Heritage Change Data

To monitor Heritage performance it is important that data on the following is collected annually (the use of SHEA is limited due to it providing usually net data, and only being published bi-annually - so limiting comparison to other parts of UK) :-

(A) Additions, removals and updates to designated assets (Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas, Registered Gardens, Battlefields, etc) - not just net data as now. The argument that approving demolition of a LB doesn't mean it is demolished immediately could be got round by a simple "Notification of Demolition" requirement. Currently there is no financial penalty for unauthorised demolitions.

(B) % of Listed Buildings (by Council Area) which have had the List Description reviewed in the last 10 years (progressively reducing to 5 years to align with Development Plan timetables). (This is to try and resource/ prioritise Area & Thematic Reviews which are currently losing out to the focus on Individual LB Reviews).

(C) % of Conservation Areas which have a Management Plan which is less than 5 years old (as the legislation requires). All CA's are supposed to have had a Character Assessment at the point of designation.

(D) % of Listed Building Consent applications approved and refused (by LPA area) (This has been allowed to drop out of the published Planning statistics). Including the number of partial or full demolitions approved.

(E) % of planning applications in Conservation Areas approved or refused (by LPA area) (This has been allowed to drop out of the published Planning statistics - so that it is for example impossible to assess impact of changes in PD regulations).

(F) Annual report on estimated number (and in due course trends) of staff with specialist expertise in a) archaeological, b) conservation and c) design expertise in i) LPAs ii) HES & Scottish Government (inc Appeals Service) and estimates of numbers with such expertise in iii)  voluntary and iv) private sector. As an overview of trends emerges such data should gradually be extended to specialist building and other heritage trades to link to and improve training strategy. 

(G) HES should move SHEA to a timetabled Annual Report and use an Annual e-Survey (as English Heritage does) to gather both the above information - and individual and sector views on contemporary heritage issues


Why the contribution is important

With new body (HES - Historic Environment Scotland) due to commence on 1st October 2015 it is importance that there is an effective performance data context to its activities. There are major limitations to current biannual SHEA which urgently need to be addressed. Equally - it appears that "bad news" is too often hidden by limiting data (eg net changes rather than actual changes).

by DaveS on July 13, 2015 at 10:58AM

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