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ICOMOS objects to Woodstock housing due to Blenheim WHS impact

ICOMOS UK has objected to a proposal to construct new homes within the vicinity of Blenheim Palace Estate, highlighting issues with the likely effect on the site itself and the setting of the estate. Planning Portal writes: Proposals to build … Continue reading

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Quartermain: Interim PINS Chief Executive

The interim chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate has been announced as Steve Quartermain, current DCLG chief planner. The Planning Officers Society (POS) writes: Former POS President (2007/08) and current DCLG chief planner, Steve Quartermain is to take over as … Continue reading

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IHBC London -‘Setting The Scene: Identifying and Conserving Historic Landscapes’

Book now for the IHBC’s London Branch conference, ‘Setting The Scene – Identifying and Conserving Historic Landscapes’, to be held on Thursday 8th October, with member discounts available. This year’s conference again takes place in Sir Denys Lasdun’s Grade I … Continue reading

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IHBC North West Day conference – Early Bird Discount ends Monday 31st August!

To all members and non-members – a reminder that the discounted rate for this popular Annual Conference in Manchester on Thursday 15 October this year,  looking at the constraints and opportunities of working with traditional buildings, ends next Monday. It will … Continue reading

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IHBC supports Building Limes Forum Conference & Gathering: 18-20 Sept – Cambridge

This year the Building Limes Forum (BLF) has organised their conference and gathering to take place from 18-20 September at Cambridge, with IHBC as co-sponsor and the programme recognised as CPD for IHBC members. Craig Frew, IHBC member and conference … Continue reading

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Historic NI coastal routeway reopens

A historic pathway in Islandmagee, Northern Ireland (NI), which was once as well known as the Giant’s Causeway has reopened, following major government and European investment into Gobbins Pathway and its visitor facilities. Tourism Northern Ireland writes: Enterprise, Trade and … Continue reading

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A picture of the Welsh past

Images from historic sites in Wales have been released from archives in the US Library of Congress, aiming to highlight the importance of conservation. CADW writes: A series of images comparing historic Welsh sites today with how they looked at … Continue reading

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LGA ‘Skills to Build’ report: key construction skills shortages

The Local Government Association (LGA) has released a report which analyses the skills requirements for construction across English regions, and concludes that skills shortages are affecting the meeting of housebuilding targets. The LGA writes: A growing construction skills shortage threatens … Continue reading

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Sheffield ‘retail therapy’ initiative

Sheffield City Council announced it has submitted an outline planning application for the city centre’s so-called Sheffield Retail Quarter which aims to preserve historic buildings such as Leah’s Yard and The Citadel (Salvation Army building), as well as facades along … Continue reading

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Devon homes and marina plan appeal dismissed

An appeal by developer LTPH Properties over a major development involving 300 new dwellings, a 250-berth marina and 80 units of holiday accommodation at Torridge, Devon, has been dismissed because of its impact on a ‘valued landscape’. The Planning Portal … Continue reading

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New rural productivity plan launched by Defra

A new rural productivity plan has been launched by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) which outlines measures to boost the economy and wellbeing of rural areas in England and includes new starter home rules. DEFRA writes: … Continue reading

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Global ‘liveability’ survey ranks Manchester best in UK

The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU) has revealed the most desirable places to live worldwide, based on their ‘liveability factor’; Melbourne is top place but Manchester features as number 1 city of the UK. EIU writes: Although it’s usually the … Continue reading

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‘Blocks’ of oil and shale gas exploration offered

The Oil & Gas Authority has announced that 27 onshore ‘blocks’ of land will be offered to companies for oil and shale gas exploration, and a further 132 opened up (subject to consultation and assessment under the Conservation of Habitats … Continue reading

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IHBC highlights local petitioning for ‘proper Conservation Officer’

The IHBC has welcomed the public recognition of the value of conservation services represented by the local online petition launched in protest at decisions by Redbridge Council not to have a ‘proper conservation officer’ and to abolish its conservation area … Continue reading

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Trustees with IHBC skills sought by DCMS for various bodies

The IHBC has been notified by the Public Appointments team at the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) of the following trustee vacancies with posts covering areas such as architectural history and architecture and closing dates from 28 august … Continue reading

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IHBC Wales on energy efficiency in old buildings: CPD reminder for 2 Sept; + free membership seminar!

IHBC director  Sean O’Reilly has highlighted the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities offered by the IHBC Wales Branch conference on how to make traditional and historic buildings more energy efficient and sustainable, an event in Wrexham on 2 September linked … Continue reading

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