Historic England has consulted on draft, wholly-new advice on listed building consent (LBC), including on whether or not LBC is required. This follows years of CLA persuasion, and it was a key ask in our Averting crisis in heritage campaign in 2011.
The CLA is on Historic England's sounding board for this advice. Although the current LBC system has been in place for over 50 years and has draconian penalties for non-compliance, there has never been any substantive advice - one of several reasons why, although most people approve strongly of listing in principle, there is a widespread perception that the actual LBC system is arbitrary, inefficient, and disproportionate.
This formal CLA consultation response welcomes this draft advice in general terms but suggests changes needed if it is to work effectively.