Historic Environment (Wales) Bill

This Bill broadly aims to give more effective protection to listed buildings and scheduled monuments, enhances existing mechanisms for the sustainable management of the historic environment, and introduces greater transparency and accountability into decisions taken on the historic environment.

The intention of the Bill is to create the following measures:

  • allow the Welsh Ministers to put an immediate halt to unauthorised works to scheduled monuments and make it easier for action to be taken against those who have damaged or destroyed monuments;
  • enable authorities to act quickly if a listed building is under threat from unauthorised works and give them greater flexibility in dealing with historic buildings that require urgent works to protect them from further decay;
  • make it easier for owners or developers to create sustainable new uses for unlisted historic buildings by relaxing the conditions for applications for certificates of immunity from listing;
  • create a statutory register of Wales’ historic parks and gardens;
  • allow owners of historic assets to negotiate partnership agreements with consenting authorities for a period of years, eliminating the need for repeated consent applications for similar works and encouraging more consistent and coherent management of the buildings or monuments;
  • secure a more stable future for Wales’ historic environment records, which provide detailed information and advice on the historic environment to local planning authorities and the public;
  • make existing structures for the designation of nationally important historic assets more open and transparent by introducing formal consultation with owners and establishing a mechanism to review decisions; and
  • establish an independent panel to advise on historic environment policy and strategy at a national level in Wales.

This page shows the progress of the bill and provides supplementary documents.

Date: 01/05/2015 Date of publication

AuthorNational Assembly for Wales

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 4.37

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