New approaches are needed to build capacity and support Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to meet the needs for conservation and archaeology front line services.

Sustainable Model for LPA Conservation and Archaeology Services

Local authorities provide essential front-line advice services within the planning system. Despite the need for greater capacity for conservation and archaeology services, these services have been in decline since 2006. The Heritage2020 Capacity Building working group has worked with Iceni Projects to review and update a list of statutory duties imposed by Government on Local Authorities in relation to the historic environment. The Heritage and Townscape team at Iceni Projects has led the research, combining their vast experience of consulting on heritage regeneration and conservation projects with experience of working within local authorities to ensure sustained usage of historic buildings.

The updated list of statutory services will be used by the Capacity Building working group to focus the attention of Local Authorities on the duties imposed on them, and the heritage skills and expertise required in their workforce to discharge these duties.

Find out more about the other activities of the Heritage 2020 Capacity Building Group here.