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. 

The Cutting Red Tape Review

In response to the Government's objective of saving some £10bn up to 2020 through reducing red tape, the CLA has said that it is vital that there is no duplication in activities (for example, inspections) between central government and local authorities.  The CLA also stresses the need for a more flexible planning system in order to free up resources to ensure that government guidance as to rural economic development are followed.

GN03-16 "HOME BUSINESS TENANCIES" - RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES THAT PERMIT TENANTS TO WORK FROM HOME (ENGLAND AND WALES)

For a long time there has been a concern for residential landlords about their tenants working from home.  The worry has been that by allowing the tenant to run a business from home the tenancy could evolve into one that was governed by the provisions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 so that the tenant might gain automatic rights of renewal as provided by Part ll of that Act.  The Housing Act 1988 permitted some home working so long as the tenancy was substantially for the purposes of providing the tenant with a home but there was always an anxiety as to when the line was crossed.

GN02-16 Residential Tenancies - "Right to Rent" Scheme To Roll Out Across England From 1 February 2016

This is a reminder to members who let residential property that from 1 February 2016, the “Right to Rent” scheme will be extended across England. This means all private landlords in England will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property. Tied accommodation (where an employee is housed as part of his job) and holiday lets do not fall within the scheme but some licences, sub-tenancies and lodging agreements will be caught. Legal advice should be sought if there is doubt about the need to carry out the checks.

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