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New Food Enterprise Zones to be established in England

New funding for food enterprise zones (FEZ’s) has been announced by The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) which provides financial support as well as a greater say in local decision making on issues involving food and farming … Continue reading

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Record tourism figures and museum visits

 The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has reported record numbers of overseas tourism visits, as well as an increased number of visits to DCMS funded museums in the last year. DCMS writes: New figures published today (Thursday) reveal … Continue reading

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DCLG community rights funding boost

£6 million has been allocated to the Community rights programme by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and new contracts have been awarded under the legislation to support communities, including on neighbourhood planning and community Right to Build … Continue reading

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Approval of offshore windfarm powering 2 million homes

Potentially the world’s biggest windfarm (of 400 turbines at Dogger Bank off the Yorkshire coast) has been approved this week, to be delivered by a consortium of four energy firms and powering up to 2 million homes. The Department for … Continue reading

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Infrastructure Act: Local Land Charges & Highways England

The Infrastructure Act has been passed and brings changes to Land Registry conveyancing responsibilities and the introduction of Highways England to replace the Highways Agency, as well as aiming to make the sale of public sector land and property easier. … Continue reading

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Reminder: IHBC sponsors Big Meet 3 at UCL: 24 Feb

The third meeting of the Place Alliance’s Big Meet, to be addressed by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, is supported by the IHBC, and will take place in on 24 February at University College London (UCL).  The Place Alliance explains its … Continue reading

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IHBC co-sponsors RSA’s ‘Festival of Ideas: Heritage’: March

The IHBC is delighted to co-sponsor, with BEFS and others, the forthcoming ‘Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts…’ (RSA) heritage session at its ‘Festival of Ideas’, to be held 20-21 March in Edinburgh, featuring debate and discussion with internationally … Continue reading

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Would your practice benefit from a little IHBC ‘HESPR’ help?

If you run a heritage based business but are not taking the opportunity to be listed on the IHBC’s HESPR scheme, you may be missing out on the many benefits this brings, including regular bulletins of current tender opportunities in … Continue reading

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IHBC’s Course Connection Day 2014: ‘What’s your story?’

A new video has been added to the IHBC’s You Tube channel, with students attending the IHBC’s Course Connections Day, held last November in Birmingham, talking about their background and courses.  We asked those who attended to tell us how … Continue reading

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Coventry Gateway project call in refused: IHBC summary

A proposal for a business park near Coventry Airport, previously approved by neighbouring Coventry City Council and Warwick District Council has been refused after call in by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who assessed that the overall proposal would ‘give … Continue reading

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IHBC update: LGA + FMB on new LG procurement

IHBC members who deal with procurement for construction works will be interested in the newly launched Local Government Association (LGA) local government construction procurement strategy, which has been praised by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), who note that the … Continue reading

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Planning Portal applications up

The Planning Portal blog reports a 14.6% increase in planning applications submitted through the Planning Portal since the same time last year.  View the Planning Portal Director’s Blog

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Could “Garden ‘Villages’” Solve the Housing Crisis?

Policy Exchange (an educational charity and think tank) has issued a report which calls for ‘garden villages’ to be built in each local authority area to solve issues with housing supply and demand.  Policy Exchange writes: Over one million new … Continue reading

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