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Heritage Impact Statements in Wales — Reminder

From 1 September 2017 a Heritage Impact Statement will be required to support any application for listed building or conservation area consent in Wales. The Heritage Impact Statement will replace the Design and Access Statement in the application process for listed building consent.
This requirement is set out in Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Wales) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/638).
Guidance on preparing a Heritage Impact Statement is contained in Heritage Impact Assessment in Wales. This is aimed principally at owners and occupiers of historic assets and their agents, but it will also be useful for decision-making authorities when formulating policies and considering applications for works to historic assets.
Please note that a Design and Access Statement will still be required to support planning applications within a World Heritage Site or conservation area for one or more dwellings or the creation of a floor space of 100 square metres (gross) or more. Further guidance is available in Design and Access Statements in Wales.

Quarter of a billion pound boost for Wales’ rural communities

On the day before the UK Government triggers Article 50, formally signalling the start of post-EU negotiations, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs has delivered a £223million boost to Wales’ rural communities.

Lesley Griffiths today confirmed she is fully committing the remaining tranche of funding under the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020.

The funding, a combination of Welsh Government and EU money, is an investment in key areas that will help rural communities to be more resilient during the post-EU transition period. It will provide Wales’ farmers, food producers, landowners and others with a certain degree of assurance that they can start to make future plans and shape their business operations accordingly.

Full details of upcoming scheme windows under the RDP will be available on the Welsh Government website in due course.

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