People in the local community have been challenging the fact that the developers had started work on the old consent without Listed Building Consent – which ran out in 2007. The planning consent for the Arts Faculty Building stated clearly that work could not start without it – and yet the planning department waved this aside, insisting that Listed Building Consents and Planning Consents were different processes – and therefore it wasn’t needed.
Councillors who were contacted merely circulated a statement from David Leslie (Development Management Manager in the council) – which said the same thing.Well, they are wrong.
According to the The Scottish Historic Environment Policy (considered the authoritative document by the Scottish Planning Policy outlining the Scottish Government’s policy on listed buildings) it states clearly and unmistakably in good old black and white:
“Where both LBC & planning permission are required the applicant must obtain both before work can commence.”
So, the residents who wrote were right all along.
We want some answers, Councillors, and we want proper answers this time, not just circulated statements that are incorrect fob offs.
(Update: The source document from Historic Scotland is here: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/heritage/policy/shep.htm. The relevant section is Annex 9)