All change at English heritage

After a period of wide consultation, Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, has recently approved the English Heritage New Model, which will see its separation into two organisations from April 2015.

The name English Heritage is to be retained under a new charity that will manage the National Heritage Collection of historic properties under an operating licence from the newly-named, non-departmental public body: ‘Historic England’. Whilst all of the charity’s historic properties will remain in public ownership, it will be able to make the most of commercial and philanthropic opportunities. The additional Government investment of £88.5m will deal with urgent conservation defects and enable the upgrading of visitor facilities, thereby increasing visitor numbers and its membership.

Historic England will perform the regulatory role that is currently performed by English Heritage in the planning system. It will also be dedicated to offering expert advice, promoting constructive conservation, and provide support for stakeholders in the heritage sector. Importantly, no changes are proposed to the current duties and powers in planning and heritage protection.

A draft of Historic England’s first Corporate Plan is to be published in due course.

We understand that there will be no significant changes in the structure or personnel within the regulatory arm of the former English Heritage, therefore, we envisage maintaining our good connections and working relationship.

For further information please contact your normal CgMs contact or contact Jason Clemons or Daryl Page.

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