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.
Consultation on Changes to Permitted Development Rights for Development by Telecommunications Code Operators
The consultation seeks views on proposals to amend and update class 67 of the General Permitted Development Order. The proposals would simplify the planning process around the provision of essential broadband and telecoms infrastructure in both urban and rural areas.
18th April 2014
Review of Planning Conditions Circular and model conditions
Welsh Office Circular 35/95 gives guidance on the use of planning conditions. It contains an appendix with model conditions. Although much of this guidance is still relevant, we need to publish an updated version to include:
  • recommendations made in recent studies
  • changes to legislation, guidance, case law and practice since 1995.
This proposed new circular will bring advice up to date. It will give a new list of standard conditions to help promote best practice in the use of planning conditions in Wales.
24th April 2014
Draft Strategic Planning Policy Statement For Northern Ireland (SPPS)
The SPPS sets out the Department’s regional planning policies for securing the orderly and consistent development of land in Northern Ireland under a reformed two-tier planning system.
26th April 2014
The National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP) sets out how English Heritage together with partners in the heritage sector, will prioritise and deliver heritage protection from 2011 to 2015. Its objective is to make the best use of our resources so that England's vulnerable historic environment is safeguarded in the most cost-effective way at a time of massive social, environmental, economic and technological change.
2nd May 2014
Operation of the National Planning Policy Framework
The Committee is conducting an inquiry into the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in its first two years. The Committee wants to hear about the impact of the framework on planning for housing, town centres and energy infrastructure.
8th May 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.