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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.

Law Commission Consultation - Planning Law in Wales
Planning law in Wales is unnecessarily complicated and, in places, difficult to understand. The legislation has not been consolidated since the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, and that has been supplemented by a succession of piecemeal changes ever since.
8th January 2018
Building a market for energy efficiency: call for evidence
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy are seeking evidence and views on additional measures and incentives that could encourage home-owners to invest in energy efficiency improvements.
9th January 2018
Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance for the Sustainable Management of the Historic Environment
Conservation Principles is being updated to set out Historic England’s approach to conservation in a format that is more accessible and aligned with the language of the National Planning Policy Framework and legislation. This consultation is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in how Historic England carries out research, advises the government on heritage designations, or provides advice on planning and conservation of the historic environment to influence the principles we use and the way we understand and conserve the significance of our shared heritage.
2nd February 2018
Registration of town and village greens
The Welsh Government want your views on proposed changes to the registration of town and village greens following the commencement of relevant provisions in the Planning (Wales) Act 2015.
2nd February 2018
Historic England Draft Guidance on Dealing with Contested Heritage
Contested (or difficult or problematic) heritage has been in the headlines a great deal recently. There are many views on how to best manage this heritage, with some wanting to preserve it, others wanting to reinterpret it, and yet others wanting to remove or move it. We have therefore drafted this guidance for those who own or manage contested heritage.
16th February 2018
Archive of Past IHBC Consultations Responses

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Representations on any current paper can be made via this link. Representations are welcome from both members and non-members of the Institute.

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