The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has called on English Heritage to undergo a 'radical' process of modernisation, but left its statutory powers untouched.
The five-year review into the quango, published last week, concluded that EH should increase its role as the lead heritage body and strengthen its work in the regions. A spokesperson said the review 'reconfirmed the validity' of the heritage body. 'Its basic functions won't change, but it will be more streamlined, ' she said.
English Heritage welcomed the review, claiming it was already implementing changes 'to transform it from a regulatory, bureaucratic machine to a more open, customer-focused service'.
EH's role in listing and in listed-building consents will be looked at as part of the government's review of the planning system, later this year.