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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.

Energy Efficient Scotland: Improving energy efficiency in owner occupied homes
This consultation sets out details of an energy efficiency standard for owner occupied homes to reach, and suggests that it should be legally binding. It also sets out how homeowners can be helped and supported to bring their homes up to the standard.
8th April 2020
Guidance on Alterations to Listed Buildings
This is an internal consultation on the IHBC’s draft Listed Buildings Guidance document.

The intention is to produce a guidance document which builds on and updates the useful material in previously deleted documents (such as PPG15 Annex C & Historic Scotland Memorandum of Guidance, Appendix 1) whilst updating it in line with current practice and introducing approaches to present day issues such as climate change, energy conservation and access. The advice concerns alterations to listed buildings but does not provide advice on the need for listed building consent or interpretation of the relevant statutes.
17th April 2020
Historic England:Our Local Authority Strategic Framework (LASF)
This document summarises key elements of Historic England’s Local Authority Strategic Framework (LASF), which aims to guide our engagement with local authorities beyond site-specific casework and taking account of the organisation’s new structure . The framework supports the prioritisation of Historic England limited resources and helps local authorities to understand what we do, why and how .
20th April 2020
Historic England Advice Note 4: Tall Buildings
The Advice Note, which was originally published in 2007 and was last updated in 2015, states that whilst tall buildings can make a positive contribution to city life, by virtue of their size and widespread visibility they can also seriously harm the historic character of places. It highlights the importance of carefully considering historic context and protecting the historic environment and the need for high-quality design, as well as the need for sustainable development.
26th April 2020
Commercial Renewable Energy and the Historic Environment
Historic England are seeking views on the draft text for a new Advice Note which describes the potential impacts on the historic environment of commercial renewable energy proposals, either as individual projects, or as projects which when taken together cover large areas of land.
28th May 2020
Changes to listed building consent applications
The Welsh Government want your views on changes to listed building consent applications which seek to streamline the consenting process, where it concerns applications made by a local planning authority.
8th June 2020
Archive of Past IHBC Consultations Responses

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Representations on any current paper can be made via this link. Representations are welcome from both members and non-members of the Institute.

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