Tuesday 31 July 2012
The Welsh Government has delegated some powers over listed building consent applications to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park planning authority.
The decision means that Pembrokeshire Coast is the first National Park in Wales able to decide certain types of listed building consent applications relating to Grade II buildings without having to notify Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment body. The Welsh Government will still be involved in all decisions relating to Grade I and II listed buildings and any buildings that have had grant funding from Cadw in the last ten years.
Carmarthenshire, Vale of Glamorgan, Monmouthshire and Pembrokeshire Councils have already applied for and been granted very similar powers.
Announcing his decision, Housing Regeneration and Heritage Minister Huw Lewis said: 'The delegation of powers over listed building consent to the Pembrokeshire National Park Planning Authority is testament to the fact the authority has shown that it has the necessary conservation expertise and its considerable competence in handling applications.
'While the decision will speed up the planning process for applicants within the national park, the National Park Authority’s excellent track record in dealing with listed buildings will mean that the listed buildings in the area will continue to be very well protected.'
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Building Conservation Officer Rob Scourfield said: 'We are very pleased to be awarded delegation for making decisions on applications concerning Grade II listed buildings within the National Park. We currently have 1,242 listed buildings in the Park, ranging from castles to cottages.'
'Delegation will mean that we will be able to provide a more efficient service, building on the good practice we follow in working closely with owners and occupiers from an early stage in the application process. Our listed buildings are a precious and finite resource, and very much part of what makes the National Park Authority unique.'