EH in the summer launched a consultation (which closed on 26 Nov) on the protection of the setting of heritage in the planning system. This is a vital subject because poor policy on setting could either result in the setting of much of our heritage being despoiled by poor development, or conversely create huge zones around any piece of heritage within which development becomes impossible. The CLA response, therefore, stresses the importance of proportionality, and that setting issues are a deciding factor only in a small minority of planning applications and do not have to be expensively considered in all the others. It is also critical of the guidance's length (at a time when Government is trying to reduce the volume of planning guidance) and its overly theoretical approach.
The consultation link is at www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/heritage-assets-draft/