Changes to Listed Building Consent Regime Planned

Listed Building Consent is set to become a much less bureaucratic exercise, with owners potentially requiring much less restriction for undertaking works which are not in parts of the building which are contributing factors to the listed building itself. The findings have been published in the Penfold Review of non-planning consents, and is an initiative being led by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS).

The Government also plans to enable developers to seek a Certificate of Immunity (COI) from listing or scheduling at any time, valid for five years. This would change the existing arrangements whereby COIs are only issued in relation to listing and after the developer has applied for planning permission.

By removing this requirement, it is thought that this will reduce workloads of stretched council staff. Ministers have also announced consultation on options for allowing certification of applications for Listed Building Consent by accredited independent agents. ‘Accredited Agent’ as yet to be defined, however, it would be reasonable to assume that an individual should be a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, as a minimum.

It remains to be seen what else Ministers will consider in order to make planning less bureaucratic, in an effort to stimulate the economy.

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