Historic Battlefields

Britain’s historic battlefields are a precious and unique part of our history. They provide an important link to our country’s past and their protection is central to our understanding of our heritage. Therefore, I believe it is vital that they are conserved.

Here in Scotland, planning is a devolved matter, and therefore the protection of battlefields is the responsibility of the Scottish Government and local government. Historic Environment Scotland maintain a list of battlefields considered to be of national significance, known as the Inventory of Historic Battlefields, which includes Culloden. Battlefields on the inventory are material considerations in the planning process, which means that they must be taken into account when deciding planning applications.

I know that in England, where the UK Government is responsible for planning law, the planning system also protects historic battlefields. Historically significant battlefields there can be added to Historic England's Register of Historic Battlefields, which currently lists 47 battlefields, including Bosworth and Tewkesbury. 43 of these are currently deemed not to be at any risk at all.