Independent review of planning appeal inquiries: call for evidence

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has called for evidence on the planning appeals inquiries process. The consultation seeks views on the current operation of the process and on how the system could be improved to work more efficiently. For more information, and to respond to the Call for Evidence, please see the consultation…

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Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) Conduct Consultation

DEFRA is currently seeking views on how fairly and effectively IFCAs have operated in the past four years. The consultation asks for views on five success criteria: 1:  IFCAs are recognised and heard, balancing the economic needs of the fishery whilst working in partnership and engaging with stakeholders 2:  IFCAs implement a fair, effective and…

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Consultation on the proposed clarification of building regulations guidance on fire safety

The Government is consulting on its redrafting of ‘Approved Document B’, after promising to clarify building regulations guidance on fire safety. The new draft has been restructured in places in the hope that this will improve clarity and usability. The guide is now split, for example, between dwellings and non-dwellings, rather than dwelling houses and…

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Permitted Development for Shale Gas Exploration Consultation

The Government is asking for views on whether non-hydraulic fracturing shale gas exploration should be given planning permission through a permitted development right, and thus not require planning consent. The Government is also asking in which circumstances this right should be applied. The consultation suggests areas where this right should not be applied, which include…

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Consultation on society lotteries

Following advice from the Gambling Commission on a wide range of options, the Government is consulting on amending the limits for society lotteries in the following four areas: ● Large society lotteries: sales limits for individual draws ● Large society lotteries: prize limits for Individual draws ● Large society lotteries: annual sales limits ● Small…

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HE consultation on revised piling guidance

Historic England has undertaken a substantial update to its guidance on Piling and Archaeology. The main reasons for these changes were to align the document better with the NPPF and with Historic England’s recent guidance on Preserving Archaeological Remains. The amendments place a greater emphasis on the importance of understanding the significance of the site…

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Consultation on the Fisheries white paper: ‘Sustainable fisheries for future generations’

DEFRA is consulting on its Fisheries white paper, which lays out their vision for the marine environment and the fishing industry post-Brexit. Heritage is conspicuous by its absence in the paper, so the consultation provides an opportunity to promote its importance. Of interest from a heritage perspective are question 14, which asks for comments on…

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Open consultations

Older consultations/surveys are currently open include: Historic England contested heritage consultation. Closes 16th February. England’s cathedrals’ future governance and funding. Closes on 28th February. Law Commission consultation on planning law in Wales. Closes 1 March. Local Authority Fair funding review: a review of relative needs and resources. Closes at 11:45pm on 12 March. Arts Council…

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Consultation on new guidance for charities that are connected with non-charitable organisations

The Charity Commission has launched a consultation on draft guidance setting out the principles for managing relationships with organisations that are not charities. It is common for charities to have close connections with non-charities, for example trading subsidiaries or charities established by commercial businesses, and that this is not a concern in principle. However, the…

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HLF strategic funding framework consultation

This is a key consultation for the heritage sector and we encourage as many of you as possible to submit a response. Heritage Alliance members should send points they want included in our response to policy@theheritagealliance.org.uk asap. The consultation looks at how the HLF should use National Lottery Good Causes income for the period from…

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