Over the years, a plethora of reports, assessments, studies and plans have been produced, with varying degrees of information relating to the heritage significance of the Park and Palace. As part of the Trust’s due diligence of the charitable assets, we wanted to create a go-to document that can assist with assessing the significance of various spaces in the building and the parkland. The issue of heritage significance is a complex and sometimes emotive one, and there are many different layers of significance competing for attention, and it is therefore critical to be explicit about how any piece of work on site, including changes of use or upgrades, is able to contribute to the well-being of the historic whole.

This Heritage Significance Appraisal and Management Guidance seeks to:

  • Review and consolidate the relevant information in documents that have previously endeavoured to assess the significance of the Park and Palace;
  • Provide an overview of the Park and Palace’s origins and evolution to the present day to give context;
  • Explain the different types of significance and the different weighting that can be applied when examining significance;
  • Provide a summary of the Park and Palace’s significance in the round;
  • Using existing expert information, make an assessment on the significance of spaces, and set out recommendations for their management, if known;
  • Using national guidance as a basis, set out steps to take to assess the significance of a particular space or spaces, in particular when considering new or different types of uses for spaces;
  • To increase public awareness of the enhancement of Alexandra Park and Palace and its heritage significance;
  • To provide a framework for future projects and their journey towards formal planning and listed building consent processes.

Alexandra Park and Palace is a place with complex historical and communal values and meanings to local communities and stakeholder groups – and we are therefore consulting on this draft document to gather input and views from all those that are interested.

The consultation will run from 27 June 2019 to 30 September 2019. All comments should be submitted in writing to the following email address:

The draft document has been designed to be read online and can be downloaded from here.

There will also be 5 copies available to view in the East Court (open from 0900hr – 1700hr 7-days a week).

A small number of copies have been reserved for those unable to read online, download or visit the Palace to view.

A response form designed to assist you in providing comments and feedback is available here.