Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

Work on Cardiff’s Coal Exchange examined to see if it goes beyond planning consent

Wales online reports that Cardiff council is examining whether the Coal Exchange developer is carrying out work without planning consent.

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RTPI World Town Planning Day 2017 Schools Competition: Closing World Town Planning Day – 8 Nov

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has announced the 2017 Schools Competition to mark World Town Planning day and its theme is ‘How would you make your local place more inclusive resilient and sustainable?, with the competition closing on World … Continue reading

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Impact of Brexit and local authorities’ role to be examined by Commons Select Committee: Calls close 14 Nov

The Communities and Local Government Committee’s ‘Brexit and Local Government’ inquiry looks at which powers currently held by the EU could be transferred to town halls after the UK’s exit.

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Bolton’s Beehive Mills demolition plan to go ahead as Government cancels planning inquiry

The Beehive Mills, in Great Lever, Grade II Listed, will be demolished sooner than expected after a Government inquiry into plans to build homes on the site was cancelled. image Bolton News

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Blackpool’s piers placed on WMF heritage watch list: Include GII listed

Blackpool’s three piers – including the Grade II (GII) listed North Pier – have been put on the 2018 ‘at risk’ list of the World Monuments Fund (WMF) due to the threats from the effects of climate change and changing … Continue reading

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NT’s seeks LBC for window stickers in Peckover House to enhance visitor experience

The National Trust (NT) has applied for Listed Building Consent (LBC) to install window stickers in the reception area of Peckover House, to enhance visitor experience.

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GII Tithe Barn Trust runs ‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign

The Landbeach Tithe Barn in Cambridgeshire has sheets on the thatch and is urgently awaiting repairs, and the Tithe Barn Trust’s ‘Sponsor a Sheaf Campaign’ has been developed as a way to help this GII Listed thatched barn.

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Applications for 50 for free Landmark stays now open until midnight 3 December 2017

Applications for 50 for Free Landmark building stays are now open until midnight, Sunday 3 December 2017

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London Green Belt Council (LGBC): Green belt sites pegged for development ‘doubled’

The number of sites facing development on London’s green belt has more than doubled since last year, the campaigning group London Green Belt Council (LGBC) has warned. image LocalGovernment website

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Guide encourages cooperation between arts and health sector

A new guide aims to encourage people in the arts and health services to work together to prevent illness and improve wellbeing.

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England’s conservation opportunities and duties: 74% support Conservation Areas controls…; but only 56% of residents know they live in one!

Findings released on the anniversary of the designation of the first Conservation Area – Stamford in Lincolnshire, designated in 1967 – show that while 74% of adults living in England support powers for councils allowing them to restrict changes to … Continue reading

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DCLG confirms revised National Planning Policy Framework in Spring 2018 following consultations

The government has confirmed its intention to publish a revised National Planning Policy Framework in Spring 2018, informed by wider consultations, stating that it ‘will ensure that we not only plan for the right homes in the right places, but … Continue reading

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HE publishes update of Streets for All for consultation, closing 9 Nov 

An update of Historic England’s Streets for All has been published for consultation with a closing date for comments is 9 November.

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Chipperfield to lead restoration of Venice St Marks palazzo, closed to public for centuries

Sir David Chipperfield, whose work includes the Neues Museum in Berlin, will oversee the multi-million pound renovation of the 16th century Procuratie Vecchie, which will be opened to the public for the first time in 500 years when the project … Continue reading

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Creative Industries Clusters Programme – Creative R&D Partnerships Call Launched

Statements of Intent are now invited for the Creative Research & Development (R&D) Partnership scheme, part of the Creative Industries Clusters Programme with statements of intent due by Friday 27 October at 4pm in order to be eligible to apply … Continue reading

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The Gardens Trust seeks nominations for Mid to Late C20 designed landscapes by 31 October

The Gardens Trust needs help in finding un-recognised and neglected mid to late C20 designed landscapes – those laid out between the mid 1960s and 1990 with nominations sought by 31 October.

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BBC: Is Dumfries the happiest place in Scotland? 

Dumfries, in the south west of Scotland, has emerged as the happiest in Scotland, according to a recent survey.

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Hull – City of Culture – also named ‘most enterprising place in Britain’

Birmingham has had to give up its crown as Hull replaces the west Midlands city as the most enterprising place in Britain. image Local Gov UK website

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RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2018 now open for entries: Till 8 December

The 2018 Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence are now open for entries, with categories including Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture, and closes on 8 December.

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Fine homeowners who sell draughty homes, suggests report

Homeowners who sell draughty homes could be fined, according to a report from Frontier Economics Consultancy.

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DCLG: Compulsory purchase process and the Crichel Down Rules revised

England’s Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has revised guidance on compulsory purchase and the Crichel Down Rules for the disposal of surplus land acquired by, or under the threat of, compulsion.

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Uncertain future for derelict former Stan Laurel school building in Bishop Auckland 

A burnt-out school once attended by Stan Laurel is to go up for sale after a £2m plan to bring it back to life failed to secure the necessary funding. image Northern Echo website

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Conservation Areas featured in the Telegraph: Opinions on 50 years of conservation area designation – Stamford, Lincs

The Telegraph has featured observations on Stamford’s historic centre, as the first conservation area, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its designation this year.

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Scotland’s Heritage Awareness Day: 6 Oct

Friday 6 October is Scotland’s first ever Heritage Awareness Day, celebrating History, Heritage and Archaeology in the themed year 2017.

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Liverpool faces up to world heritage removal threat with taskforce

The mayor of Liverpool has created a taskforce to work to ‘reset’ its relationship with UNESCO after the body threatened to remove the city’s world heritage status.

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