Tailored Review of Historic England

Public bodies are reviewed roughly five-yearly, in line with Cabinet Office requirements.  These reviews aim to "...provide robust challenge to... the continuing need for the organisation and, where appropriate, make recommendations for improvement".  This CLA response to the 2019 Tailored Review of Historic England praises many aspects of HE's work.  But it also raises a number of serious concerns, especially that the current heritage protection system is failing after years of cuts to the planning system, and that HE urgently needs to implement reforms to ensure that the system will work and be financially-sustainable in future.  It suggests a number of recommendations for the Review.

Conserving Georgian and Victorian terraced housing - A guide to managing change

Although most terraced housing is urban, the CLA responded to this consultation on new draft Historic England advice partly to commend its overall approach, and partly to encourage Historic England to publish further advice on similar lines for other building types.  The response also makes some more specific comments on the draft.

 

Conservation Covenants

Following the consultation on conservation covenants by the Law Commission in 2013, the Government is now looking to take forward the recommendations set out in their report, with some amendments. This will put conservation covenants into statute as an additional legal tool to aid conservation. A conservation covenant is a voluntary, private agreement between a landowner and another body, which commits the land to be managed for the benefit of conservation.

The CLA has responded, welcoming the introduction of this new conservation tool, but setting out some areas that may need to be refined for conservation covenants to be attractive to landowners.

GN10-19 Tenant Fees Act 2019 - England Only

The Tenant Fees Act will come into force on 1st June 2019.  Royal Assent was granted on 12th February 2019.  It will apply to England only at the outset and there will be a separate Act for Wales dealing with this issue.

The Act controls what payments a landlord or letting agent may require in connection with a residential tenancy in England and restricts what third party contracts may be required of a tenant or guarantor.

All payments are prohibited save for those specifically permitted under the Act.  Rent and deposits are permitted but with some restrictions.

GN12-19 Permitted Development Rights for the installation of non-domestic microgeneration equipment (England only)

This guidance note explains Part 14 of the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 which confers permitted development rights for the installation of specified types of microgeneration equipment on or within the curtillage of non-domestic buildings subject to certain criteria.

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