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Reading’s Civic Centre approved for demolition

The demolition of the Civic Centre in Reading, opened in 1976, followed by the Hexagon in 1977, has been approved by the council. The BBC writes: The 1970s concrete building will be vacated over the coming few weeks.  But the … Continue reading

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Scotland’s SURF: Manifesto for regeneration

Scotland’s Independent Regeneration Network (SURF) is beginning the process of developing a collaborative manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections. SURF writes: Throughout 2015, we will be using our various networks, processes and events to discuss perspectives on specific manifesto … Continue reading

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Cambridgeshire wind turbines refused

The Communities Secretary has refused a development of six wind turbines in Cambridgeshire, citing the potential visual impact on the setting of a listed thatch cottage, and harm to the setting of conservation areas as reasons for refusal. Matters of … Continue reading

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Brighton Hippodrome Campaign Continues

The Argus has reported that the campaign for retaining the Brighton Hippodrome as a theatre continues, despite Brighton and Hove Council approving the redevelopment and conversion into a leisure complex. Argus recent article 1 and article 2 IHBC newsblogs on the … Continue reading

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DCLG’s ‘Infographic’ on Neighbourhood Planning

DCLG have produced an animated infographic showing the uptake of neighbourhood planning across England from July 2013 to the present.  DCLG infographic DCLG homepage for neighbourhood planning  IHBC newsblogs on neighbourhood planning 

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Planning Consent Applications (Contracts) Bill proposed

A private members bill involving ‘a contract with the relevant planning authority’ has been proposed by Nigel Evans under the Ten Minute Rule (SO No 23), which received its first reading in the House of Commons on 10 December, with … Continue reading

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Cabinet Office’s GII Sunningdale Park for sale

Grounds, land and property at Sunningdale, formally owned by the Cabinet Office (which includes a Grade II listed mansion) is now for sale, with a planning brief issued to outline development options for the site.  Planning documentation for Sunningdale Info … Continue reading

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Explore stories behind museum architecture at #MusBuilding

Culture Themes (a group of museum professionals) recently held a twitter day urging museum managers and members of the public who have an interest in architecture to share stories and pictures relating to the architecture of museums, with the hashtag … Continue reading

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IHBC welcomes… ‘IHBC+’ (‘IHBC plus’): experimental evolution encouraging new volunteers

Following almost unanimous agreement at the IHBC’s most recent Council meeting, starting in January 2015 the Institute will explore alternative governance structures aimed at helping volunteers get more involved under a programme entitled ‘IHBC+’ (pronounced IHBC plus), which includes: an … Continue reading

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‘Most ambitious legislation ever’ for Wales?

The Welsh Government have this week further debated matters affecting the sustainable development of the country, to be introduced in the ‘Well-being of Future Generations’ Bill, described as ‘perhaps the most ambitious piece of legislation that the Welsh Government has … Continue reading

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Historic Environment Scotland Bill receives Royal Assent

The Historic Environment Scotland Bill received Royal Assent on 9 December, which will now lead to Historic Environment Scotland being formed. Full legislation text Bill’s progress and previous amendments IHBC NewBlogs on the HES bill

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Government re-launches Green Deal with £30m boost

The Government is to make a further £30m available to help make homes in England and Wales more energy efficient. Localgov writes: The latest phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund will see households able to access up to … Continue reading

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Gregory’s Girl School flattened

DEMOLITION work has begun on Abronhill High School, the school made famous in Gregory’s Girl. Latest News writes: Abronhill High School was the backdrop for Bill Forsyth’s coming of age romantic comedy. The low-budget film starring John Gordon Sinclair, Dee … Continue reading

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Kerslake Review findings on Birmingham City Council

The Kerslake Review – an independent report commissioned by The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in July) -has now been published calling for ‘a simplified planning framework this should flow from the City Plan’ as part of its … Continue reading

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