Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has launched its ‘Planning Performance Framework Report 2018-19’, which summarises activity ‘for the designation, management and protection of the historic environment’, including ‘making decisions on designation and providing advice on how Scotland’s heritage should be managed as part of planning decisions’, and which also highlights service improvement plans such as the ‘facilitation of Local Authority training and forums (to replace LAHEF)’.
The Planning Performance Report is a summary of our activity for the designation, management and protection of the historic environment within the Scottish Planning System.
This includes making decisions on the designation of listed buildings and scheduled monuments and providing advice on how Scotland’s heritage should be managed as part of planning decisions.
Service Improvements 2019-20 (p 28 of the Report)
We have identified 7 key service improvements for the coming year:
- Analyse the Planning Bill and secondary legislation to identify areas where we can support implementation.
- Continue to develop our approach to supporting successful place-making through our role in planning, including the Place Principle, Key Agencies Group initiatives on placemaking, and the Place Standard.
- Deliver the initial priorities of the HEPS legacy programme, including:
- creation of a policy steering group and preparation and publication of topic specific guidance
- training for decision-makers to support the introduction of new historic environment policies
- scope the facilitation of Local Authority training and forums (to replace LAHEF)
- Work with local authorities to identify more efficient and effective working practice.
- Continue joint working with Scottish Natural Heritage to develop a common understanding of landscape to ensure that cultural and natural aspects are recognised.
- Undertake recommendations from the recent Scheduled Monument Consent User Survey to make our processes more accessible:
- set out a standard for pre-application
- improve information on unauthorised works
- develop a more user friendly SMC application form
- Delivery of ‘Past Protectors’, a collaborative project which will work with young people to deliver greater awareness and education around heritage crime and how to prevent it.
For background see the NewsBlog