Serious concern has been expressed as to the time allowed for responses to the latest Government consultation "Improving Listed Building Consent".
Published on 27th July the consultation closes on 23rd August, running for a period of four weeks, a period which, especially at this time of year, presents a challenging target to meet.
Vincent Haines, Convenor of the Society's Urban Design Topic Forum, told Planning magazine "this is a very tight consultation; however, in line with previous discussions I am sure POS would be opposed to extending prior approval regime to listed buildings with all the risks and confusion that would bring."
John Silvester, Spokesperson for the Society, added, regarding the detail of the consultation, "whilst some authorities already make use of specialist consultants' advice, those local authorities that retain conservation officers rely on their sterling service. This suggestion that they can be dispensed with for the giving of advice on listed building applications is out of the blue and is unlikely to be something POS can support."
The RTPI, on behalf of 10 organisations including POS, have written to DCMS expressing serious concern at the way a government department is using new principles on consultation to reduce the time it plans to seek views on options for changing the system of listed building consents to just four weeks and over what is both the Summer holiday period and during the Olympic games.