Inquiry into the Historic Environment

The Wales Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee is undertaking a rapid select committee inquiry into the historic environment, following the publication of new heritage policy and guidance in 2016-17, and the Historic Environemnt (Wales) Act 2016.  The CLA was closely involved in both, and the CLA evidence generally supports the Act and Cadw's new best practice guidance, but suggests better ways of addressing the problem of buildings at risk, and expresses strong concerns about the dangerous system of 'preservation notices' in a last-minute addition to the Act.  In addition it points out the need to reform the current very labour-intensive heritage protection system, so that it can operate much more effectively within the limited levels of resourcing which will actually be available on the ground.

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