Historic Buildings and Archaeology
Dartmoor is home to 2,750 listed buildings, 1,082 ancient scheduled monuments and 25 Conservation Areas recognised for their architectural and historic interest. There are also many historic buildings and features which are not statutorily designated, but can be of equal significance and worthy of conservation.
Listed Buildings are afforded statutory protection because of their architecture and/or historic interest. This protection includes the interior and the exterior and anything attached to the building, meaning that any alterations, both internal and external, may require consent.
Conservation Areas define parts of a settlement of particular historic interest and are an important consideration when considering development proposals.
Preserving physical remains of the past is an important function of the planning system. In areas of archaeological potential it may be necessary to carry out on-site investigation prior to construction works commencing.