall, to the world renowned Iron Bridge in the Gorge.
Scheduled monuments are amongst the rarest and frequently the most fragile heritage assets in the country. They are irreplaceable and so there is an expectation that they will be handed down to future generations largely unchanged. Scheduled monument consent is therefore required from Historic England and failure to do so is an offence. This consent is dealt with by Historic England directly and not through the Council, although the usual need for any relevant planning permissions would still apply.
Visit the Historic England website for more information about scheduled monuments.
Registered parks and gardens
Registered Parks and Gardens are designated by Historic England for being nationally important planned landscapes, which might include the major landscaped gardens or parks of country houses, but also public parks or cemeteries. They flag up historical designed landscapes rather than natural or botanical interest. Within Telford and Wrekin Borough, there are 3 at Chetwynd Park, Lilleshall Hall and Oreton Hall.
No additional planning permissions are required within these parks or gardens, but they are a material consideration in the planning process and the designation flags up when we need to give their historic landscape importance particular attention.
Visit the Historic England website for more information about registered parks and gardens.
Non-designated heritage assets
Other sites that do not have statutory (legal) designations, but nevertheless have heritage significance that should be taken into account when making planning decisions, are known as ‘non-designated heritage assets’.
The vast majority of sites of archaeological interest or potential are not covered by a statutory designation and fall under this category but are an important consideration in the planning process.
Telford & Wrekin’s Archaeological Service is provided by Shropshire Council. They manage the Historic Environment Record and provide advice to the Development Management Team on relevant planning applications. If an archaeological condition has been placed on a planning permission they will be able to provide advice on what you need to do.
Non-designated heritage assets are not confined purely to archaeological sites. Telford & Wrekin buildings of local interest are non-designated heritage assets and other sites or places may be identified as having significance during the planning process.