The Queen’s speech is always used as an opportunity for the government to lay out their legislative agenda for the coming year. While details are few, it does give an indication of what new laws we can expect to see, and points to changes that might impact on heritage.
There were three significant announcements for listed building owners: a commitment to net zero carbon emissions, the drive to “levelling up”, and a less publicised change which will further tighten requirements for those who use off-mains drainage.
As part of so-called “levelling up” the government will be creating more Heritage Action Zones in the north, as well as expanding their Future High Streets program. This does create some funding for listed buildings, although it will likely be difficult for individual homeowners to apply directly.
The Club will be engaging with the government on the other two proposals, asking how listed buildings will be expected to achieve net zero given the present planning restrictions, and conferring with DEFRA to discuss what the future standards will be and whether listed buildings may be given an exemption or support to make the changes.
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