The Historic Environment Scotland Act gained Royal Assent on 9th December 2014. The Act establishes Historic Environment Scotland (HES) as a new Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) which will take over the functions of Historic Scotland and RCAHMS. In addition to changes to legislation reflecting HES’ role and legal status, the Act changes processes for the designation of sites and buildings (by scheduling and listing) and for scheduled monuments, listed buildings and conservation areas consent creates new rights of appeal against certain HES decisions. HES will be a statutory consultee in relation to listed building and conservation area consents and also in relation to EIA. Planning authorities will need to put in place their own arrangements for consulting HES: Historic Scotland will be happy to advise/discuss in the run-up to the changeover
The objective of this consultation is to listen to you views on the draft Regulations which follow on from the Act and set out the detail of these processes. This consultation is important, as the specifics of how these processes work will have a direct impact on a wide range of people including owners of Scheduled monuments and listed buildings and heritage professionals.