To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2015 to Question 319, whether he has discussed with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change changing planning guidance on listed buildings to reduce heat loss through windows.
11 June 2015
In determining applications for replacement windows in listed buildings local planning authorities must take account of national planning policies, including those on the historic environment and supporting energy efficiency improvements to existing buildings. They must weigh up these policies and any other relevant considerations, including the relevant development plan, in considering each case.
Government guidance makes clear that conservation is an active process of maintenance and managing change. It recognises that heritage assets are likely to require sympathetic changes from time to time to ensure they remain used and valued.
Historic England publishes a range of useful advice on saving energy for owners of listed buildings and developers. This can be found online at: https://www.historicengland.org.uk/advice/your-home/saving-energy/.
I will meet my rt.hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for the Department for Energy and Climate Change soon but in line with the established practice under previous administrations, details are not provided on the topics discussed at meetings between Government Ministers.