MP briefing: Westminster Hall Debate Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (30 Nov 16)

MPs held a short debate in Westminster Hall on seasonal agricultural workers and the seasonal agricultural workers scheme, and this briefing sets out the CLA’s views to MPs on why a news seasonal scheme is needed, what such a scheme is and why rural businesses other than farming would also benefit from seasonal workers schemes.

Wales: secondary legislation to support the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and draft guidance (October 2016)

Good national heritage planning policy and guidance is important, making sympathetic change easier, and harmful change more difficult.  With other stakeholders the CLA has secured a complete review of Welsh policy and guidance.  The new underlying guidance drafted by Cadw (which had much CLA input) is generally good, though the CLA response makes some suggestions for improvement.  (For the new policy, see the separate 2016 consultations).

Wales: Proposed Technical Advice Note (TAN) 24: The Historic Environment (October 2016)

Good national heritage planning policy is important, making sympathetic change easier, and harmful change more difficult.  With other stakeholders the CLA has secured a complete review of Welsh policy, beginning with drafts of a new heritage chapter in Planning Policy Wales, and a new TAN.  While these improve on previous policy, both still represent an old approach not in keeping with modern international conservation good practice, and the CLA response is very critical of the detail.  The proposed underlying guidance drafted by Cadw (see simultaneous consultation) is much better.

Heritage protection reform proposals (September 2016)

This is the CLA response to a consultation on heritage reform proposals launched by the Historic Environment Forum (HEF), the key stakeholder group for the heritage sector.  These are heritage sector proposals, not CLA or Government prooposals, but they were developed with input from the CLA.  The proposals address the substantial problems in the heritage protection system, especially the lack of resource in the local authorities which are supposed to operate it.  The CLA supports the proposals, which if carefully developed and implemented should improve systems and processes; make it easier to find and use heritage expertise; make the listed building consent process simpler, clearer, and more certain; reduce demand on local authorities so that they can manage their workloads more effectively; and make it easier to hold to account local authorities with inadequate heritage outcomes. 

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