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‘Law Wales’: Website explaining how Welsh law differs from rest of UK

A new website has been launched by the Welsh Government called ‘Law Wales’, which explains how legislation differs from the rest of the UK, and clarifying issues which are devolved.  The Welsh Government writes: The Law Wales site has been … Continue reading

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Dorset dig finds pre-Roman settlement

A pre-Roman town of 150 roundhouses has been found by university students during an archaeological dig in Dorset. The discovery of the town lying along a hill-slope near Winterborne Kingston has been described as ‘extremely significant’ by archaeologists who said … Continue reading

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New development refused near Kedleston Hall

Amber Valley Borough Council has refused permission for a 400-home development on the edge of the Derby suburb of Allestree because of the harm posed to the setting of the nearby Grade I listed Kedleston Hall. Developer Catesby Estates is … Continue reading

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National Parks need effective resourcing: Campaign

Cuts of up to 40% in real terms to National Park Authority Government funding in England has led to more than 225 job losses over the past fives years and had a huge impact on services they provide, The Campaign … Continue reading

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Recap: THA on ‘Heritage and Government… coherent policy’?

The latest The Heritage Alliance (THA) debate, held on 14 July in London, was on the topic of Heritage and Government, while recordings of the debate have been made available on the THA website. The Heritage Alliance (THA) writes: Heritage … Continue reading

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Parliamentary debate: regional support for arts (inc. heritage!) & new White Paper

On 15 July a Parliamentary debate took place on the state of regional funding for arts and heritage, including discussion on a new arts and heritage White Paper.  A parallel discussion took place on Twitter using the hashtag#artsfunding, to which … Continue reading

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116 new coastal community teams announced

The latest coastal community teams to be launched under the Coastal Communities Fund have been announced, with Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund both highlighting the opportunities for heritage that the fund offers. DCLG writes: Coastal Communities Minister Mark … Continue reading

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Opportunity knocks: AR school design awards

The Architectural Review (AR) award for design of schools is now open, with a closing date of 7 August.  The AR writes: The AR Awards are an online awards programme dedicated to commending and celebrating design excellence and innovation across … Continue reading

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Could you be the RICS Young Surveyor of the Year?

If you a young surveyor who is passionate about conservation and surveying why not enter the RICS Young Surveyor of the Year award which has its deadline extended until 10 August. The RICS writes: Have you got a successful story … Continue reading

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NT/NTS Summer heritage activity: share shore sounds!

If you enjoy spending some time by the sea, perhaps the latest National Trust, National Trust for Scotland and British Library project will be of interest: a crowd-sourced project inviting everyone to record and share the sounds of coastal areas … Continue reading

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IHBC’s new Guidance Note (GN): ‘Tips for Presentation to Design Panels’

The IHBC has just launched the next in its new practitioner support Guidance Note programme, accessible through the institute’s web ‘Toolbox’, exploring ‘Tips for Presentation to Design Panels’ which looks at how best to present information to help design panels … Continue reading

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IHBC & Heritage Gateway seek contributors to HE’s ‘HIAS’

The IHBC, as a partner in Historic England’s (HE) Heritage Gateway initiative on linking local records, is encouraging member contributions and offers of assistance to the Gateway’s forward planning, including a forthcoming survey, all part of a programme linked to … Continue reading

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Green Deal Finance Company funding to end

In light of low take-up and concerns about industry standards there will be no further funding to the Green Deal Finance Company… DECC writes: The Government will work with the building industry and consumer groups on a new value-for-money approach, … Continue reading

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Wales HE Bill: Written questions from Committee to Minister

Updates on key questions to the Deputy Minister, Ken Sakes AM, arising in the National Assembly for Wales’ Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee deliberations on the Historic Environment (HE) Bill have been released.  Questions to the Deputy Minster include: … Continue reading

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Osborne’s package of planning reforms

The government recently unveiled a further package of radical planning reforms as part of a wide-ranging Productivity Plan drawn up by the Treasury and Chancellor George Osborne.  The Planning Portal writes: The planning measures include a threat of direct intervention … Continue reading

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Draft regs on fracking – areas of prohibited activity & CPRE critique

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) draft regulations have now been released, defining areas in which the activity would be prohibited, though the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has criticised the omission of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) from the protected … Continue reading

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