Proposed Listed Building Consent Order

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) is consulting on a proposed draft national Listed Building Consent Order (LBCO), which would, if approved by Parliament, grant listed building consent for certain specified works of alteration or extension to certain listed buildings in England owned, controlled or managed by the Canal & River Trust (largely canal locks and lock gates, and canal bridges).

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Vale of Llangollen Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Vale of Llangollen

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The intention is to reduce the unnecessary burden on the Canal & River Trust, as the nominated protector of this important national industrial heritage, of having to make separate listed building consent applications for this type of work, and the related burden on local planning authorities of having to determine them.

The LBCO will mean that the Canal & River Trust will not have to apply to each local planning authority separately for listed building consent for these works every time.

MHCLG’s consultation on the proposed Draft Order can be found here.

Under the terms of the proposed Draft Order, before undertaking any works specified in the Draft Order, the Canal & River Trust must first agree with Historic England a methodology for how the works will be carried out, and your views are sought on the draft Conservation Management Methodology and Principles.

The proposed Methodology and Principles, which have been prepared and agreed by the Canal & River Trust and Historic England, can be found on both the Canal & River Trust and Historic England websites:

Draft Conservation Management Methodology and Principles

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The document sets out the detailed principles and governance arrangements the Trust will put in place for undertaking works covered by the Order and includes a Scoping Table of Indicative Works and a flowchart giving more information on the process for works which would be covered by the proposed Draft Order.

Last date edited: 20 November 2020