Hermione is a Property and Business Policy Adviser who started at the CLA in late 2019. Before joining the CLA Hermione spent just under three years working as a rural surveyor at Holkham Estate. She advises on all matters related to housing.
Local authorities can create 'local heritage lists' of heritage assets which are not significant enough to qualify for national listing/scheduling etc but are felt to be of sufficient local significance to be taken into account in planning decisions. Less than half have local heritage lists, though more may do so in future. Local heritage listing gives this heritage a significant degree of protection, and may affect (positively or negatively) owners and neighbouring owners. This Guidance Note explains how it is carried out, what it means, and now members can be involved in, or influence, the process.
This is a draft new Historic England advice, aimed at owners, consultants, local authorities, and others. This CLA response makes a number of comments on the detail.
The CLA responded to the consultations undertaken by DEFRA and the Welsh Government on agricultural tenancy legislation reform. Both Governments produced very similar consultations suggesting changes which could remove barriers to productivity improvements and facilitate structural change in the tenant farming sector. Some suggestions were welcomed but others opposed. In particular, the CLA made it clear that no steps should be taken to prolong the lifetime of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.
This guidance note covers the requirement for EPCs for buildings being let or sold. It has been updated to July 2019.
This is the only substantive guidance 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 point out many of the risks and pitfalls in all of these areas.
There have been many legislative developments over recent years that impact residential landlords. The CLA takes steps to keep members updated as legislation is implemented and bespoke advice is available from the CLA Legal Department but this Guidance Note aims to summarise the key issues that should be considered and steps that must be taken when an AST is granted.
Residential landlords should note that the Government has updated the mandatory form of section 21 notice and the obligatory "How to Rent" guide that must be served on all new Assured Shorthold tenants.
The need for this advice was suggested by the CLA and others, and the CLA response welcomes this consultation in principle, but suggests that it could have only limited impact as drafted. The response suggests a number of crucial changes which would greatly increase its impact and effectiveness: it could then be of real help to owners/applicants and local authorities, and considerably improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the whole heritage protection system.
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.