The current listed building consent system is failing, mainly because governments have failed to fund the expert local authority resourcing it requires. This is now being cut by 10-15% every year. These cuts are clearly not going to be reversed, and unless the system is reformed it faces collapse. That would certainly not be in the interest of heritage, or of those who look after it.
A short DCMS consultation which closed on 23 August 2012 invited suggestions for reform which could be incorporated into the current Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. The CLA has long been extremely concerned about the failing LBC system, and this response sets out in detail effective ways in which it can be improved.