Scheduled monuments are archaeological remains that have been added to a statutory protection list. Monuments on the list are considered to be of national importance. The schedule is compiled and maintained by the Secretary of State, and the monuments on it are generally suggested by English Heritage.
Scheduled monuments in Hull
These monuments and the ground around them are scheduled:
- Hull Castle - this is at the centre of the Citadel Trading Park, Drypool
- the South Blockhouse - at the southern end of Tower Street
- the southern half of Hull Citadel - south of Garrison Road
- Beverley Gate and adjacent archaeological remains forming part of Hull's medieval and post medieval defences - at the west end of Whitefriargate
Why is only half of Hull Citadel scheduled?
The citadel is of national importance, but the site is now used for different purposes. This is why only the southern half of Hull Citadel has statutory protection by scheduling. The northern half, except for the area around Hull Castle, is protected by other legislation and planning guidance.
What effect does scheduling have?
The fact that a monument is scheduled does not necessarily mean that it will be preserved exactly as it is for all time. It does mean that there probably will not be any changes that would lessen the monument's archaeological value. It also means that there will be no works within the area that would disturb or affect a monument or the ground around it without prior authorisation from the Secretary of State. This is called scheduled monument consent.
Works requiring consent include:
- erecting any building or structure
- digging drainage and 'public utility' trenches
- laying road, path and car park surfaces
- planting trees
It is an offence to carry out unauthorised works within a scheduled area without getting scheduled monument consent first. This is punishable by a fine. It is also an offence to damage or destroy a scheduled monument. The maximum penalty for this is an unlimited fine and/or a period of two years' imprisonment.
You may not use metal detectors within scheduled areas or remove any objects found without prior consent from the Secretary of State. This offence can lead to very substantial fines.
How to get scheduled monument consent
You can apply to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), giving details of your proposal. You must include a certificate of land ownership or proof that you have notified the land owner. You will need an application form from DCMS or English Heritage's office in York.
The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will decide whether or not the works can go ahead. English Heritage negotiates with applicants and advises the Secretary of State on all applications. You have the right to a public hearing before the decision is finally made.
You might also need planning permission or building regulations approval, which you should apply for separately.
Supplementary planning guidance
These documents explain the basic design principals you should follow, that the council uses as the standards when looking at planning applications.