England & 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.

Briefing Note: Planning Reforms Update

This paper provides an update on Planning reforms (both policy and regulation) in Wales and England.  The paper provides a short summary of the Law Commission's work on Planning law in Wales, and the Welsh Government's announcement about forthcoming consultations on strategic development plans.

In England, the paper covers forthcoming national planning policy changes and regulatory reforms emanating from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.  It also summarises other policy areas which are likely to have an effect on planning policy i.e. Industrial Strategy (BEIS), National Infrastructure Assessment (National Infrastructure Commission) and the 25-year Environment Plan (DEFRA).

GN30-17 Grid Scale Battery Storage

Technological advancement, falling costs and the increasing use of distributed generation within the UK's electricity supply means that, whilst the battery storage sector is still in its infancy, it is a hot topic in UK energy market.

This guidance note provides CLA members with an introduction to large scale battery technology exploring their role in the electricity supply and the potential opportunity as well as highlighting some aspects to consider from a landowner perspective.

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