This guidance note provides advice about the regulations concerning Class Q - change of use of farm buildings to dwellings. It has been updated to reflect changes made to Class Q with the provision of adequate nature light to all habitable rooms
This guidance note provides a summary of recently published regulations that grant additional days fo temporary uses of land.
This Guidance Note explains enforcement and prosecution in cases where there is (or it is being claimed that there is) building work which has breached listed building, planning, or scheduled monument law. This is surprisingly common, often because local authorities do not understand the law. It has a strong emphasis on the practical actions members can take in these circumstances.
It does not cover the separate issue of local authority action if buildings are in disrepair (for which see the separate CLA Guidance Note Solutions for problem heritage and heritage at risk).
This guidance note provides an overview of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for commercial buildings, including when an EPC is legally required, MEES exemptions and the CLA’s approach to listed buildings and buildings within a Conservation Area.
Defra released a consultation on June 19 on the UK government’s Tree Strategy for England. The consultation document sets out Defra’s current thinking on the future for our trees and woodlands and asks various questions to help shape the final England Tree Strategy which is expected later in 2020. This Briefing Note – which applies to England only - summarises the key issues in the consultation document.
This Guidance Note concerns what is and is not included in a listing, i.e. the principal building, and potentially fixtures, attached structures, and curtilage structures. It explores the mythology which has grown up on this subject. It also covers the implications of inclusion, and what members can do to persuade local authorities or others that something is, or is not, included in the listing of a listed building. It is designed to be read alongside other CLA Guidance Notes, especially Getting heritage and other consents, and Listed buildings - do I need consent?
This guidance note provides a summary of the available permitted development rights for the change of use of agricultural and other buildings to residential and commercial uses. It also includes a summary of new temporary permitted development rights for the change of use of drinking establishments, restaurant and cafes to take-away food establishments under Part 4 Temporary buildings and uses of land – new Class DA. Class DA has been introduced by the Government to support certain drinking and other establishments during the current coronavirus situation.
This note provides information on the Woodland Carbon Guarantee (WCaG). This is a £50m government scheme which provides a financial incentive to land managers in England to plant new woodland to help tackle climate change by removing carbon from the atmosphere. The scheme is run by reverse auctions every six months or so. The guidance note summarises how the scheme operates, how to apply and outlines the carbon market. It also outlines the Woodland Carbon Code, the voluntary standard for UK woodland carbon projects, under which applications to the WCaG scheme have to be registered. The Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme operates in England only.
These Regulations came into force on 1 June 2020 (England only) introduce another important element to the long list of landlords’ legal responsibilities. They place an obligation on private landlords to check compliance with the relevant electrical safety standards in order to ensure that electrical installations in the private rented sector are safe for continued use.
This Guidance Note sets out the scope of the new legislation; the implications for relevant landlords; the enforcement regime and some practical advice on what steps landlords should be taking now.
It contains a link to the latest Government guidance but members should please be aware that this will be reviewed again as there have been some discrepancies over the start dates.
In late February 2020, UK Government announced a phasing out of sales of house coal within three years and restrictions on sales of wet wood from February 2021. These new restrictions apply to England only but similar measures are being considered by Welsh Government. This guidance note sets out the new rules, the reasons for them and how they will affect members.