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Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2023

Section 95Notification to Welsh Ministers before granting consent

329.Section 95(1) to (3) provides that a planning authority may not grant listed building consent without first notifying the Welsh Ministers of the application and providing details of the works for which consent is sought. The Welsh Ministers have 28 days to decide whether to direct the authority to refer the application to them under section 94 or to request more time to consider making such a direction. If, at the end of 28 days, the Welsh Ministers have made no response or have notified the authority that they do not intend to make a direction to call in the application, the planning authority may grant the consent. A planning authority does not need to notify the Welsh Ministers if they refuse listed building consent.

330.Under subsection (4), the Welsh Ministers may make regulations to describe listed building consent applications which planning authorities generally may determine without notifying the Welsh Ministers. At present, all planning authorities may grant listed building consent for works affecting the interior only of Grade II (unstarred) listed buildings without notification to the Welsh Ministers.

331.Subsections (5) and (6) permit the Welsh Ministers to issue directions to specific planning authorities. Under subsection (5), the Welsh Ministers may direct a planning authority that the requirement to notify them does not apply to a listed building consent application, or, conversely, that the requirement applies in spite of any existing regulations or direction to the contrary.

332.Subsection (6) sets out that a direction may relate to a particular case or cases of a description specified in the direction.

333.Subsection (7) provides that the Welsh Ministers may attach specific requirements to regulations under subsection (4) or directions under subsection (6)(b). For instance, they may specify how and by whom a listed building consent application must be handled.

334.As of April 2023, the Welsh Ministers have issued directions to nine planning authorities in Wales permitting the authorities to dispense with the procedure of notifying the Welsh Ministers of an application for listed building consent involving works affecting the exterior of grade II (unstarred) listed buildings. This is subject to certain caveats, including the authority following the advice of a named, specialist conservation expert. Two of these planning authorities also have such autonomy for grade II* buildings but in all cases the arrangements exclude applications for demolition.

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