The overwhelming majority of heritage assets in England are in private hands. There are a few bodies representing those owners with an interest in heritage conservation, providing advice and assistance to their members and engaging with government on the formation of the law, policy and guidance that affects heritage asset ownership.
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA)
The association was set up in 1907 and has around 28,000 members. It estimates that those members manage at least a quarter of all listed buildings and more than half of all scheduled monuments, amongst many other heritage assets.
As a membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales, it provides advice and assistance on the conservation of heritage assets and engages with government, Historic England and other sector bodies on matters of conservation law, policy and guidance in the interests of its members.
Historic Houses Association (HHA)
The association was established in 1973 to help owners conserve their properties. The HHA represents 1,600 privately and charity-owned historic houses, castles and gardens throughout the UK. Around 500 of them are open to the public for day visitors, attracting about 26 million visitors a year. Others are open for special events hire.
Similarly to the CLA, the HHA provides advice and assistance to its members and engages with government, Historic England and others in relation to law, policy and guidance concerning heritage assets.
British Property Federation (BPF)
The BPF is a more general membership body representing the interests of the UK real estate industry and those involved in property ownership and investment. Its objectives are to raise the profile of the property industry; improve regulatory and fiscal conditions; and, promote best practice. Its members are generally commercial corporations.
The BPF engages in the development of law, policy and guidance concerning the conservation of heritage assets in its members interests.