Conserving and enhancing the character of Dartmoor’s historic built environment and historic vernacular

What does success look like?

Dartmoor’s historic built environment and historic vernacular is in good condition, widely appreciated and understood.

Records are comprehensive, accurate and up to date with quality contributions to the record being made by well-resourced professionals, working across organisations and alongside capable amateurs and stakeholder communities.

How will this be achieved?

We will achieve conservation and enhancement by ensuring that the condition of designated heritage assets, including listed buildings, registered parks and gardens and conservation areas are monitored, improved and maintained by:

  • Continuing to maintain an up-to-date Buildings at Risk Register and seek resources to reduce the number of vulnerable buildings from the list
  • Improving awareness of the condition of Dartmoor’s Listed Buildings through a rolling survey of Listed Buildings and the quinquennial buildings and structures at risk survey
  • Expanding our rolling survey of listed buildings and structures to assess registered parks and gardens and conservation areas by 2024. Each park, garden or conservation area being treated as a whole
  • Adding to the existing data held on individual properties, by 2024, so that they will be fully geographically referenced and indexed to the corresponding reference numbers of Historic England’s designation register

Partners will achieve conservation and enhancement by working with Historic England and other stakeholders to make amendments to the list of designated buildings, structures, parks and gardens, including the following priorities:

  • Over the last 20 years a number of listed buildings have been subject to damage by fire. We will work with Historic England to evaluate the appropriate amendment of designation of these buildings
  • Newly identified buildings, structures and sites which have sufficient architectural, historic, archaeological or artistic interest to meet national criteria will be promoted to Historic England for appropriate protection
  • Where buildings, structures and sites which are considered to no longer meet the national criteria removal from protection will be sought, enabling appropriate focus on what is special within Dartmoor.

We will achieve conservation and enhancement by reviewing and updating Dartmoor’s conservation area appraisals, and working with local communities to maintain their character and appearance, including the following actions:

  • By the end of 2021 we will have reviewed each of the 25 Conservation Area Character Appraisals (Appraisals) in relation to their currency and established a programme of update and revision. This review will also state where documents and the designated area remain current and amendment is not required.
  • Following the identification of documents to be revised we will work with local communities towards the updating of documents and boundaries (as necessary) and the production of management proposals and action plans for each conservation area.