This act received Royal Assent on 26th April. It contains a package of legal reforms intended reduce regulation and promote growth. The Act includes a number of changes to the legal framework affecting heritage in England which are intended to provide new and simpler ways to protect and manage heritage assets. These provisions are:
- New Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreements;
- Introduction of a system of Local and National Listed Building Consent Orders;
- Introduction of Certificates of Lawfulness of Works to Listed Buildings;
- Conservation Area Consent replaced by requirement for planning permission;
- More listed building entries;
- Certificates of Immunity from listing can be sought at any time.
Changes relating to listed building entries and Certificates of Immunity are expected to come into force within two months. Changes which affect the management of listed buildings and the merger of Conservation Area Consent and Planning Permission will require secondary legislation and will take longer to come into force.
English Heritage have prepared a voice-over presentation explaining the changes and are planning training sessions for the autumn. For details see here
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