Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

RTPI announces new Chief Executive

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Victoria Hills MRTPI FICE to the position of Chief Executive, who will take up the role from April 16th 2018. image RTPI website

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DBW’s top 5 interviews from 2017: Heritage and traditional build, if only in the background! 

Over the course of 2017, Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) has interviewed numerous ‘champions of industry’ and other high-profile figures, and the top 5 most popular interviews of the year all reflect important aspects of heritage in the construction and development sector.

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Prime Minister launches 25 Year Environment Plan: Leaving places better

Prime Minister Theresa May has launched a 25 Year Environment Plan – A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment – setting out the government’s intention to leave our environment in a better state than found, and … Continue reading

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DHCLG Consultation outcome publication on ‘Basement developments and the Planning System’

DHCLG has published a ‘Summary of Responses from the Consultation outcome on Basement Developments and the Planning System Call for Evidence’.

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Government promotes housing with DCLG rebrand to DHCLG

The Department of Communities and Local Government has been rebadged as the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government. image LocalGov website

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Scottish council considers knocking down all high-rise flats 

Scotland’s biggest social landlord North Lanarkshire Council could demolish all its tower blocks within 20 years which, if approved, could transform the skylines of towns including Motherwell, Coatbridge, Airdrie and Wishaw. image North Lanarkshire Council

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Huge blaze closes Nottingham’s recently restored GII listed railway station 

A huge blaze has closed Nottingham’s recently restored GII listed railway station, a fire that quickly spread across the concourse and may have started in the toilets. image Northern Vicar’s Blog

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Bristol University GII Fry fire accidental 

A fire that broke out in the roof of Bristol University’s Grade II listed Fry Building on Saturday, started accidentally, investigators have found, the BBC has reported.  image BBC website

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Wales: Owners etc. consultation on historic parks and gardens boundaries 

Wales has had a non-statutory register of historic parks and gardens since 1994 and it will form the basis for the new statutory register established by the 2016 Act, while in advance Cadw will consult with owners and occupiers on … Continue reading

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Highways England’s Strategic Road Network Initial Report consultation: Closing 8 Feb

The Strategic Road Network Initial Report (SRNIR) sets out proposals and recommendations for Roads from 2020 to 2025, with consultation closing 8 February 2018.

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Hackitt report into ‘Building Regulations and Fire Safety’ post-Grenfell: Interim update – Calls for ‘universal shift in culture’

Dame Judith Hackitt, chair of an independent review into building regulations and fire safety, has found that a ‘universal shift in culture’ is required to rebuild trust amongst residents of high-rise buildings and significantly improve the way that fire safety … Continue reading

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Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle January 2018

A cabinet reshuffle has taken place and the Prime Minister has announced new ministerial roles. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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Wellcome’s ‘architectural commission’ open call on health and places: Deadline 2 Feb

Wellcome invites proposals from architects, engineers, designers and artists for the construction of a 1:1 architectural project that addresses a key issue in human health today: deadline 2 February and with successful applications receiving a £500 fee to develop proposals … Continue reading

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Cadw research update on preservation of listed buildings in disrepair

Cadw has published research on how the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 can allow Welsh Ministers make regulations to give local authorities new powers to issue ‘preservation notices’, with the report outlining several options.

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Scottish Government publish key findings from the SHCS 2016

The Scottish Government has published key findings from the Scottish House Condition Survey (SHCS) 2016, including on energy efficiency ratings, carbon emissions, Scottish Housing Quality Standard and disrepair.

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Threat of legal action leads NP to defer planning decision on new homes for locals

A threat of legal action has led the Planning Committee of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) to defer a decision on whether to grant planning permission for five new, affordable homes in Bainbridge for local people.

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Latest SPAB Briefing series available to download: ‘Disaster and Recovery’

The latest, fourth, in the SPAB Briefing series is now ready to download – Disaster and Recovery – explains how, by being prepared and following the approach advocated by the SPAB, practitioners can ensure that appropriate measures are taken to … Continue reading

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Councils respond to England’s Local Government finance proposals: Income cannot plug gaps from funding cuts

England’s Local Government Association (LGA) has responded to the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement published recently, noting that ‘Years of unprecedented central government funding cuts’ mean local government is now unable to use ‘council tax income… to plug the growing … Continue reading

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SNH’s Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund to re-open for applications – closes 3 April

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is re-opening its Community Engagement Fund to new applicants at the start of 2018, a fund aimed at transforming some of Scotland’s most deprived urban areas by developing and improving their green spaces, with a deadline … Continue reading

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SPAB wins court case opposing harmful alterations to a medieval Sussex church

The SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) has won a landmark court case this month involving a harmful proposal to Grade I listed Holy Trinity, Poynings, Sussex. image SPAB website

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RTPI responds to Sunday Times article on planning corruption

Following articles published in The Sunday Times on 17 December claiming that corruption is endemic in the English planning system, RTPI has complained to the paper and sent a Letter to the Editor from its President Stephen Wilkinson.

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A view from the school: Why young people don’t want to work in construction, by a young person – ‘Sell the sector in school’

An opinion piece on UK ConstructionWeek explores why so few young people are taking up careers in construction, featuring a guest blog from a fifteen year old and Year 10 work experience student who says ‘… the industry needs to … Continue reading

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Perspectives in pictures: Heritage angles on CIOB’s ‘The Art of Building 2017’ from the BBC

Twelve finalists have been chosen from this year’s ‘Art of Building’ architectural photography competition, run by the Chartered Institute of Building, as relayed by BBC News, with older and heritage places featuring strongly. image Mehmet Yasa BBC website

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HE: Heritage bodies sought for positive action training scheme – closing 19 January

Historic England (HE) is inviting heritage sector organisations to participate in a scheme to increase the diversity of the heritage workforce. The scheme is aimed at undergraduates or very recent graduates who identify as having Black, Asian or other Minority … Continue reading

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Law Commission consultation on planning law in Wales: Ends 1 March

On 30 November 2017, the Law Commission launched a twelve-week public consultation on its proposals to modernise and codify planning law in Wales, with a deadline for responses of 1 March 2018.

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