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Our Response

Overview

Cadw’s offices are currently closed but the historic environment casework and advisory teams that administer our designation, consent, consultation and grants functions, are continuing to work from home. We are trying to maintain as much business continuity as possible, but the services that we can provide at this time are limited.

Currently, our staff are not making site visits or attending meetings in person but we will continue to provide advice by telephone and electronic means wherever possible.

In addition, we are not able to receive or respond to post at the moment, but if you do have any urgent queries please either contact your usual casework advisor or email cadw@gov.wales

If more Cadw staff are redeployed to support the Welsh Government’s wider response to the COVID-19 pandemic there will inevitably be more disruption to casework delivery and the timeliness of our responses. We will continue to provide updates about the impact of COVID-19 measures on casework on this page.

We apologise for the disruption to normal service and thank you for your understanding.

Please stay safe and observe Government advice about COVID-19.

Listed buildings and scheduled monuments

We are not visiting buildings or monuments proposed for designation but we will continue to accept requests submitted by email and undertake initial desk-based assessments.

Historic parks and gardens

We have been consulting with owners and occupiers about the extent of registered historic parks and gardens in preparation for the introduction of a statutory register. The consultation exercise was nearing completion but we have suspended it until the current crisis is over.

We are able to receive and process applications for scheduled monument consent within the limitations imposed on us. Please complete the form on our website and submit to scheduledmonuments@gov.wales  Upon receipt of your application, we will contact you to discuss the details and agree a time frame for processing and decision.

Planning services across Wales have been significantly disrupted and delayed by restrictions on non-essential travel and the redeployment of staff. The Welsh Government’s guidance to local planning authorities of 29 April 2020 can be accessed here. We can confirm that the advice about site visits, site notices and publicity also applies to applications for listed building and conservation area consent.

We would emphasise, however, that a proper understanding of the building based on a site visit is particularly important when assessing the impact of proposals on the special architectural or historic interest of a listed building. Where site visits still cannot be made, we recommend that local authorities and applicants collaborate to agree extended time frames until normal planning services can be resumed.

We will continue to do our best to provide responses to all the local authorities in Wales but responses may take longer than normal.  Please send planning consultations to cadwplanning@gov.wales and listed building consents to listedbuildingconsent@gov.wales

Our capital grant programmes for historic buildings and ancient monuments help to maintain historic community buildings, historic monuments and archaeological sites and support community projects to engage with local heritage assets.

We will be contacting applicants in due course to review progress with their applications.