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The Institute of Historic Building Conservation

The mark of the conservation Professional


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.
Historic Environment Forum Client Demand Task Group (CDTG)
Consultation on market conditions for expert and specialist heritage skills and services
11th April 2017
Managing Change in the Historic Environment: Windows
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is asking for views on their new revised non-statutory guidance note on Managing Change in the Historic Environment: Windows.
28th April 2017
Fixing our broken housing market
Consultation on changes to planning policy and legislation in relation to planning for housing, sustainable development and the environment.
2nd May 2017
Historic environment Scotland: New Guidance on Research Excavations
Historic Environment Scotland are updating their series of non-statutory guidance notes on best practices in Managing Change in the Historic Environment. These documents provide guidance on making changes to the historic environment and are in line with Scottish Planning Policy and Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement
5th May 2017
Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning: 4 – Enabling Development and Heritage Assets
Enabling development is a term to describe development that would normally be unacceptable in planning terms. In certain circumstances, this type of development may be allowed because it can bring public benefits. The refurbishment and conservation of a heritage asset is an example of this type of development. This draft advice document explains how to balance considerations for and against enabling development. It also explains how the future conservation of a heritage asset (or a group of assets) can be secured as a result.

It aims to provide advice to help local authorities, planning and other consultants, owners, applicants and other interested parties. This document is an updated and revised version of Enabling Development & the Conservation of Significant Places, originally published in 2008.
14th May 2017
Archive of Past IHBC Consultations Responses
Click on links to view past responses (PDF format)
Representations on any current paper can be made via this link. Representations are welcome from both members and non-members of the Institute.