The first (2010-15) National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP) was an English Heritage Plan much criticised by the CLA and others for focusing almost entirely on research and on new heritage designation, and largely ignoring the other 90 per cent of heritage protection, especially the great and growing problems in the heritage consent system, which greatly threaten heritage (and cause major problems for CLA members). This review is at least beginning to ask the key questions. The CLA response stresses the importance of broadening the scope of the NHPP to identify all the real threats, and of devising and implementing effective solutions. It also stresses the importance of English Heritage/Historic England becoming willing to work closely with its key stakeholders to achieve this.
The CLA heritage adviser sits on the NHPP's external Advisory Board