BEFS Update

During these extraordinary times, BEFS is providing short weekly updates on relevant information for the built environment sector.

Historic Environment Scotland have launched a new survey to understand the impacts of this fast-changing situation on the historic environment sector across Scotland. To paint as broad and accurate a picture as possible, please take the time to share your views. You can help us understand the current position and outlook as businesses, organisations and community groups within Scotland’s historic environment sector.

The survey will be open until Thursday 30 April.

We have updated our COVID-19 Funding Advice Table with links to the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund being delivered through the SCVO.  The National Lottery Heritage Fund opened its Emergency Fund to applications yesterday

The Scottish Government has laid regulations in the Scottish Parliament for the regulatory planning process to continue during this emergency period. These include the temporary steps to suspend need for (i) public events in pre-application consultation, (ii) local review bodies meeting in public and (iii) hard copies of EIA reports in physical places. Guidance will be forthcoming, full legislation details are here.

BEFS received the following response to its submission on energy efficiency on owner occupied homes: “at this moment we have had to postpone the analysis of the responses whilst we turn our efforts towards the Covid-19 response.” This gives some indication of the delay we can anticipate across a number of agendas.

During these extraordinary times, BEFS will be providing these short updates weekly when relevant information for the built environment sector becomes available, in addition to the fortnightly bulletin.