CLA welcomes heritage reform proposals
The CLA has welcomed proposals to improve the struggling heritage protection system, announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as part of the Penfold Review.
CLA Yorkshire Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said: "CLA members manage many of the region's historic buildings and our recent policy paper - Averting Crisis in Heritage - highlighted our concerns about the system and made key recommendations, many of which are included in the new proposals."
Heritage Minister John Penrose said the new initiative aims to "make the system quicker, clearer and simpler to use, without weakening overall levels of heritage protection".
Proposals from BIS suggest prior approval and self-certification for listed building consent, meaning local authority resources can be focused on the small minority of applications which might cause real harm, and not on the high proportion which are beneficial and non-controversial. Other, more technical proposals require legislation such as better defining the "special interest" of listed buildings, allowing Statutory Management Agreements and extending Certificates of Immunity.
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A farmer’s daughter from the North York Moors, where her brothers still farm, Dorothy has clocked up more than 30 years’ service to the rural economy since graduating from Wye College (University of London) with a degree in agriculture.
She qualified as a rural practice chartered surveyor (land agent) whilst working for Savills plc in London and York, dealing with sales and purchases of country houses and estates as well as the management of investment estates for financial institutions.
Prior to joining the CLA, Dorothy worked for the National Trust in Yorkshire. There she managed some 30,000 acres of outstanding countryside as well as being responsible for historic houses open to the public and the acquisition of major new properties.
Dorothy was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List in recognition of her services to rural affairs.
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