Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

Memorandum submitted by Edwardes Square Scarsdale and Abingdon Association (ESSA) (ERR 34)

I am writing on behalf of the Edwardes Square Scarsdale and Abingdon Association (ESSA) and as an architect accredited in building conservation to comment on Schedule 16 Heritage Planning of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.

Paragraph 7.  We are concerned that there is no requirement for the Secretary of State to consult with either specialist organisations such as the Georgian Group or with the local community in the form of the local planning authority.  We support the idea of the SoS being able to define elements of a building which are not of special architectural or historic interest but particularly with more recent examples the understanding of what is significant or of special interest is constantly evolving and there needs to be a provision for the SoS to review that decision if evidence emerges to support the assessment of special interest.

Paragraph 9.  Heritage Partnership Agreements.  We note the provision in 9B (2) for the SoS to make regulations for consultation and publicity.  We consider that this should be a prerequisite and not discretionary.  It is essential that affected groups including specialist societies, local planning authorities and local amenity groups should be consulted and able to submit their views on any heritage partnership agreement in their area or their specialist period.

July 2012

Prepared 13th July 2012