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More Pickles on places: Suffolk solar approved; Cornish blocked

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has changed his stance and approved planning permission for Lark Energy’s proposed 24 megawatt solar farm on Ellough Airfield in Suffolk originally refused by Waveney District Council and initially blocked by him. The scheme, originally a … Continue reading

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Community right of appeal championed by new alliance

The National Association of Local Councils, CPRE and Civic Voice have teamed up to call for political parties to include the community right of appeal within their manifestos. The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) writes: A new powerful alliance … Continue reading

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DCLG: Planning condition and consultation reforms

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published its responses to recent consultations on the use of planning conditions, the consent process for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) and changes to statutory consultee arrangements. Planning Portal writes: As … Continue reading

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20th Century Society Churches database

The 20th Century society has launched a new database of churches, with photographs and historical information in a project grant aided by Historic England. View information on the project 

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IEA calls for green belt reform

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) think tank have responded to recent Government announcements regarding housebuilding by calling for further changes to planning legislation The IEA writes: Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, said ‘Constraining housebuilding … Continue reading

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THA Giving to Heritage Success

The Heritage Alliance reports that its successful ‘Giving to heritage’ programme has trained over 350 organisations to date, and 18 new events are now available to book. The Heritage Alliance writes: A total of 36 workshops on 10 different fundraising … Continue reading

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John Darlington new Executive Director at WMF Britain

World Monuments Fund (WMF) Britain has announced the appointment of John Darlington as Executive Director. John Darlington joins from the National Trust where he was Regional Director, North West of England. In this position John championed a diverse portfolio of … Continue reading

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IHBC’s 2015 Gus Astley Student Award reminder: £500 cash!

The UK’s most inclusive award for taught coursework relating to the past and future of valued places – The Institute of Historic Building Conservation’s (IHBC) 2015 Annual Gus Astley Student Award – is still open for submissions, with a closing … Continue reading

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DCLG: Digital remedy for a healthy high street

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said that, according to a new report, ‘Digital High Street Report 2020’ High Streets could make billions of pounds in additional revenue and increase footfall by making more of the latest … Continue reading

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Housing appeal dismissed for landscape impact

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has dismissed an appeal by Gladman Developments over a 94—home scheme proposed for a field in community use in open countryside on the edge of Faringdon in Oxfordshire refused by the Vale of the White Horse … Continue reading

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EH launches survey on direct publications

English Heritage directly publishes a diverse range of paid and free publications used by heritage professionals, academics and interested members of the public. These include Heritage Counts, Conservation Bulletin, Designation Yearbook, Heritage at Risk Register and guides to EH properties. … Continue reading

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Ordnance Survey: send across your heritage photos!

Ordnance Survey (OS) has launched a National Map Cover Photo competition, offering the chance to put your photo on their local area maps. Ordnance Survey is looking to update the covers on more than 600 different OS maps, which are … Continue reading

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PINs advice note on development consent regime

The Planning Inspectorate has issued a replacement advice note 2 which sets out ‘the role of local authorities in the development consent process’. The PINs note discourages local authorities carrying out their own consultation on forthcoming applications, so as not … Continue reading

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