Historic England consultation on Listed Building Consent

After years of CLA persuasion (it was a key 'ask' in our Averting crisis in heritage campaign in 2011), Historic England has now consulted on draft wholly-new advice on listed building consent (LBC), including on whether or not LBC is required.  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.

Local Heritage Listing: Identifying and conserving local heritage

Local heritage listing of buildings (and occasionally other kinds of heritage) by local authorities has happened for decades.  It is not the same as national statutory listing, but it gives heritage a degree of protection via the planning system (there is a CLA Guidance Note on this, available on the advice pages of the CLA website).  After much CLA lobbying Historic England published advice on this in 2012, suggesting that sound procedures are followed including consultation of owners and the community.  This consultation was on an updated version of this advice.

GN23-20 Residential Tenancies - Government updates the "How to Rent" (England Only)

Residential landlords should note that the Government has updated the obligatory “How to Rent” guide that must be served on all new Assured Shorthold tenants – ideally before the start of the tenancy. Failure to serve the correct guide will invalidate any subsequent section 21 notice when seeking to repossess the property. The guide contains much useful information for both landlords and tenants and serves as a good checklist of their respective rights and responsibilities.

GN21-20 Getting Heritage Consents and Heritage-relevant planning consents in England

This Guidance Note is the only substantive guidance on the subject written from the point of view of managers and owners of heritage in England.  It gives advice on how to get listed building and planning consents for heritage-related proposals, i.e. proposals which would affect listed buildings, conservation areas, world heritage sites, registered parks and gardens, scheduled and unscheduled monuments, and other significant heritage, or land within their settings.  It has been updated to November 2020.  There is a separate Guidance Note for Wales.

GN20-20 Permitted Development Rights: Change of use of buildings and rights for temporary take-aways - England only

This guidance note provides a summary of the available development rights for the change of use of agricultural and other buildings to residential and commercial uses in England.  It also includes a summary of temporary permitted development rights for the change of use of drinking establishments, restaurants and cafes to take-away food establishments under Part 4 Temporary buildings and uses of land - Class DA.  Class DA has been introduced by the Government to support certain drinking and other establishments during the current coronavirus situation.  With effect from 6 April 2021 the time limit has been extended from 23 March 2021 to 23 March 2022.

Planning for the future

This document sets out the CLA’s response to white paper – Planning for the future. The CLA supports the Government’s aims and objectives to simplify the planning system in England. However, the CLA is concerned about some of the proposals and these concerns are set out in more detail in the CLA’s response.

Changes to the current planning system

The CLA's response to the MHCLG consultation entitled Changes to the current planning system considers the impact of the proposed changes to the standard methodology for assessing housing on the delivery of rural housing.  The CLA response also covers the First Homes proposals, and the need for the permission in principle concept to be extended to rural economic development proposals.


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