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News: 24 June 2019

Exemption Scheme Implemented
The Images of England project working in partnership with volunteer photographers aims to create a 'point in time' photographic record of England's 370,000 listed buildings. A single exterior photograph of each listed building is being taken. The Images of England website links these images with the written statutory descriptions of the listed buildings.

Since the photographic survey began in 1999, some listed building occupiers have expressed concerns about having a photograph of their house included on the Images of England website. English Heritage acknowledges the depth of feeling these issues raise, and has now implemented a scheme whereby occupiers of listed buildings may apply to have the publication of a photograph of their home postponed for ten years.

During this exemption period the photograph will be kept in the National Monuments Record (NMR) archive in Swindon (which is open to public inspection). This will enable the project to complete the photographic survey as an historical archive for posterity, whilst still making information publicly available.

This scheme applies only to those residential listed buildings that are visible from publicly accessible land. Where houses are only visible from private land, the lawful occupier already has the option of refusing permission for photography.

To find out more about the exemption scheme or to receive an application pack, listed building occupiers should contact the Images of England team at the following address:
Customer Liaison Officer, Images of England, National Monuments Record Centre, Kemble Drive, Swindon SN2 2GZ

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