English Heritage doesn’t think that there is a crisis in the heritage system and nor that the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) report bears out that suggestion; however we do agree that the heritage system can be modernised.
We welcome the report as a contribution to the debate on how the historic environment can be better managed and will continue to work closely with local authorities and the Local Government Association to deliver the best possible service at local level.
In light of comments received from the CLA and others during consultation, the National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP) underwent change. However the CLA misunderstands the NHPP in thinking that it has a narrow designation and research focus. We are certain that realistic heritage management permeates the whole plan and it will deliver benefits directly to local authorities and to owners as well as delivering better protection and a deepened understanding of our historic environment.
The full English Heritage response to the Averting Crisis in Heritage report is available for download on the right of this page.