The Emergency Building Recording team is responsible for the survey and interpretation of historic buildings threatened with demolition or substantial alteration, or by serious decay. It deals with all types of standing structures, but a key aspect of the work is the recording, under the terms of the Town and Country Planning Acts, of Listed Buildings or buildings in Conservation Areas where consent has been granted for demolition, or substantial alteration.
Over 500 notifications of applications for Listed Building Consent are received annually from Welsh unitary authorities, and this consultation process generates important archival material for the National Monuments Record of Wales,especially plans and photographs relating to buildings that are by definition structures of special interest.
The decision to record a structure is a balance between the Royal Commission’s priorities and the expectations of local planning authorities and heritage organisations. Recording has to be selective and depends on an assessment of the degree of threat, the nature of the existing record of particular building types, the resources available, and perceptions of the importance of a building. In addition to carrying out our own surveys, we advise on levels of survey and interpretation carried out by others.