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Heritage Assets

Heritage assets are the parts of the environment that we value for their historic, architectural, artistic and archaeological interest.

Those of national significance can be designated as listed buildings, scheduled monuments, registered parks and gardens, protected wreck sites and registered battlefields. Those of international significance can be designated as world heritage sites. Conservation areas are designated locally and are classed as heritage assets in their own right. There are also many heritage assets which do not meet the strict criteria for national designation but are of local value, these can be recognised on a local list.