BEFS prepares written evidence to parliamentary committee inquiries and briefings for committee meeting discussions and parliamentary debates. Papers are listed in date order.
BEFS, CIfA, Archaeology Scotland and ALGAO collectively responded to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee’s call for evidence on EU Environmental and Animal Welfare Principles. The response emphasises the need to ensure that the protective measures currently enshrined within EU law are not lost or diluted due to Brexit. Of particular note are issues relating to the ‘polluter pays’ principle and the primacy of the precautionary principle.
BEFS submitted information to the Local Government and Communities Committee in response to their call for evidence on the Planning (Scotland) Bill. BEFS submission comments on the need for additional investment in planning to ensure improved community engagement, the need for regional planning to retain a statutory footing and for planning to have a statutory purpose that aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. You can also read Member submissions from Archaeology Scotland, Cockburn Association, National Trust for Scotland, CiFA/FAME, RTPI Scotland, IHBC Scotland, RIAS, RICS, Architecture & Design Scotland, AHSS, ALGAO and PAS. The response from Historic Environment Scotland can also be found here.
BEFS submitted information to the Finance and Constitution Committee in response to their call for evidence on the estimated financial implications of the Planning (Scotland) Bill as set out in its accompanying Financial Memorandum (FM). BEFS submission comments specifically on Strategic Development Plans, Local Development Plans and Local Place Plans.
BEFS submitted information to the Scottish Parliament’s Europe and External Relations Committee in response to their call for evidence on Scotland’s relationship with the EU. The evidence submitted gives a flavour of members’ involvement with the EU in terms of the relevant EU Directives, funding relationships, networks and projects, training and movement of people with specialist skills.
BEFS welcomes the Stage 2 amendment which gave emphasis to HES working collaboratively with stakeholders but remains concerned about the ongoing capacity of local authorities to protect and manage the historic environment in the face of ongoing budget cuts.
BEFS briefing highlights 4 key points to MSPs: the relationship between HES and local authorities, the need for a collaborative ethos, detail required for Properties in Care and the definition of ‘historic environment’. You can also read briefings from the RTPI Scotland and Society of Antiquaries for Scotland.
BEFS evidence flags up the need for existing legislation and policy to be better and more consistently applied and for the relationship between HES and local government to be written into primary legislation. You can also read the response from the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland.
In this evidence BEFS highlighted the integrated benefits associated with area-based, heritage-led regeneration, featuring projects that have received targeted investment via the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Associated benefits reach far beyond the physical interventions to ‘make good’ our historic buildings.