HERITAGE SITES



CHAPTER-X-1 (G. O. 119 Contd..)

CONSERVATION OF HERITAGE SITES, HERITAGE BUILDINGS, HERITAGE PRECINCTS AND NATURAL FEATURE AREAS

Applicability and General

These regulations shall apply to heritage sites which shall include those buildings, artifacts, structures, streets, areas and precincts of historic, architectural, aesthetic, cultural or environmental value (hereinafter referred to as Listed Heritage Buildings/Listed Heritage Precincts) and those natural feature areas of environmental significance or of scenic beauty including, but not restricted to, sacred groves, hills, hillocks, water bodies (and the areas adjoining the same), open areas, wooded areas, points, walks, rides, bridle paths (hereinafter referred to as ‘listed natural feature areas’) which shall be listed in notification(s) to be issued by the State Government/identified in Master Plan or any other plans notified by the Authority.

The provisions in this chapter are beyond the regulations applicable on the Prohibited and Regulated areas as defined by Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act 2010, where site specific Heritage Bye-Laws are prepared and notified by the Competent Authority (National Monuments Authority) under the AMASR Act shall be applicable.

NOC shall have to be obtained by submission of required documents as may be necessary, including “Heritage Impact Assessment report”, if so necessitated by the National Monuments Authority.

Definitions

“Heritage building” means and includes any building of one or more premises or any part thereof and/or structure and/or artifact which requires conservation and/or preservation for historical and/or architectural and/or artisanry and/or aesthetic and/or cultural and/or environmental and/or ecological purpose and includes such portion of land adjoining such building or part thereof as may be required for fencing or covering or in any manner preserving the historical and/or architectural and/or aesthetic and/or cultural value of such building.

“Heritage Precincts” means and includes any space that requires conservation and/or preservation for historical and/or architectural and/or aesthetic and/or cultural and/or environmental and/or ecological purpose. Walls or other boundaries of a particular area or place or building or may enclose such space by an imaginary line drawn around it.

“Conservation” means all the processes of looking after a place so as to retain its historical and/or architectural and/or aesthetic and/or cultural significance and includes maintenance, preservation, restoration, reconstruction and adoption or a combination of more than one of these.

“Preservation” means and includes maintaining the fabric of a place in its existing state and retarding deterioration.

“Restoration” means and includes returning the existing fabric of a place to a known earlier state by removing accretions or by reassembling existing components without introducing new materials.

“Reconstruction” means and includes returning a place as nearly as possible to a known earlier state and distinguished by the introduction of materials (new or old) into the fabric. This shall not include either recreation or conjectural reconstruction.

Responsibility of the owners of heritage buildings

It shall be the duty of the owners of heritage buildings and buildings in heritage precincts or in heritage streets to carry out regular repairs and maintenance of the buildings. The State Government/Local Authority/Development Authority concerned shall not be responsible for such repair and maintenance except for the buildings owned by the Government/Local Authority/Development Authority.

Restrictions on development / re-development / repairs etc.

No development or redevelopment or engineering operation or additions / alterations, repairs, renovations including painting of the building, replacement of special features or plastering or demolition of any part thereof of the said listed buildings or listed precincts or listed natural feature areas shall be allowed except with the prior permission of Local Authority/Development Authority.

Before granting such permission, the agency concerned shall consult the Heritage Conservation Committee to be appointed by the State Government and shall act in accordance with the advice of the Heritage Conservation Committee.

Provided that, before granting any permission for demolition or major alterations/additions to listed buildings (or buildings within listed streets or precincts), or construction at any listed natural features, or alteration of boundaries of any listed natural feature areas, objections and suggestions from the public shall be invited and shall be considered by the Heritage Conservation Committee.

Provided that, only in exceptional cases, for reasons to be recorded in writing, Local Authority/Development Authority may refer the matter back to the Heritage Conservation Committee for reconsideration.

However, the decision of the Heritage Conservation Committee after such reconsideration shall be final and binding.

