PE01749: Financial viability of listed buildings

Housing Planning

Petitioner: Ronald Morrison


Date Lodged: 09 September 2019

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that—

  • financial viability studies are conducted on listed buildings requiring restoration and/or maintenance,
  • responsibility of ownership is established for this work and;
  • financial assistance is provided where listed buildings are at risk of falling into disrepair.

Petition History:

SPICe Briefing (107KB pdf)


19 September 2019: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. It also agreed to write to COSLA, Historic Environment Scotland, the Royal Town Planning Institute and Built Environment Forum Scotland.  Official Report of Meeting 19 September 2019

19 March 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government.  Link to Official Report of Meeting 19 March 2020

29 October 2020: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government will make the Our Place in Time Built Heritage Investment Group aware of the issues raised in the petition so they can be considered as part of its work. Link to Official Report of Meeting 29 October 2020

Written submissions

PE1749/A: Historic Environment Scotland submission of 28 October 2019 (144KB pdf)

PE1749/B: Royal Town Planning Institute submission of 28 October 2019 (75KB pdf)

PE1749/C: Built Environment Forum Scotland submission of 29 October 2019 (94KB pdf)

PE1749/D: Scottish Government submission of 31 October 2019 (103KB pdf)

PE1749/E: Petitioner submission of 27 November 2019 (119KB pdf)

PE1749/F: Scottish Government submission of 5 June 2020 (98KB pdf)

Formal listing should be accompanied by a viability statement. Do you agree?

Too many listed buildings are being left too long whereby they fall into a state of disrepair far beyond the condition they would have been in had they been subjected to a maintenance plan.

Iain Clark

23:59 on 16 Aug 2019

All buildings should be maintained to an acceptable standard, plus owners should be liable if this is not done.


19:19 on 16 Aug 2019

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