A new consultation outlining proposals for the introduction of additional measures to support the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and help authorities and individuals to manage the historic environment in a sustainable way has been launched.
Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates, who is also responsible for Culture and Heritage in Wales, said: “When the ground-breaking Act was passed by the Assembly earlier this year, it was widely acknowledged that the legislation was part of a wider package of measures to improve the careful management of the historic environment.
“During 2016 and 2017 we shall be holding a series of consultations to gather views on various measures framed to complement and support the provisions of the Act, and I would encourage everyone to get involved.”
This initial consultation, which runs until 3 October 2016, covers two main areas:
- The introduction of secondary legislation, with three of the proposals put forward focusing on procedural regulations and the fourth looking at the introduction of a Heritage Impact Assessment.
A guidance document, Heritage Impact Assessment in Wales has also been produced to help owners, occupiers and agents understand the assessment process and prepare a heritage impact statement. This guidance document is also part of the consultation
- The introduction of best practice guidance, covering the following five areas:
- Managing Change in World Heritage Sites in Wales
- Managing Change to Listed Buildings in Wales
- Managing Lists of Historic Assets of Special Local Interest in Wales
- Managing Conservation Areas in Wales
- Setting of Historic Assets in Wales.
Running concurrently with this consultation, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths has launched a separate but linked consultation seeking views on new planning advice for the historic environment.
Both of these consultations mark the first phase of a programme that, over the next two years, will give Wales an integrated body of policy, advice and guidance for the historic environment.
Mr Skates added: “Building upon the legislative foundation provided by the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016, this will put in place up-to-date and proportionate mechanisms for the careful and consistent management of change, so present and future generations can continue to enjoy, appreciate and be inspired by our precious historic environment
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