IHBC welcomes publication of HE’s report from Matthew Saunders: On the ‘…national re-survey… additions to the total and a revisit of the ‘minimalist’…’

The IHBC has welcomed the publication of the report carried out by Matthew Saunders for Historic England (HE), principally concerning ‘…a national re-survey involving additions to the total, and a revisit of the ‘minimalist’ lists compiled before 2005, to ensure that they match the standard of present Listings’.

IHBC Chair David McDonald said: ‘I am sure that like me, many in the historic environment sector will welcome this long awaited report.  As would be expected from its author Matthew Saunders, past Director of the national amenity body, the Ancient Monuments Society, it is well-researched and makes a number of sound recommendations.’

… ‘there are omissions in the listing of nineteenth and early twentieth century buildings’…

‘I particularly agree with his conclusion that there are omissions in the listing of nineteenth and early twentieth century buildings, and that it would be beneficial to up-date the older ‘minimalist’ list descriptions.’

‘Interim protection, as recently introduced in Wales would be a real benefit too.’

‘I hope that Government and Historic England will rise to the challenge by addressing the report’s recommendations and, importantly, provide sufficient resources to ensure its implementation.  In any case the IHBC will do all it reasonably can to help in these matters.’

… IHBC is delighted to offer Matthew’s own take on the programme as a special feature [in Context]…

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘For anyone interested in the issues raised in the report, the IHBC is delighted to offer Matthew’s own take on the programme as a special feature in the forthcoming issue of the IHBC’s membership journal Context, themed around charities and amenity bodies that pro-actively deliver public benefits through heritage conservation.’

HE writes:

Towards a Strategy for the National Heritage List for England: A View from the Amenity Sector’…  commissioned by HE, makes a number of recommendations, principally for a national re-survey involving additions to the total and a revisit of the ‘minimalist’ lists compiled before 2005, to ensure that they match the standard of present Listings.

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Towards a Strategy for the National Heritage List for England: A View from the Amenity Sector

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