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The JCNAS (Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies) brings together a group of national societies passionate about the historic environment. Its members are: Council for British Archaeology, Gardens Trust, Georgian Group, Historic Buildings and Places, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), Twentieth Century Society and Victorian Society. All are voluntary heritage sector organisations. These societies are described in planning acts, government circulars and other guidance documents as 'The National Amenity Societies'. Together they represent many thousands of members who care about all aspects of the historic environment. Through this membership of enthusiasts, and the work of the professional staff in individual organisations, the JCNAS exists to promote understanding, appreciation and care of historic buildings, sites and landscapes.

The core membership of the JCNAS works closely with a range of other organisations that share a concern for the historic environment. These include public-sector bodies such as Cadw and Historic England, and organisations representing professional memberships and owners.

What does the JCNAS do?

In recognition of the considerable expertise of JCNAS member-organisations and the fact that they represent a good cross-section of the public, the Government directed in the 1968 Town and Country Planning Act that all applications for listed building consent to demolish listed buildings in whole or in part in England and Wales should be notified to a number of named societies. This gives us opportunity to offer comments on proposals and to assist both applicants and planning authorities. The arrangement continues in current legislation as a result of its effectiveness. With the Gardens Trust the obligation is to consult on planning applications affecting registered parks and gardens.

Additionally, each organisation is involved with activities such as advice-giving, campaigning, education and training, and awards, as well as offering a range of events for members. The societies meet four times a year, and in between these meetings pursue matters of collective interest. Chiefly this is to comment and advise on changes to government law and policy in the heritage field.

In addition, the JCNAS nominates candidates for various external bodies, including the Church of England's Diocesan Advisory committees.

Chair: Nichola Tasker
Secretary: Matthew Slocombe

Notifying the Societies of applications

All applications, from England and Wales, for listed building consent and planning permission, for approval under the ecclesiastical exemption and for national infrastructure projects should be sent to:


Applications received and comments made can be viewed via the CBA planning casework database.

For other communications (excluding planning matters and casework), contact secretary@jcnas.org.uk


Historic Buildings & Places

[Formerly Ancient Monuments Society] Founded in 1924, HBAP champions historic buildings and places of all ages and all types and works to provide a sustainable future for them.

Council for British Archaeology

The CBA campaign for archaeology above and below ground. We comment on listed building applications and also on planning applications where there is likely to be an impact on buried archaeology.

The Gardens Trust

The Gardens Trust was formed in July 2015 following a merger of the Garden History Society and the Association of Gardens Trusts (representing the County Gardens Trusts of England and Wales), and was confirmed by Government to be the new statutory consultee in relation to planning applications which affect the designed historic landscape.

The Georgian Group

Founded in 1937, the Georgian Group is an English and Welsh conservation organisation which campaigns for the preservation of historic buildings and designed landscapes of the 18th and early 19th centuries and encourages public understanding and appreciation of them.

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

The oldest conservation organisation in the UK , founded in 1877 by William Morris and fellow campaigners. SPAB has a well-established and distinct approach to building conservation and is concerned particularly with pre-1720 buildings, repair methods, craft techniques, sustainability and good new design.

The Twentieth Century Society

The Twentieth Century Society was founded in 1979, as a direct response to growing interest in C20th architecture. Its focus is on preservation and education: campaigning to protect the buildings and design that characterise C20th Britain; helping as many people as possible to appreciate their importance and beauty.

The Victorian Society

Since our foundation in 1958, by luminaries including John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner, we've worked to protect Victorian and Edwardian buildings from demolition and disfigurement. This helps tackle the climate emergency by encouraging the sensitive reuse of historic buildings - generating much lower carbon emissions than demolition and rebuild. We also educate the public about Victorian and Edwardian architecture and arts through holding events and publishing books.