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Why is this National Indicator important?
Our historic environment helps to define our nation. It can make a valuable contribution to the Government's wider agenda to create an aspiring, confident country with sustainable economic growth, confident communities, a vibrant and dynamic cultural life and unparalleled tourism opportunities.
Our measure of success will be to decrease the percentage of A-listed buildings on the Buildings At Risk Register (BARR). A-listed buildings are high-profile, important assets whose condition provides a good general indicator of the health of the wider historic environment. Government can work together with local authorities, private individuals and voluntary sector organisations to improve these buildings to a standard that removes them from BARR, and where appropriate, identify future viable uses for them.
What will influence this National Indicator?
The main influences are the state of the economy and how much owners (private, public sector and voluntary sector) invest in the repair and maintenance of their buildings, whether or not influenced by grants for repairs or maintenance. Access to traditional craft skills is also relevant in influencing how well A-listed properties are maintained.
What is the Government's role?
The Government sets policy for listing of buildings of special architectural or historic interest, promotes good practice in the care of buildings and funds the Scottish Civic Trust to maintain BARR. It works in partnership with local authorities and others to encourage positive action to remove buildings from BARR. Historic building repair grants are available to owners of listed buildings at serious risk from neglect or disrepair. Historic Scotland's repairs grants budget for 2010/11 is £13.7 million. The Government's Listed Building Consent policy provides listed buildings with statutory protection under the planning system. This allows the relevant planning authority to decide whether to allow owners to demolish, alter or extend a listed building.
How are we performing?
In 2011, 8.2% of A-list building (buildings of national or international importance) entries were on the Buildings at Risk Register (BARR). This is based on 267 A-list building entries assessed as at risk out of a total population of 3,247 A-list building entries. This compares to the position in 2009 when 8.7% of A-list entries were on the BARR, based on 277 A-list building entries assessed as at risk out of a total population of 3,199 A-list building entries. This resulted in an improvement of 0.5 percentage points in the performance between 2009 and 2011.
The Scotland Performs Technical Assessment Group have awarded a "Performance Improving" arrow. As this is only the second data point, thresholds were not set for this indicator at this time. They will be determined when more data points are available. A decrease in the percentage of A-listed buildings on the Buildings at Risk Register (BARR) will be considered as a success.
For more information see Scotland Performs Technical Note
For information on general methodological approach, please click here.
Who are our partners?
Scottish Civic Trust
Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)
Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS)
Related Strategic Objective(s)