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A reminder that you can take control of your career as an IHBC Associate: accreditation @ under £90 pa (after tax, max!)

For under £90 a year after tax, and potentially for much less, you can secure the IHBC’s conservation benefits, support and accreditation; while there is also a lot of other support for any IHBC members on low income (50% reduction … Continue reading

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DEFRA evaluation of ESA’s for historic parklands released

A new report has been published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) which assesses the effectiveness of using environmental stewardship agreements for managing historic parklands, with a series of recommendations as to how agri-environment schemes can … Continue reading

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Manchester to gain new planning powers and elected mayor

The Greater Manchester area is to receive increased powers over planning and housing, and a directly elected mayor under new proposals announced by the Treasury.  HM Treasury writes: Greater Manchester is to get its own directly elected city wide mayor … Continue reading

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Free design and construction software for students

Autodesk (the makers of AutoCAD) are offering free software for students and educators. For a full list of all the architecture, engineering and construction software available visit Autodesk IHBC recognised conservation courses 

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High Street winners announced

The winners of the ‘Great British High Street’ competition have been announced this week, with villages, towns and cities across the UK being recognised for their vitality,  viability and unique approaches to being a great place to live, work and … Continue reading

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Entry call: Jodi Mattes Trust for accessible digital culture

The 2015 awards for digital accessibility in heritage attractions are now open for entries, with a closing date of 12 January. The Jodi Mattes Trust writes: The Jodi Awards celebrate practice that inspires locally, nationally or internationally. We welcome nominations … Continue reading

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RTPI calls for new decision-making approach

The RTPI has called for better joined up decision making in order to improve the approaches taken to placemaking at community level, in a new report published last week. The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) writes: Policy-makers need to adopt … Continue reading

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Kids takeover as museums and castle custodians for the day

A nationwide project run by the charity ‘Kids in Museums’ saw hundreds of historic sites and museums in England and Wales being ‘taken over’ by children for the day, offering them an insight into what it is like to be … Continue reading

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IHBC’s NI Branch Committee elected following Belfast AGM

The Northern Ireland (NI) Branch of the IHBC has elected its new committee, including Andrew McCLelland as Chair and Jill Kerry as Branch representative and IHBC trustee, at its 2014 AGM, held as part of a programme at Clifton House … Continue reading

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Heritage Counts says ‘Heritage makes you happy’ as IHBC says ‘Money Counts’ too: Tax relief & COs please!

The new Heritage Counts survey from English Heritage (EH), concentrating on the effects of heritage on wellbeing – which makes it official that ‘heritage makes you happy’ – has been welcomed by the IHBC, with the institute also pointing out … Continue reading

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Labour’s Lyons Housing Review available

The independent report into housing needs commissioned by the Labour Party (undertaken by Sir Michael Lyons) is now available, and it makes a series of wide ranging recommendations on powers for planning and the provision of new towns. ‘Your Britain’ … Continue reading

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Consultation on further changes in Welsh planning

A consultation has been issued by the Welsh Government which seeks changes to the manner with which proposals are dealt with by Welsh ministers, with a closing date of 31 January.  The Welsh Government writes: This document proposes to: introduce … Continue reading

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Pickles refuses removing block on Park barn conversions

The communities secretary has refused a request from two councils, North Yorkshire County Council and Richmondshire District Council, to block an order made by Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) that seeks to remove new permitted development rights allowing certain … Continue reading

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