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Asset or liability? Owning a listed building in the 21st century

Posted on: 17 September 2014
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This report surveyed 130 private listed building owners and found that 80% believe listed building consent decisions can be illogical or inconsistent across different building types and applications. The findings commenting on listed building consent system and the application of conservation principles come from owners, not of stately homes but normal homes and businesses. These, according to the author Dr Patricia J Smith, represent by far the largest body of custodians caring for the national building heritage, but recent reforms in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 are targeted mostly at improving the system for developers not for small scale owners.

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Expanding the neighbourhood plan evidence base

Posted on: 3 September 2014
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This is a report by Locus Consulting funded by English Heritage which explores the evidence available to neighbourhood planning groups about the historic environment, and how local groups can be better connected to this information to protect local heritage. Over 93% of Neighbourhood Plans are engaging with the heritage of their areas, yet the uptake and use of heritage information varies from one plan to the next. The availability of information, alongside awareness of resources and understanding of its applications, is strongly influencing how communities are able to consider the historic environment in planning for their local places. Better use of the evidence base for heritage in Neighbourhood Plans will help to ensure that development proposals take account of the local historic environment and will enhance rather than harm it wherever possible.

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Consultation on historic environment good practice advice in planning

Posted on: 16 July 2014
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English Heritage has published draft good practice guidance on planning and the historic environment.

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National Heritage Protection Plan Review of Progress and Impact 2011-2015: Final Report

Posted on: 6 June 2014
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This report sets out the findings of a programme of consultation to inform the on-going review of the National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP). A supplementary report which presents an analysis of Section 10 of the online survey which captured respondents’ views on the current plan’s activities and supporting actions, has also been made available on the English Heritage website.

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A prospectus for growth: The historic environment in the East of England

Posted on: 29 May 2014
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This prospectus from English Heritage sets out why the historic environment is a critical part of the future economic success of the East of England and demonstrates how it already contributes as a driver for growth.

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Energy efficiency and historic buildings: Energy Performance Certificates

Posted on: 29 May 2014
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This guidance is aimed at homeowners and those managing or renting historic or older domestic buildings who may need to commission an Energy Performance Certificate or who have received one for an older property that has been purchased or rented. Details are provided on the type of information included in an EPC, how it is calculated and its limitations as an assessment method when applied to older buildings. The guidance also covers the issues to be taken into account when commissioning an EPC and considering its recommendations.

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Valuation of historic properties

Posted on: 15 May 2014
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The RICS has published a new information paper which provides guidance to valuers on what to taken into account during valuation process for historic properties. Please note this document is only available to RICS members.

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Energy efficiency in old buildings

Posted on: 25 April 2014
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The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings [SPAB] have published a briefing which offers a summary of its interest in sympathetic energy efficiency improvements to old buildings. The recent briefing on energy efficiency intends to bring clarity to the methods, materials and debate that that will help ensure that historic buildings continue to be sustainable in the future. This includes information of SPAB’s research on the energy efficiency performance of old buildings.

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Heritage means business: Enabling Britain’s inspirational places to meet new challenges

Posted on: 8 April 2014
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This policy statement from the Houses Association Heritage takes further the HHA’s 2010 policy manifesto ‘Inspirational Places’ and highlights issues that have become especially prominent and concerning for historic houses, castles and gardens in the last four years.  The HHA makes four key proposals to enable historic houses and gardens to succeed and provide public benefits.  Taken together they are designed to help protect the future of some of our most important heritage and tourism assets.

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Heritage Regulation under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

Posted on: 8 April 2014
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The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (ERR) Act 2013 has introduced a number of changes to the legal framework protecting heritage in England. These are aimed at making protection more efficient and effective. Measures to come into force from 6 April 2014 include new Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreements (LBHPAs); the introduction of a system of Local Listed Building Consent Orders (LLBCOs); the introduction of a system of Listed Building Consent Orders (LBCOs); the introduction of Certificates of Lawfulness of Proposed Works (CoLs).

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