The Development of the Act

An aerial view of Chirk Castle

An aerial view of Chirk Castle

Engagement and research

The development of the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 began with wide-ranging engagement with stakeholders and the public in 2012–2013 to take stock of the Welsh historic environment and the existing systems for its protection and management.

Building upon the evidence gathered during the engagement, Cadw commissioned four research reports to inform the formulation of proposals for the legislation and associated measures:

  • Heritage Bill for Wales: A research project to investigate three of the emerging topics;
  • Heritage Bill for Wales: Options for the Delivery of Local Authority Historic Environment Conservation Services in Wales;
  • Refining the Listed Building Consent Process; and
  • An Options Appraisal for the Future of Third Sector Support for the Historic Environment of Wales.

These reports are available to download below.