Historic changes afoot in Scotland

Anyone owning a building in Scotland that is currently listed or that could potentially be listed would be well advised to keep an eye on the passage of the Historic Environment Scotland Bill as it makes its way through the Scottish Parliament. The bill was introduced in early March 2014.

Once enacted, the legislation will establish a new, non-departmental public body that will be the lead body responsible for managing Scotland’s historic environment. The new body will be called Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

In tandem with the introduction of the bill, the Scottish government has published a document entitled ‘Our Place in Time’, which is being billed as Scotland’s first-ever strategy for the historic environment. The strategy sets out a vision of how Scotland’s historic environment can be ‘understood, valued, cared for and enjoyed’…

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