Penalties

Violation of the regulations shall be punishable under the provisions regarding unauthorized development under the provisions of the respective Acts of Local Authority/Development Authority. In case of proved deliberate neglect of and/or damage to Heritage Buildings and Heritage Precincts, or if the building is allowed to be damaged or destroyed due to neglect or any other reason, in addition to penal action provided under the concerned Act, no permission to construct any new building shall be granted on the site if a Heritage Building or Building in a Heritage Precinct is damaged or pulled down without appropriate permission from Local Authority/Development Authority.

It shall be open to the Heritage Conservation Committee to consider a request for re-building/reconstruction of a Heritage Building that was unauthorizedly demolished or damaged, provided that the total built-up area in all floors put together in such new construction is not in excess of the total built-up area in all floors put together in the original Heritage Building in the same form and style in addition to other controls that may be specified.

Preparation of list of heritage sites including heritage buildings, heritage precincts and listed natural feature areas

The list of heritage sites including Heritage Buildings, Heritage Precincts and listed Natural Features Areas is to be prepared and supplemented by the Local Authority/Development Authority on the advice of the Heritage Conservation Committee and shall obtain the preliminary approval of the Government.

Before being finalized, objections and suggestions of the public are to be invited and on the recommendation of the Heritage Committee on the objections and suggestions, the Government shall accord the final approval of the list heritage o f sites including Heritage Buildings, Heritage Precincts and listed Natural Features Areas which shall be notified.

The said list to which the regulation applies shall not form part of this regulation for the purpose of Building Rules.

The list may be supplemented from time to time by Government on receipt of proposal from the agency concerned or by Government suo-moto provided that before the list is supplemented, objections and suggestions from the public be invited and duly considered by the State Government after obtaining a detailed recommendation from the Heritage Conservation Committee on the objections and suggestions received.

When a building or group of buildings or natural feature areas are listed, it would automatically mean (unless otherwise indicated) that the entire property including its entire compound/plot boundary along with all the subsidiary structures and artifacts etc. within the compound/plot boundary, etc. shall form part of list.

Alteration/modification/relaxation in development norms

On the advice of the said Heritage Conservation Committee to be appointed by the Government and for reasons to be recorded in writing, the Local Authority/Development Authority shall follow the procedure as per Development Authority Act, to alter, modify or relax the Development Control Norms prescribed in the Master Plan, if required, for the conservation or preservation or retention of historic or aesthetic or cultural or architectural or environmental quality of any heritage site.

Heritage precincts / Natural feature areas

In cases of streets, precincts, areas and (where deemed necessary by the Heritage Conservation Committee) natural feature areas notified, development permissions shall be granted in accordance with the special separate regulation prescribed for respective streets, precincts/natural feature areas which shall be framed by the Local Authority/Development Authority on the advice of the Heritage Conservation Committee.

Before finalizing the special separate regulations for precincts, streets, natural features, areas, the draft of the same shall be published in the official gazette and in leading newspapers for the purpose of inviting objections and suggestions from the public.

All objections and suggestions received within a period of 30 days from the date of publication in the official gazette shall be considered by the Local Authority/Development Authority/Heritage Conservation Committee.

After consideration of the above suggestions and objections, the agency concerned, acting on the advice of the Heritage Conservation Committee shall modify (if necessary) the aforesaid draft separate regulations for streets, precincts, areas and natural features and forward the same to Government for notification.

Road widening

Widening of the existing roads under the Master Plan or Town/Zonal Development Plan or in the Layout Plan shall be carried out considering the existing heritage buildings (even if they are not included in a Heritage Precinct) or which may affect listed natural features areas.

Incentive uses for heritage buildings

In cases of buildings located in non-commercial use zones included in the Heritage Conservation List, if the owner/owners agree to maintain the listed heritage building as it is in the existing state and to preserve its heritage state with due repairs and the owner/owners/lessees give a written undertaking to that effect, the owner/owners/lessees may be allowed with the approval of the Heritage Conservation Committee within permissible use zone to convert part or whole thereof of the non-commercial area within such a heritage building to commercial/office use/hotel. Provided that if the heritage building is not maintained suitably or if the heritage value of the building is spoiled in any manner, the commercial/office/hotel use shall be disallowed.

