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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07283: Stuart McMillan (Greenock and Inverclyde)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 16 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Historic Environment Scotland consultation on planning guidelines in conservation areas will take into consideration its Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill, in light of the links between difficult to heat homes and poor glazing and child health and child poverty.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 7 March 2017

Historic Environment Scotland is not producing planning guidelines for conservation areas. Its consultation on its Managing Change in the Historic Environment guidance relating to windows provides best practice guidance in relation to windows of all kinds in historic buildings. I will draw Historic Environment Scotland's attention to the principles underpinning the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill as it considers the responses to that consultation.

Historic Environment Scotland takes energy efficiency seriously, conducting ground-breaking research and producing advice and guidance on how to prevent heat-loss, insulate and make improvements to traditional buildings, which focuses on approaches that differ from those applicable to more modern buildings. These are freely available from the Historic Environment Scotland website.