Listed Building Consent consultation
The Government has issued a consultation on reforms to the Listed Building Consents (LBC) system. This is part of the Penfold Review of Non-Planning Consents. The proposed changes could have significant implications for the management of the historic environment, so this is an important opportunity for civic groups to make their views known to Government.
The consultation seeks views on options to streamline the LBC system as follows:
- A system of prior notification leading to deemed LBC
- A system of local and national class consents granting deemed LBC
- A “certificate of lawful works to Listed Buildings”
- Replacing local authority conservation officer recommendations for LBC by those made by accredited agents, if LBC applicants wish to do so.
As part of the Civil Service Reform Plan, on July 27th 2012, the Cabinet Office issued new Principles for Consultation. The new principles no longer require a default consultation period of 12 weeks, particularly where extensive engagement has already occurred.
The consultation period deadline is 23 August 2012.
Feedback has been made to Government by Civic Voice and other organisations about the short time frame for this consultation, especially with it being during the summer. Nonetheless, it is important that as many civic groups try and respond to this.
To help you do this
- A short briefing is available here
- A copy of the full consultation is available here
- A copy of discussion (hosted by English Heritage) on this subject can be accessed here