Insuring historic buildings and other heritage assets (England, but also relevant to Wales)

This was a Historic England consultation on draft advice on the insurance of historic buildings, aimed at owners, professionals, and others.  The CLA response welcomes the intention to publish advice (there was a consultation on this in 2008, but no advice was then published), but suggests some changes to make it clearer and more helpful.

GN20-18 Getting heritage consents and heritage-relevant planning consents in England

This Guidance Note is the only substantive guidance on this 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 August 2018.  There is a separate Guidance Note for Wales.

GN19-18 Heritage - Listed buildings-what listing includes: fixtures, and attached and curtilage structures

This Guidance Note is  designed to be read alongside the CLA Guidance Note Getting heritage and other consents.  It concerns what is and is not included in a listing, i.e. the principal building, objects and fixtures, attached buildings, and curtilage structures.  It also covers the implications of inclusion, and what members can do to persuade local authorities or others that something is, or is not, covered by the listing of a listed building.

Historic England Advice Note 1 Conservation Area designation and management - Heritage

Historic England is proposing a revision of its core advice note on conservation areas.  That is welcome and the new draft is a significant improvement on previous versions, but is still insufficiently clear about the benefits and disbenefits of designation, about involving owners and communities, and about the need for an explicit policy statement that conservation area designations is not intended to prevent change, that conservation areas are (or should be) living and working parts of urban and rural areas and economies, and that sympathetic change is desirable and essential where it ensures the viability and vitality of the area and buildings within it.

Improving Mobile Coverage

 The CLA’s submission to the Ofcom consultation on using the 700MHZ spectrum auction to increase mobile coverage focuses on meeting the objective of universal coverage. It is still very much the case that rural areas lag well behind urban areas in the provision of an effective mobile network. In our response, we call on Ofcom to speed up the auction process and impose conditions on operators that ensures rural areas are covered by an up to date mobile telephony network.

GN11-18 Getting heritage consents and heritage-relevant planning consents in Wales

This Guidance Note is the only substantive guidance on this subject written from the point of view of managers and owners of heritage in Wales.  It gives advice on how to get listed building and planning consents for heritage-releated 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 March 2018.  There is a separate Guidance Note for England.

GN08-18 Non Domestic Private Rented Sector Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations

This note provide landlords of non-domestic buildings with guidance on the non-domestic Private Rented Sector Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations.  The MEES will require landlords to take action to ensure that their buildings achieve Energy Peformance Certificate (EPC) level E before they can be legally let to new tenants after 1 April 2018 or provide evidence of exemption.  Buildings which do not comply cannot be legally let and non compliance could result in enforcement action against the landlord including financial penalties.  The regulations apply in both England and Wales.

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