CLA welcomes simplification of heritage protection
The CLA has welcomed the decision by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to press ahead with improving the struggling heritage protection system as part of the Penfold Review.
Heritage minister John Penrose announced the reforms in a speech at Apsley House on 22 May.
Mr Cotterell added: "However, it is a great pity that the Government's positive intentions on heritage regulation are negated by the Treasury's apparent determination to move forward with the huge increase in VAT on work to listed buildings. If the Government does not pause and consider the issue properly it will cause real damage to our heritage."
More technical proposals include a better definition of the "special interest" of listed buildings, allowing Statutory Management Agreements, and extending Certificates of Immunity from listing.
Read details of the proposals in the November 2011 Implementation of the Penfold Review statement
Download the CLA's policy paper, Averting Crisis in Heritage
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