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Planning rights: lobby of MSPs on third party right of appeal

The charity group ‘Planning Democracy’ are urging people to lobby their MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) to support a third party right of appeal being built into the Scottish planning system.  Information on the proposals Planning Democracy group information

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Wedgwood Collection saved

The Wedgwood collection industrial archive has been saved thanks to a public appeal and grants from a major fundraising appeal. Save Wedgwood writes: The Wedgwood Collection – one of the most important industrial archives in the world – has been … Continue reading

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IHBC’s 2nd conservation course connection day: 4 Nov 

To help develop conservation skills at all levels, the IHBC now hosts annual ?and ?free ‘course connection days’ for students representing relevant UK conservation courses, with the IHBC paying student travel costs as well, so to make sure your course … Continue reading

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Ministers publish latest green belt guidance

Ministers have underlined the Government’s commitment to protect the green belt from development by publishing new and revised guidance. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis have insisted that thousands of brown field sites are available … Continue reading

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NI Assembly review of rural social inclusion

The Northern Ireland (NI) Assembly has launched a review of the NI social inclusion programme, looking to address the issues faced by rural communities. The Northern Ireland Assembly writes: The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has … Continue reading

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EH: new guidance on LA heritage assets

English Heritage (EH) has published guidance aimed at both local authorities and community groups, which intends to provide clear advice on when and how to transfer heritage assets from public to community ownership. The publication, ‘Pillars of the Community: The … Continue reading

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PM’s ‘Better Public Building’ Award winner: Flood defences

The winner of the Prime Minister’s (PM’s) Better Public Building Award has been announced as the Medmerry flood defence project in Sussex, with the award presented at the British Construction Industry Awards ceremony in London. The Cabinet Office writes: An … Continue reading

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Sir Tony Baldry appointed Chair of CBC

The Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry MP has been appointed as the new Chair of the Church Buildings Council (CBC), it was announced by the Church of England on 17th September 2014. The CBC is a statutory body accountable to … Continue reading

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Welsh Museums, DCMS on visitors, and NTS ‘conservation’

This month has brought several items of ‘good news’ for museums and visitor attractions; The Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) reports that August brought record numbers of visitors to English museums, the Welsh Government are promoting the first … Continue reading

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New IHBC journal Context now online: Valuing Heritage

New IHBC journal Context now online: Valuing Heritage.  The latest issue of the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), Context, to go online is our ‘Valuing Heritage’ issue, No. 133, from March 2014, which looks at conflict … Continue reading

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3m visitors make HODs 2014 biggest festival of heritage

Heritage Open Days (HODs) broke records across the board this September, cementing its place as England’s biggest celebration of local history. Heritage Alliance writes: In its 20th anniversary year, the four-day festival welcomed a spectacular three million visitors, up 900,000 … Continue reading

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Planning (Wales) Bill launched

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant launched the new Planning (Wales) Bill this week, with proposals for the modernisation of the Welsh planning system including changes to regional planning, new pre-application consultation procedures and amendments to enforcement processes. The Welsh Government … Continue reading

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Scottish Government Draft Budget 2015/2016: Views by 22 Oct

Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney set out the proposed 2015-16 Scottish Government budget in the Scottish Parliament yesterday, including details of Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT), and the Land and Building Transaction Tax (LBTT), with the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee … Continue reading

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Conference season: Lib Dems on housing

Several announcements on housing were made at the Liberal Democrats (Lib Dems) conference, including proposals for three new garden cities; the amendment of the New Towns Act to give Local Authorities further powers; the launch of new apprenticeship and training … Continue reading

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Smith Commission on Scottish devolution: Your views sought

The Smith Commission is seeking the views of members of the public for input into the discussions on devolution of powers for Scotland, with a deadline for responses of 5pm on 31 October. The Smith Commission writes: Lord Smith has … Continue reading

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Localism: Appleby Neighbourhood Planning Area

Further neighbourhood planning areas are being considered in the area that was one of the first to adopt Localism powers. Eden District Council writes: Appleby has applied to Eden District Council to be designated as an area that has the … Continue reading

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