Finding New Uses for Former Military Land

Thursday 6 February 2020, 9:30am
at Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Event registration is now closed


This course will prepare local authorities for dealing with issues around the conservation of heritage assets when they comprise former military land. The impetus for the course relates to current and forecast pressure on the Ministry of Defense to sell military land and associated assets, but the content would be useful to any local authority dealing with land formerly used for military purposes. 

Who should attend?

The range and extent of heritage asset and setting issues on such sites mean they require careful consideration over a period of time; ideally in plan-making and site allocations, major development management applications, and through the conservation of individual assets. Therefore, this course is aimed at local authority curators (policy planners, development managers, conservation officers and archaeologists) that are curating landscape scale military sites subject to disposal and/or re-use. It may also be of interest to consultants assessing such sites.

If you would like to find out more about whether this course is suitable for you, please e-mail:

Why should you join this course?

The course relates directly to Ministry of Defence Policy to reduce their portfolio of land in the context of a planning system undergoing deregularisation, and that emphasises the need to deliver housing and other development. Together the changes in policy mean that there is an increased threat to significant heritage on military sites, which we would like to highlight and address with this training.


At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand that the effective conservation of significance of these landscape scale sites relies on a plan-led approach that takes into account the composition and setting of heritage assets holistically, as well as individual buildings and other sites.
  • Be able to apply their holistic understanding of the significance of military sites at the different stages within the planning process
  • Be able to analyse military land and the assets comprising it, and assess how significance should be managed through the planning process.
  • Be able to evaluate military sites and evaluate the best option for understanding and managing significance, for example through local plan making, commissioning heritage impact assessments, using the listing screening service, or carefully worded site allocations.


  • 06/02/2020

    09:30 - 17:00

    Programme for the day

    09:30 Registration
    10:00 Welcome
    10:10 Recap & update on pre-course learning. Presentation: current MoD policy scene. and managing the MOD Estate.
    11:15 Break
    11:30 Approaches to military archaeology, assessing significance and managing conservation.
    12:30 Lunch
    13:15 Military land in the planning process. Case study presentation session. Delegates will explore examples of use of Masterplanning, Local Plans, Heritage Impact Statements, allocations.
    14:00 Case Study- Virtual site visit (1)- (Assessment of Significance Exercise). 
    14:30 Feedback for Activity 1
    15:00 Break
    15:15 Case Study Activity (2) (Virtual Site Assessment- Spatial Planning Exercise)
    15:45 Feedback on management options
    16:15 Course summary
    16:30 Close

    Please note this programme is subject to change.

Pre-course work

The pre-course work will be circulated ahead of the event.

Registration Options

Standard Registration

Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Historic England Training