Greater certainty ahead for owners of listed buildings

Various amendments have been made to the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, with the effect of introducing the new concepts of: listed buildings (LBs) heritage partnership agreements (HPAs); LB consent orders; local LB consent orders; and certificates of lawfulness of proposed works (CLPWs) to LBs.

The legislation has come into force in a piecemeal fashion, with the recently introduced Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Heritage Partnership Agreements) Regulations 2014 now providing a clear procedure to be followed in the making of HPAs. So what is an HPA? What does it mean in practice? And what purpose does a CLPW serve in light of this?

HPAs involve a relevant local planning authority making an agreement with the owner of an LB (or part thereof) so that LB consent for the carrying out of specified works to alter or extend the building are already granted, provided any conditions attached to the consent are complied with…

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