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Ideas about Scottish planning? Add to the debate by 29 Feb

The Scottish Government have launched an online platform where anyone can add their voice to opinions on the future of the planning system in Scotland; the Independent Review of Planning interactive site allows you to add your ideas, comment on … Continue reading

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Conservation Covenants: Coming closer….

The Law Commission has received news that conservation covenants are one step closer to becoming part of the management system for habitats and historic buildings.  The Law Commission writes: ‘We are delighted to have received the Government’s positive and encouraging … Continue reading

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Royal Greenwich in legal first: viability assessments

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has become the first planning authority to require fully public, unredacted viability assessments along with residential planning applications.  View the LocalGov website report ‘Local authority first to require developers to make viability assessments public’ View … Continue reading

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DEFRA CSS applications – opportunities for historic boundary treatments

The Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) is now open for applications, which includes opportunities for boundary treatments under the hedgerows and boundaries capital grant, and an ideal opportunity for works involving traditional dry stone walls. DEFRA writes: The hedgerows and boundaries … Continue reading

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New Welsh Streets Plan launched

Liverpool City Council have issued a new plan for the Welsh Streets area.  Liverpool City Council news (Liverpool Express) writes: A new plan which could lead to the regeneration of the Welsh Streets has been unveiled by Liverpool City Council. … Continue reading

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Wentworth Woodhouse: Purchase agreed with WWPT BPT

Wentworth Woodhouse is to be purchased by Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust (WWPT), under a £7 million acquisition plan as lead rescue body SAVE announces that ‘Agreement has been reached on the purchase of one of the finest houses in Britain.’  … Continue reading

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‘Woodhenge’ given a 2 year temporary permission

A timber sculptural artwork which had attracted the attention of locals and planning officials at Purbeck District Council in the Dorset AONB has been given retrospective planning permission to be retained for up to two years.  The Dorset Post reports … Continue reading

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IHBC feature: ‘Council+’ member Rachael Parry reports on LABC’s Renovation Day – 3 December 2015

One of IHBC’s new members of ‘Council+’ Rachael Parry, offers a NewsBlog feature update on the Local Authority Building Control’ (LABC) Renovation day in December, in the Hotel Russell, London. Rachael writes: ‘Local Authority Building Control’ or LABC is a … Continue reading

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ABI: Poor maintenance = Insurance barrier; so look after your home!

New information published for the first time by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has revealed that buildings deemed to have inadequate maintenance are an important factor in the refusal of insurance claims, highlighting the need to have appropriate proper … Continue reading

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Baroness Randerson to lead review of (property) heritage services in Wales

A review of heritage provision in Wales relating to commercial/property issues is to be launched, with a feasibility study prepared by the end of March 2016 by Welsh Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, Baroness Randerson The Welsh … Continue reading

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Commons Library Briefing: Planning systems across the UK

A new research briefing has been released by the House of Commons Library, outlining the similarities and differences in the planning system between different areas of the UK, offering especially useful insights into the approaches to, and the languages of, … Continue reading

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RBKC applicant advice to be published online

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) is to make all its property advice available online, opening up its pre-application files without the need for FOI requests.  The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea writes: As part of its … Continue reading

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CIC Strategic Review- your views sought

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is holding a consultation on its strategic review, with views sought by 15 February. The Construction Industry Council (CIC) writes: CIC is currently undergoing a Strategic Review to define its priorities for the next five … Continue reading

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HHA launch Capability Brown trail: 26 stunning landscapes…

A new online trail has been launched by the Historic Houses Association (HHA) to celebrate and commemorate the work of landscape architect ‘Capability’ Brown, as it announces ‘26 stunning HHA Member landscapes around England, all designed by the ‘Father of … Continue reading

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Housing and Planning Bill update sources

The latest debate on the Planning and Housing Bill was held on 26 January, with discussion on the implementation of planning permission in principle, the role of agencies such as English Heritage in consultations, and the design of new housing … Continue reading

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BEFS seeks assistance- historic environment volunteering

The Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) is seeking help to input into a new piece of research which researches volunteering in the historic environment.  BEFS writes: BEFS is delighted to be involved in managing a piece of research, commissioned by … Continue reading

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