Wales announces a change in Regulations concerning Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) and Listed Building Consent (LBC), including that LPA s need not apply to Ministers for LBC, but must notify them if minded to grant it.
… local planning authorities in Wales no longer need to apply to the Welsh Ministers for listed building consent for buildings in local authority ownership…
Local Planning Authorities and Listed Building Consent — Change in Regulations
Under new regulations that came into force on 16 August, local planning authorities in Wales no longer need to apply to the Welsh Ministers for listed building consent for buildings in local authority ownership. The Welsh Government’s Chief Planner has written to authorities to explain that an authority can now handle its own consent applications for the alteration or extension of listed buildings, but it must notify the Welsh Ministers if it is minded to grant consent. This allows the Welsh Ministers to decide whether they want to call in an application for their own determination, or allow the authority to proceed to determine the application itself. Applications for demolition of a listed building will still need to be made to the Welsh Ministers.
These changes bring the listed building consent procedures for local authority buildings into general alignment with well-established planning practice — Welsh local planning authorities have been determining their own planning applications for years.