BEFS responds to consultations by drawing together the views of its members and associates. Consultation responses from the last two years are listed below in date order. If you are interested in older responses, please contact us.
BEFS recently submitted a response to Historic Environment Scotland’s Corporate Plan consultation. The information in the response was compiled from the responses received from BEFS members across a range of events.
BEFS recently submitted a response to the Government consultation on the Culture Strategy for Scotland (open until 19th September). BEFS consulted widely with members and also worked extensively with MGS, HLF, NTS and HES on shared concerns relating to the visibility of heritage within a strategy designed to be inclusive of all forms of culture.
Energy Efficient Scotland Consultation: Making our homes and buildings warmer, greener and more efficient (24/07/2018)
BEFS has responded to the Scottish Government consultation on energy efficient homes. Energy Efficient Scotland will require minimum energy efficiency targets to be met by all buildings in Scotland and so it is considered vital that the views of individuals and public bodies are taken into consideration and used to shape the programme.
The Scottish Government is intending to build on progress already underway in the social housing sector throughout Scotland, with three quarters of the social housing stock already meeting the energy efficiency ratings in the first EESSH milestone set for December 2020. EESSH2 proposes a longer term approach to removing poor energy efficiency as a driver for fuel poverty in social housing, and BEFS has responded to these proposals to set a challenging and aspirational target to maximise the number of social rented homes meeting an EPC band B by 2032.
BEFS invited Lucy Casot, Head of the HLF in Scotland, to present to the Historic Environment Working Group, on HLF’s research in relation to the changes being proposed. The sector-specific responses to a wide-ranging questionnaire have been summarised in the paper found here. BEFS supported many aspects of the changes but advised HLF to clearly retain their specific focus on heritage.
UPDATE: BEFS responded to the final official consultation from DCMS – the Heritage Lottery Fund Policy Directions consultation. There were no substantive changes recommended – BEFS was keen that HLF continue to share data to enable better understanding of projects and organisational need across the heritage sectors.
BEFS has responded to the latest Position Statement published by Scottish Government on the planning review. BEFS has expressed disappointment that the scope of the review has shifted from major reform to a series of procedural changes. BEFS has flagged up the inherent tension in seeking to balance greater community participation with the planning system while speeding up and simplifying decision-making processes.
This consultation proposes a gradual introduction of standards for energy efficiency and condition in private renting housing, using energy performance certificates as a method for assessment. BEFS has highlighted that EPC ratings do not apply readily to traditional buildings, and notes that management practice is a key factor, along with an understanding of how traditional buildings perform.
BEFS responded to the recent consultation on Engaging Communities in Decisions Relating to Land, suggesting that the guidance could go further in setting out the types of engagement considered appropriate in different scenarios; querying the meaning of ‘significant land holdings’; and also seeking clarification on how the guidance is to be used in urban areas.
Responding to the consultation on the future of the Scottish Planning system, BEFS has highlighted the need for a more evidence-led approach; that the consultation is heavily weighted towards housing and infrastructure issues; questions the proposed removal of strategic development plans; highlights concern over the proposed removal of supplementary planning guidance.
This consultation sought views on the Scottish Government’s draft Statement on Land Rights and Responsibilities, which provides a set of principles to guide policy development and practice relating to the relationship between land and people. BEFS’s response seeks clarity on the status of the document, how it will be applied, and the meaning of ‘high standards of land ownership, management and use’. BEFS also highlighted the need to build capacity amongst community groups in taking on assets.
In a review of the Scottish Household Survey, which provides data for many National Performance Framework indicators, BEFS endorsed the retention of questions on cultural participation (including visiting historic places) and views on culture, heritage and the arts. BEFS also endorsed retention of the measure on condition of pre-1919 dwellings (under the Household Condition Survey), and endorsed ‘rating of neighbourhood as a place to live’, and ‘participation in land use decisions’ as useful data, especially within the context of community empowerment.
BEFS submits evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Europe and External Relations Committee on Scotland’s relationship with the EU. Evidence gave 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.
Consultation on Historic Environment Scotland’s Draft Corporate Plan (08/02/16)
BEFS held a workshop on the 20th January to help assist organisations in forming their response to the above and you will find the report arising here. You can also read responses submitted by Archaeology Scotland, the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and the National Trust for Scotland.
BEFS undertook a survey in Nov/Dec 2015 on the indicator and measure for the historic environment on the National Performance Framework. The survey sought responses on the current indicator and measure and on alternatives. The Report summarises the responses.
The Scottish Government announced a review of the planning system in September and BEFS encouraged it’s Members to take the opportunity to engage at an early stage. We have received copies of submissions to the independent review panel from PAS, Archaeology Scotland, Scottish Civic Trust, Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, RTPI Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Institute of Historic Building Conservation Scotland Branch and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Historic Environment Scotland have also shared their submission.
BEFS HES Act Taskforce formed this response, primarily providing commentary on how the secondary legislation will function with recommendations to ensure transparency and parity.
BEFS submitted comments to the commission on how further devolved powers to the Scottish Parliament could be to the benefit of the built environment.
Changes to Permitted Development Rights for Development by Telecommunications Code Operators (18/04/14)
BEFS members appreciate the need for improved broadband services and mobile phone signals across Scotland but encourage the Scottish Government to ensure that the quality of the public realm and historic environment are protected from poorly sited development.You can also read responses from the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland.
BEFS welcomes the opportunity to comment on the redrafted section of the draft policy but does not support the presumption in favour of development that contributes to sustainable development. You can also read Archaeology Scotland’s response.
BEFS urges the transfer of the maximum level of funds (15%) to help ensure future management of sites of historic and cultural significance.
BEFS welcomes the recognition given to the historic environment in the document and makes some specific recommendations regarding wording as well as case studies in supplementary guidance.
Joint Consultation on the Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland and the merger of HS and RCAHMS (31/08/13)
BEFS welcomed the collaborative nature of the draft Strategy, but raised questions as to how it will be implemented and clarity on how proposed actions will address the challenges. In responding to the merger between HS and RCAHMS, BEFS focussed on the impact of a new charitable body on the third sector, capacity at local level to inform decision-making and the relationship between the new NDPB and local planning authorities.
You can also read responses from Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, ALGAO, Archaeology Scotland, Historic Houses Association, Institute for Archaeologists, Institute of Historic Building Conservation, National Trust for Scotland RTPI, Scottish Civic Trust, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and War Memorials Trust.
BEFS comment on the lack of weight given to the protection of the historic environment and call for it to have stronger links to all the Principal Policies of the SPP, acknowledging the valuable contibution it makes to Scotland’s economy and placemaking. You can also read responses from AHSS, ALGAO, Archaeology Scotland, Institute for Archaeologists, RTPI, Scottish Civic Trust and Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
BEFS comment on the strategic role the historic environment should play in reinvigorating existing places and seeks recognition for the cumulative impact of smaller scale initiatives. You can also read responses from Archaeology Scotland, Garden History Society in Scotland and RTPI.