Planning and heritage protection policy impacts all of our house members, regardless of size or activity, and continues to be one of the key priorities for our policy team.

Our campaigning recognises that, while robust heritage protections must be maintained, there is scope for streamlining targeted elements of the planning and heritage protection system to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Targeted simplifications to the system affecting listed buildings could lead to savings in time and money for both applicants and local authorities, without impacting the protection of important heritage.

Historic Houses is an active member of the Historic Environment Planning Reform Group (HEPRG), a sub-group of the national Historic Environment Forum (HEF).

Our work with politicians, officials and partners across the sector focuses on developing simple reforms to the system, which would make a real difference to our house members' daily work looking after the heritage in their care.