The Consultations Committee
The IHBC constantly monitors discussion papers issued by Government Departments and other national and regional organisations, together with Green and White Papers, proposed changes to policy and guidance and other consultations relevant to building conservation and heritage-led regeneration. The Consultations Committee formulates responses to these documents on behalf of the IHBC. The Consultations process is therefore a key element in formulating the IHBC’s external policy on a range of issues.

Current Consultations
The IHBC may not necessarily comment on all consultations, but we are glad to hear opinions from both members and non-members.
Where On Earth Are We? The role of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) in archaeological field survey (Second Edition)
The English Heritage guidance paper ‘Where on Earth are We? The Global Positioning System (GPS) in Archaeological Field Survey’ was first published in 2003 just as the use of GPS for survey was beginning to make an impact in archaeology. This new edition brings the publication up to date by covering the major developments such as (a) the introduction of OS Net (b) the growth in the use of lower-cost mapping-grade systems and (c) the development of the Russian ‘Glonass’ and European ‘Galileo’ satellite systems (which along with the American GPS satellite system are now referred to collectively as GNSS). The guidance draws upon the working practices of English Heritage field teams over the last ten years.
8th August 2014
Historic military aviation sites, conservation management guidance
English Heritage are inviting comment on this draft text which is a revised version of the 2003 document 'Historic military aviation sites, conservation management guidance'. This has been compiled in consultation with an internal working group.
15th August 2014
Northern Ireland - Planning Reform and Transfer to Local Government: Proposals for Subordinate Legislation
The Department of the Environment has issued a consultation paper which sets out proposals for subordinate legislation to introduce reforms to the planning system and transfer responsibility for the majority of planning functions to the new district councils in April 2015.
20th August 2014
Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning
English Heritage invites views on Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning. These are intended to assist local planning authorities, planning and other consultants, owners, applicants and other interested parties in implementing historic environment policy in the National Planning Policy Framework and the related guidance given in the Planning Practice Guidance, recently published by the Government.
5th September 2014
The urban dimension of EU policies – key features of an EU Urban Agenda
Europe continues to be faced with challenges related to the economy, the climate, the environment, and society at large. Most of these challenges have a strong urban dimension. But although cities’ role for economic, social and cultural development, and their potential for a more resource efficient habitat, have long been recognised, the policy response at European and national level has been slow and piecemeal, with many but poorly integrated sectoral initiatives.
26th September 2014
Representations on any current paper can be made to James Caird the IHBC Consultations Co-ordinator via the link above. Representations are welcome from both members and non-members of the Institute.