Maintaining skyline and architectural harmony

After the guidelines are framed, buildings within heritage precincts or in the vicinity of heritage sites shall maintain the skyline in the precinct and follow the architectural style (without any high-rise development) as may be existing in the surrounding area, so as not to diminish or destroy the value and beauty of or the view from the said heritage sites. The development within the precinct or in the vicinity of heritage sites shall be in accordance with the guidelines framed by the Local Authority/Development Authority on the advice of the Heritage Conservation Committee or separate regulations/guidelines, if any, prescribed for respective zones by Local Authority/Development Authority.

Restrictive covenants

Restrictions existing as imposed under covenants, terms and conditions on the leasehold plots either by the State Government or by the Local Authority/Development Authority shall continue to be imposed in addition to Development Control Regulations. However, in case of any conflict with the heritage preservation interest/environmental conservation, this Heritage Regulation shall prevail.

Grading of the listed buildings / listed precincts           

Listed Heritage Buildings/Listed Heritage Precincts may be graded into three categories.

The definition of these and basic guidelines for development permissions are as given below.

Listing does not prevent change of ownership or usage.

However, change of use of such Listed Heritage Building/Listed Precincts is not permitted without the prior approval of the Heritage Conservation Committee.

Use should be in harmony with the said listed heritage site.

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Grading of Listed Heritage Buildings / Precincts

(A) Definition
Grade-I Grade-II Grade-III

Heritage  Grade-I  comprises

Buildings and precincts of national or historic importance, embodying excellence in architectural style, design, technology and material usage and/or aesthetics; they may be associated with a great historic event,            personality, movement or institution. They have been and are the prime landmarks of the region.                        

All  natural  sites  shall  fall

within Grade-I

Heritage  Grade-II  (A&B) comprises of   buildings   and   precincts  of regional            or local importance possessing special  architectural  or aesthetic merit,   or   cultural   or historical  significance  though  of  a lower  scale  than Heritage Grade-I.

They are local landmarks, which contribute to the image and identity of the region.    They may be the  work of  master craftsmen  or  may  be  models  of proportion and ornamentation  or designed to suit a particular climate

Heritage  Grade-III   comprises

Building and precincts of importance for townscape; that evoke architectural, aesthetic, or sociological interest through not as much as in Heritage Grade-II.  These contribute to determine the character of the locality and can be representative of lifestyle of a particular community or region and may also be distinguished by setting, or special character of the façade and uniformity of height, width and scale

(B) Objective
Grade-I Grade-II Grade-III
Heritage Grade-I richly deserves careful        preservation.

Heritage Grade-II deservesintelligent conservation.

Heritage   Grade-III   deserves

intelligent conservation (though

on a lesser scale than Grade-II

and   special   protection   to

unique features and attributes).

(C) Scope for Changes
Grade-I Grade-II Grade-III

.No interventions be permitted either on exterior or  interior  of  the  heritage building or natural features unless it is necessary in the interest of strengthening and  prolonging  the  life  of the buildings/or precincts or any part or features thereof. For this purpose, absolutely Essential and minimum changes would  be allowed and they must  be in conformity with the original.

Grade-II  (A):  Internal  changes  and adaptive re-use may by and large be allowed   but   subject   to  strict scrutiny.  Care  would  be taken  to ensure  the conservation  of  all special  aspects  for  which  it  is included in Heritage Grade- II. Grade-II (B):          In addition  to the above, extension or additional building  in the same plot or compound could in certain circumstances, be allowed provided that the  extension/additional building  is  in  harmony  with  (and does         not detract from) the existing heritage building(s)  or precincts especially  in  terms  of  height and façade.     Internal changes and            adaptive re-  use  may  by  and  large  be allowed. Changes can include extensions and additional buildings in the same plot or compound. However, any changes  should  be  such  that they are in harmony            with and should be such that they do not detract from the existing heritage building/precinct.
(D) Procedure
Grade-I Grade-II Grade-III

Development permission for

the changes would be given

on the advice of the Heritage

Conservation Committee

Development permission for the changes  would  be  given  on  the advice of the Heritage Conservation Committee.                                                    

Development            permission for  changes would be given on the

advice of the Heritage Conservation Committee. 

