The IHBC works hard to make sure regulators and stakeholders recognise that the National Amenity Societies (NASs) are ‘crucial to the delivery of good heritage management’, and if you are looking for insights on new NAS consultation arrangements in England, and related good practice more generally, our new Guidance Note – developed in consultation with NASs and available on the IHBC’s ToolBox resource – is the essential starting point.
Bob Kindred, IHBC research consultant and author of the new Guidance Note, said: ‘The Institute considers the statutory role of National Amenity Societies to be crucial to the delivery of good heritage management, not least given the resource pressures on local planning authority heritage services.’
‘A new simplified notification arrangement for consulting the societies in England came into operation on 31st October, using a single e-mail contact address at firstname.lastname@example.org.’
‘The new system will enable the national amenity societies to respond more efficiently under the statutory notification procedure, but local planning authorities must also play their part by ensuring that their administrative procedures are up to date.’
‘The IHBC’s new Guidance Note explains the new arrangements, and will be helpful not only to local authority conservation professionals in England but also to development management case officers and staff responsible for the registration of listed building consent applications.’
‘Following discussions with the societies the Institute has also set out some procedural good practice guidance on the registration, processing and notification of listed building consent applications to the National Amenity Societies that should enable councils to make the most of the specialist advice the societies can offer.’
IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘IHBC Guidance Notes are produced as part of an integrated resource offering online support for conservation practitioners, the IHBC’s ‘Toolbox’.’
‘Our Toolbox has been developed to help inform, advise and guide anyone with specialist interests in built and historic environment conservation. Already it offers a wide range of basic resources – the ‘tools’ in the toolbox – from primary research and guidance produced by or on behalf of the IHBC, all in line with technical, academic and practice advice and standards supported or endorsed by the Institute.’
‘This Guidance Note, on new NAS consultation arrangements in England, and related good practice. By advising on known knowledge gaps in policy and practice such as these matters, our ToolBox fulfils the role for which it was conceived and designed’.