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Heritage, conservation, landscape and archaeology

Historic heritage conservation

The historic environment is an essential part of South Somerset's rich cultural heritage; contributing to the sense of identity and quality of life in the district, the local economy and the well-being of our residents and visitors. Whether in the form of individual buildings, archaeological sites, historic market towns or landscapes, the conservation of this heritage and sustaining it for the benefit of future generations is an important aspect of the role we play on behalf of the community.

The components of the historic environment are known as 'Heritage Assets'. These are buildings, monuments, sites, areas or landscapes identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions.

To search the register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England - listed buildings, scheduled monuments, protected wrecks, registered parks and gardens, and battlefields on The National Heritage List for England (NHLE), visit the Historic England website.

Our own heritage strategy is set out in our Historic environment strategy.

The Somerset HER is a record of the known historic environment in Somerset, excluding Exmoor National Park.


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