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Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2023

Section 13 — Authorisation of works by scheduled monument consent

63.Section 13 provides for the authorisation of works by the grant of scheduled monument consent.

64.Subsection (1) sets out that works are authorised if written consent has been granted by the Welsh Ministers and the works are carried out in accordance with the terms of the consent, which may include conditions. Sections 18 and 19 make further provision about conditions attached to scheduled monument consents. In practice, Cadw, acting on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, administers the scheduled monument consent process and grants consent.

65.Under subsection (2), the Welsh Ministers may grant written consent for unauthorised works already carried out to a scheduled monument or land in, on or under which there is such a monument. In such cases, the works are only authorised from the grant of the consent. Any potential criminal liability arising from the unauthorised works prior to the consent remains and could be the basis for subsequent proceedings. In practice, retrospective consent is rarely granted and only in cases where the unauthorised works are beneficial to the monument.

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