(E) Vistas/Surrounding Development
Grade-I Grade-II Grade-III

All development in areas

surrounding Heritage Grade-I

shall be regulated and controlled, ensuring that  it does not mar the grandeur of,  or  view  from  Heritage Grade-I. 

All development in areas surrounding Heritage Grade-II shall be regulated and controlled, ensuring that it does not mar the grandeur of, or view from Heritage Grade-II.  

All development in areas surrounding  Heritage Grade-III

shall be regulated and controlled, ensuring that it does not mar the grandeur of, or view from Heritage Grade-III.

Opinion of the Heritage Conservation Committee

Nothing mentioned above should be deemed to confer a right on the owner/occupier of the plot to demolish or reconstruct or make alterations to his heritage building/buildings in a heritage precinct or on a natural heritage site if in the opinion of the Heritage Conservation Committee, such demolition/reconstruction/alteration is undesirable.

Approval to preserve the beauty of the area

The Heritage Conservation Committee shall have the power to direct, especially in areas designated by them, that the exterior design and height of buildings should have their approval to preserve the beauty of the area.

Signs and outdoor display structures/including street furniture on heritage sites

Local Authority/Development Authority on the advice of the Heritage Conservation Committee shall frame regulations or guidelines to regulate signs, outdoor display structures and street furniture on heritage sites.

Composition of Heritage Conservation Committee

The Heritage Conservation Committee shall be appointed by the State Government.

The Committee shall have the powers to co-opt up to three additional members who may have related experience.

The tenure of the Chairman and Members of other than Government Department /Local Bodies shall be as prescribed by the Government.

The terms of reference of the Committee

To advice the Local Authority/Development Authority whether development permission is to be granted under Building Rules and the conditions of permission if any required.

To prepare a supplementary list of heritage sites, which include buildings artifacts, structures, streets, areas, precincts of historic, aesthetic, architectural, cultural, or environmental significance and a supplementary list of natural feature areas of environmental significance, scenic beauty including but not restricted to sacred groves, hills, hillocks, water bodies (and the areas adjoining the same), open areas, wooded areas, points, walks, rides, bridle paths etc. to which this Building Rule would apply.

To advise whether any relaxation, modification, alteration, or variance of any of the Building Rules is required in connection with conservation and preservation of any Listed Heritage Buildings/Listed Heritage Precincts.

To frame special regulations/guidelines for precincts and if necessary for natural feature areas to advise the Local Authority/Development Authority regarding the same;

To recommend to the Local Authority/Development Authority guidelines to be adopted by those private parties or public/government agencies who sponsor beautification schemes at heritage sites;

To prepare special designs and guidelines/publications for listed buildings, control of height and essential façade characteristics such as maintenance of special types of balconies and other heritage items of the buildings and to suggest suitable designs adopting appropriate materials for replacement keeping the old form intact to the extent possible.

To prepare guidelines relating to design elements and conservation principles to be adhered to and to prepare other guidelines for the purposes of this Regulation;

To  advise  the  Local Authority/Development Authority /on any other issues as may be required from time to time during course of scrutiny of development permissions and in t h e overall interest of heritage/conservation;

To advice the Government either independently or through or on behalf of the Local Authority/Development Authority in cases of Appeals under Local Authority/Development Authority Act in cases of listed buildings/heritage buildings and listed precincts/heritage precincts and listed natural feature areas.

Implications of listing as heritage buildings

The Regulations do not amount to any blanket prevention of demolition or of changes to Heritage Buildings. The only requirement is to obtain clearance from Local Authority/Development Authority as the case may be and Heritage Conservation Committee from heritage point of view.

Ownership not affected

Sale and purchase of Heritage Buildings does not require any permission from Local Authority/Development Authority/Heritage Conservation Committee. The Regulations do not affect the ownership or usage. However, such usage should be in harmony with the said listed precincts/buildings. Local Authority/Development Authority shall ensure that the development permission relating to these buildings is given within 30 days whenever such application is submitted.

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