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The Institute of Historic Building Conservation

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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.
21th July 2017
A sector deal for UK tourism
Visit Britain has launched a consultation to support a new sector deal for tourism. The tourism deal will focus on:
  • Improving productivity
  • Improving infrastructure and connectivity
  • How to make tourism the industry of choice for young people and develop the necessary skills base
  • How to ensure that we have the right product for changing customers and continue to compete globally in a digital world
  • Developing regulation that enables tourism growth.

It is important that heritage organisations feed into this work as a key part of the tourism sector.
7th August 2017
Changes to DCMS Statistical Publications
DCMS is reviewing its statistical outputs including the Taking Part Survey, DCMS Sector Economic Estimates and the Community Life Survey to meet the growing demand for analysis to inform policy decisions. These proposals are set out in its statistical work plan.

Of particular interest to the heritage sector are:
  • Taking Part: survey of cultural and sporting activities (Page 5) – proposal to discontinue the quarter 2 statistical release and only publish an annual report.
  • Export of Objects of Cultural Interest (Page 6) proposal to discontinue publication
  • Other DCMS statistical releases (Page 8) – do the current content and format of releases meet your needs?
7th August 2017
The Socio Economic Duty
The socio-economic duty asks particular public authorities to do more to tackle the inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage. In particular, the duty aims to make sure that strategic decisions about the most important issues are carefully thought through so that they are as effective as they can be in tackling socio-economic disadvantage and reducing inequalities of outcome. These strategic decisions would include, for example, an economic development strategy; or an annual budget setting out key investment choices.
12th September 2017
The Raynsford Review of planning: Call for evidence
The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA)'s Raynsford review of planning has issued a call for evidence. The review aims to identify how the Government can reform the planning system to make it fairer, better resourced and capable of tackling the major challenges which confront the nation.

The task force is keen to hear from a broad range of professionals, public agencies, interest groups and members of the general public. You can respond in the following ways:

Questions of relevance to heritage include:
  • How inclusive and effective are current approaches to community involvement in planning?
  • To what extent has the greater use of permitted development for the conversion of buildings met the objectives of sustainable development?
  • Does the planning system contribute to achieving sustainable development in the long-term public interest?

The Heritage Alliance will be responding in due course.
31st October 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.