This is the CLA response to a consultation on heritage reform proposals launched by the Historic Environment Forum (HEF), the key stakeholder group for the heritage sector. These are heritage sector proposals, not CLA or Government prooposals, but they were developed with input from the CLA. The proposals address the substantial problems in the heritage protection system, especially the lack of resource in the local authorities which are supposed to operate it. The CLA supports the proposals, which if carefully developed and implemented should improve systems and processes; make it easier to find and use heritage expertise; make the listed building consent process simpler, clearer, and more certain; reduce demand on local authorities so that they can manage their workloads more effectively; and make it easier to hold to account local authorities with inadequate heritage outcomes.
Heritage protection reform proposals (September 2016)