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Heritage At Risk 2014 registers launched by EH

English Heritage (EH) has launched the regional Heritage at Risk registers across the country this week, with news of successful projects as well as information on sites still considered to be under threat. EH writes: Over the past year we … Continue reading

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City economies and transport links

The Centre for Cities has released a new study into the effect that boosting transportation links might have on northern city region economies. The Centre for Cities writes: A new Centre for Cities report, supported by the Department for Transport, … Continue reading

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Pickles blocks east Yorkshire wind farm

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has turned down an appeal by energy producer RWE Innogy UK Ltd over a six turbine wind farm proposed for a site at Holme-on-Spalding Moor in Yorkshire refused by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, agreeing … Continue reading

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DoENI consultation on community planning partners

The Department for the Environment Northern Ireland (DoENI ) has launched a consultation on proposals for mechanisms of community planning delivery with a deadline for responses of 12 December.  The DoENI writes: Under local government reform, councils will have a … Continue reading

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Wales: Affordable Housing Rise

Affordable housing statistics released by the Welsh Government this week shows that provision has risen by 18% in the previous year, and further statistics for England also echo growth. The Welsh Government writes: The statistics released today show 2,416 affordable … Continue reading

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RTPI Scotland call for evidence on community planning

The RTPI in Scotland is undertaking a research project into spatial planning and community planning and is calling for evidence to support this project, with responses sought by 12 December.  The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) writes: As one of … Continue reading

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IHBC welcomes more EH ‘myth-busting’ guidance on windows

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) has welcomed new guidance by English Heritage (EH) on traditional windows, in particular for its authoritative conclusions on their thermal properties.   Mike Brown, IHBC Chair said: ‘This is a very welcome and thorough … Continue reading

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DCLG’s new policies for the siting of waste facilities

New policy has been issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) regarding the siting of waste and recycling facilities, leading to a ‘brownfield first’ preference. DCLG writes: The Communities Secretary today (16 October 2014) strengthened the policy … Continue reading

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Vic Soc announces top 10 most endangered buildings

The Victorian Society (Vic Soc) has published its survey of the most Endangered Victorian and Edwardian Buildings in England and Wales, highlighting the continuing plight of architecturally important buildings throughout the country despite signs of economic recovery, while also calling … Continue reading

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Blaby District Council no longer under special measures

After improvements which have been made to planning services at Blaby District Council, the former ‘special measures’ designation now no longer applies. Blaby District Council writes: Blaby District Council has been released from a Government ‘special measures’ designation following huge … Continue reading

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DoENI relocation: Ebrington, redeveloped & refurbished

The new regional headquarters for the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland (DoENI) have now been established at a refurbished site at Ebrington. The (DoENI) writes: The Minister, along with DOE Planning Chief Fiona McCandless, has now relocated to Ebrington.  … Continue reading

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Welsh town centre regeneration funding allocation news

The Welsh Government has announced its allocation of funding for works to Merthyr Tydfil and clarified the importance of funding available through the Vibrant and Viable Places scheme. The Welsh Government writes: Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, … Continue reading

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RTPI publish strategic planning proposals for England

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) recently produced a policy note entitled ‘Strategic Planning: Beyond “Cooperation”’ dealing with ideas on cross-Authority working in England and suggestions for the roles and methods of Local Authorities, Central Government and Local Enterprise Partnerships … Continue reading

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