The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) is consulting on a proposed draft national Listed Building Consent Order (LBCO), which would, if approved by Parliament, grant listed building consent for certain specified works of alteration or extension to certain listed buildings in England owned, controlled or managed by the Canal & River Trust (largely canal locks and lock gates, and canal bridges).
The intention is to reduce the unnecessary burden on the Canal & River Trust, as the nominated protector of this important national industrial heritage, of having to make separate listed building consent applications for this type of work, and the related burden on local planning authorities of having to determine them.
The LBCO will mean that the Canal & River Trust will not have to apply to each local planning authority separately for listed building consent for these works every time.
Under the terms of the proposed Draft Order, before undertaking any works specified in the Draft Order, the Canal & River Trust must first agree with Historic England a methodology for how the works will be carried out, and views are sought on the draft Conservation Management Methodology and Principles.
The closing date of the consultation is 14 January 2019. Further details are available by clicking here.