England & Wales

Improving Mobile Coverage

 The CLA’s submission to the Ofcom consultation on using the 700MHZ spectrum auction to increase mobile coverage focuses on meeting the objective of universal coverage. It is still very much the case that rural areas lag well behind urban areas in the provision of an effective mobile network. In our response, we call on Ofcom to speed up the auction process and impose conditions on operators that ensures rural areas are covered by an up to date mobile telephony network.

GN08-18 Non Domestic Private Rented Sector Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations

This note provide landlords of non-domestic buildings with guidance on the non-domestic Private Rented Sector Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations.  The MEES will require landlords to take action to ensure that their buildings achieve Energy Peformance Certificate (EPC) level E before they can be legally let to new tenants after 1 April 2018 or provide evidence of exemption.  Buildings which do not comply cannot be legally let and non compliance could result in enforcement action against the landlord including financial penalties.  The regulations apply in both England and Wales.

Conservation Principles for the Sustainable Management of the Historic Environment

Historic  England consulted on a revised draft version of its 2008 Conservation Principles.  The CLA response sees the draft as a significant improvement, but suggests some further changes to embed the core principle that sympathetic adaptation usually will be essential to keep heritage relevant, valued, viable, and in use.

GN05-18 Reducing heating costs and improving the sustainability or 'energy efficiency' of heritage and other existing buildings in England and Wales

This is the only substantive guidance on this subject written from the point of view of owners of heritage and traditional buildings.  It covers ways of cutting heating costs, improving comfort, reducing your carbon footprint, and government incentives.  It also covers growing government compulsion, especially in the context of compulsory 'minimum energy performance standards' for let buildings from 2018, and the Building Regulations.  It points out many of the risks and pitfalls in all of these areas.

GN04-18 The need for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for buildings being let or sold in England and Wales (including heritage buildings and holiday cottages)

This guidance note covers the need for EPCs for buildings being let or sold, including heritage buildings and holiday cottages.  It has been updated to February 2018.

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