Government response to consultation on Listed Building Consent
The Government issued consultation on reforms to Listed Building Consent as part of the Penfold Review of Non-Planning Consents, has now ended.
Civic Voice previously reported to you about the consultation period, issuing our own feedback to the Government about the proposed changes. Their response has now been published and can be found here.
The main proposals are to:
- Drop the idea of deemed consent
- Introduce local and national class consents. Reference to national class consents for "operational and routine works" citing Canal and River Trust canal maintenance as an example.
- Implement a system of certificates of lawful works for listed buildings which can be applied prospectively
- Drop the idea of legislation for accreditation but will explore a non-statutory "robust system of accreditation . . . to ensure that appropriate standards of expert advice are applied to Listed Building Consent cases, and provide monitoring and enforcement of professional behaviour."
To investigate further the problems which discourage local planning authorities from using their powers in respect of buildings at risk, with a view to identifying potential reforms, both statutory and non-statutory
As this response has just been issued, we will keep you updated about its implications on the civic movement.