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Welsh Museums, DCMS on visitors, and NTS ‘conservation’

This month has brought several items of ‘good news’ for museums and visitor attractions; The Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) reports that August brought record numbers of visitors to English museums, the Welsh Government are promoting the first … Continue reading

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New IHBC journal Context now online: Valuing Heritage

New IHBC journal Context now online: Valuing Heritage.  The latest issue of the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), Context, to go online is our ‘Valuing Heritage’ issue, No. 133, from March 2014, which looks at conflict … Continue reading

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3m visitors make HODs 2014 biggest festival of heritage

Heritage Open Days (HODs) broke records across the board this September, cementing its place as England’s biggest celebration of local history. Heritage Alliance writes: In its 20th anniversary year, the four-day festival welcomed a spectacular three million visitors, up 900,000 … Continue reading

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Planning (Wales) Bill launched

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant launched the new Planning (Wales) Bill this week, with proposals for the modernisation of the Welsh planning system including changes to regional planning, new pre-application consultation procedures and amendments to enforcement processes. The Welsh Government … Continue reading

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Scottish Government Draft Budget 2015/2016: Views by 22 Oct

Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney set out the proposed 2015-16 Scottish Government budget in the Scottish Parliament yesterday, including details of Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT), and the Land and Building Transaction Tax (LBTT), with the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee … Continue reading

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Conference season: Lib Dems on housing

Several announcements on housing were made at the Liberal Democrats (Lib Dems) conference, including proposals for three new garden cities; the amendment of the New Towns Act to give Local Authorities further powers; the launch of new apprenticeship and training … Continue reading

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Smith Commission on Scottish devolution: Your views sought

The Smith Commission is seeking the views of members of the public for input into the discussions on devolution of powers for Scotland, with a deadline for responses of 5pm on 31 October. The Smith Commission writes: Lord Smith has … Continue reading

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Localism: Appleby Neighbourhood Planning Area

Further neighbourhood planning areas are being considered in the area that was one of the first to adopt Localism powers. Eden District Council writes: Appleby has applied to Eden District Council to be designated as an area that has the … Continue reading

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Coal mining data published

Datasets of coal mining have been published this week by the Coal Authority, including known areas of activity, abandoned mines and mine gas sites. UK Gov GIS data

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Local Plan withdrawn due to lack of housing provision

Derbyshire Dales District Council has confirmed that its Local Plan has been withdrawn from public examination due to lack of provision of housing sites, and an additional period of public consultation seeking new sites is proposed. Derbyshire Dales District Council … Continue reading

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National Piers Society calls for heritage funding changes

The National Piers Society has called for changes to heritage funding rules this week, to allow piers in private ownership to be able to access funding.  View information on the campaign and details of recent media appearances on BBC news … Continue reading

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HS2 route near Lichfield changed

Plans for the HS2 rail line route near Lichfield, Staffordshire, have been altered, the company responsible for the Government-backed project has announced. The amended route will now pass under the A38, the West Coast Main Line and the South Staffordshire … Continue reading

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IHBC’s Derby Membership Support Day: video online

Since the successful Annual School the IHBC has been using more social networking and at the latest membership support day hosted by the East Midlands Branch we created a video of delegates seeking support for their applications. IHBC Director Sean … Continue reading

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Brownfield- v- greenfield is not ‘black and white’

The Land Trust and Buglife have called upon politicians to remember that whilst the NPPF prioritises development upon brownfield land, many brownfield sites can be wildlife havens and intrinsically valuable for public use. Buglife writes: Let’s change our assumptions about … Continue reading

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Panel for review of Welsh landscape designations announced

Details of the panel members who will be reviewing the designated landscapes of Wales have been announced this week by Carl Sargeant, the Minister for Natural Resources at the Welsh Government The Welsh Government writes: Professor Terry Marsden, Director of … Continue reading

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HCA plans for 500 homes at former MoD barracks

The Homes and Commuities Agency (HCA) proposals for 500 homes and a construction skills training centre at a former barracks in Hampshire have been approved by councilors.  HCA writes: Proposals to bring hundreds of new homes, jobs and better road … Continue reading

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