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New guidance on managing change in the historic environment launched

22 December 2010

A new set of Government Guidance notes which covers everything you need to know about managing change in the historic environment has just been launched.

The fourteen guidance notes will replace the Memorandum of Guidance on Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas, which was published in 1998 and was the main source of such information up until now.

The new notes will be available online, both as PDFs and printer friendly versions and will be topic based, as well being as more concise than the previous guidance.

13 of the 14 guidance notes can be accessed at  www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/managingchange . The final Setting guidance note will be available in the New Year.

Topics will include issues dealt with in the old Memorandum, including Windows, Extensions and Demolition, but will also focus on two entirely new topics, Setting and Microrenewables.

Fiona Hyslop, Minister of Culture and External Affairs said:  “I welcome the launch of these new guidance notes. They tie in closely to the Government’s agenda to reform and streamline the planning system by providing easier access to guidance and a  focus on key principles rather than detailed and proscriptive information. The principles they contain remain unchanged.

“They should make it easier for a wide range of people to access the information they need about the historic environment - from owners to applicants, planning authorities to heritage professionals, amenity groups, trusts, grant awarding bodies and government agencies.”

Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.






For further information


Jennifer Johnston Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk