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The Rural Development Contracts (Rural Priorities) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011

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Amendment to option 70 (active management to improve the condition of vernacular rural buildings, archaeological or historic sites and historic landscapes)

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49.  In option 70 (active management to improve the condition of vernacular rural buildings, archaeological or historic sites and historic landscapes)—

(a)in column 2—

(i)in paragraph (1)(a), omit “and subsequently monitors and manages the improved sites”;

(ii)in paragraph (1), for sub-paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)carries out a programme of specified repair to conserve and enhance the historic fabric of pre 1940 vernacular buildings, excluding buildings designated as scheduled monuments under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979(1).;

(iii)in paragraph (2)(a)(i), after “managed” insert “and the location of works and capital items proposed, supported by annotated photographic documentation”;

(iv)in paragraph (2)(a), for head (ii) substitute—

(ii)keep a photographic record of each site before management commences and then after the first year, three years and five years of the management of the site; and;;

(v)omit paragraph (2)(b)(iii);

(vi)in paragraph (2)(b)(iv), after “visible features on site” insert “unless the beneficiary has obtained written confirmation from the local authority that a reduced distance is appropriate”;

(vii)in paragraph (2)(b)(v), after “reseeding” insert “for which archaeological supervision by a qualified and competent person working to the Institute For Archaeologists (IFA) standard or similar recognised standard for archaeological work in the UK is required unless the beneficiary has obtained written confirmation from Historic Scotland, in the case of scheduled monuments, or the local authority, in the case of unscheduled sites, that supervision is not required”;

(viii)in paragraph (2)(b), for head (vi) substitute—

(vi)on the basis of specialist advice, consolidation of masonry in ruined buildings including vegetation removal. Work must be restricted to the minimum level of intervention required to prevent further deterioration;;

(ix)in paragraph (2)(b)(vii), after “historic sites” insert “for which archaeological supervision by a qualified and competent person working to the Institute For Archaeologists (IFA) standard or similar recognised standard for archaeological work in the UK is required unless the beneficiary has obtained written confirmation from Historic Scotland, in the case of scheduled monuments, or the local authority, in the case of unscheduled sites, that supervision is not required”;

(x)in paragraph (2), for sub-paragraph (c) substitute—

(c)a beneficiary must submit receipted invoices in support of payment claims. Works associated with the requirements of the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994(2) are ineligible for funding.;

(xi)in paragraph (3)(a)—

(aa)at the end of head (i), omit “and”; and

(bb)at the end of head (ii) insert—

and

(iii)submit a map or sketch detailing the precise location of the building to be repaired together with any relevant drawings or plans, supported by annotated photographic documentation showing location of works and capital items proposed;;

(xii)in paragraph (3), for sub-paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)a beneficiary is eligible for payment if the beneficiary—

(i)carries out repairs on the historic fabric of the building on a like-for-like basis or the re-instatement of original or historic feature or materials; at least 75% of the walls of the building must survive to the wallhead; and

(ii)submits receipted invoices in support of payment claims; specialist fees, including architects’ and engineers’ fees, are eligible for payment;; and

(xiii)in paragraph (3), for sub-paragraph (c) substitute—

(c)for five years after the beneficiary has received payment—

(i)the buildings, sites or landscapes, for which works have been funded under this option, must be maintained and not modified or sold; and

(ii)the buildings must not be used for human residential habitation; and

(d)this option can be undertaken with other rural priorities options if this does not result in the loss or modification of the historic fabric of the building or the unnecessary loss of original internal fixtures.; and

(b)in column 3—

(i)for “at 100%” substitute “up to 100%”;

(ii)for “at 75%” substitute “up to 75%”; and

(iii)after “project costs incurred.” insert—

For options (a) and (b), specialist fees and statutory consents fees up to a maximum of 12% of the overall project costs..

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