Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

HE reopens applications for Heritage Action Zones (HAZ)- improve economic growth and quality of life in your local places

Historic England (HE) has reopened applications for Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) status and support, offering opportunities to improve economic growth and quality of life in cities by breathing new life into old places.

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Scotland’s ‘What’s Your Heritage?’ campaign results out as Scots share thoughts on what heritage means to them

A report on what heritage means to Scots has been published by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), revealing which of Scotland’s places, buildings and monuments might be recognised and celebrated.

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Rural Network Wales’ Sustainable Management Scheme Application to open 10 July

Rural network Wales Sustainable Management scheme third application window is opening on 10 July, and will provide financial support for land management and collaboration activities.

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Girdwood Community Hub takes top honours at Northern Ireland RICS Awards

More than 30 of Northern Ireland’s most impressive and community-beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the RICS Awards 2017, Northern Ireland with North Belfast’s Girdwood Community Hub claiming the overall ‘Project of the Year’ award.

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Conservative areas ‘difficult’ to get planning permission in, warn developers

Property developers are finding it ‘significantly more difficult’ to get new houses built in areas controlled by Conservative politicians, new research reveals.

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Nominations open for third Scottish ‘Heritage Angels’ Awards 2017

Nominations have opened for the third Scottish Heritage Angels Awards in a bid to find those groups and individuals – or ‘Angels’ – who have played a special part in caring for, recording and celebrating the nation’s historic environment.

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Findings from Lichfields’ latest research into rural tourism

Lichfields has published its most recent insight ‘Rural estates: economic benefits of rural tourism’, with key findings underpinning  the case that ‘Planning is key to unlock the value in rural estates’.

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NT scoops ‘Special Recognition Award’ for excellence at the Museums + Heritage Awards

On 17 May the National Trust (NT) was awarded a one-off Special Recognition Award at the prestigious Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence.

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Campaigners win right to appeal Lancashire fracking decision

Campaigners have been granted permission to appeal against the decision to allow fracking in Lancashire.

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Grosvenor unveils £500m plans for 12 acres in Bermondsey

Building reports that Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has unveiled its £500m masterplan for 1,500 new rental homes in Bermondsey in South East London.

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Titanic Belfast and Odyssey expansion plans

Titanic Belfast and the Odyssey Pavilion are both set to undergo fresh expansion according to new plans reported on by the Belfast Telegraph.

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BEFS highlights data resources on Europe & seeks thoughts BREXIT priorities by 20 June…

Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS), the link body for built and historic environment interests in Scotland, is highlighting research resources on European links while asking for thoughts on Brexit priorities by 20 June.

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SAVE’s ‘Up My Street’ – Buildings at Risk Catalogue 2017-18: Launches 28 June 

SAVE Britain’s Heritage’s latest ‘Buildings at Risk Catalogue’ will be published on 28th June 2017, and features over 100 decaying buildings from across the country in need of new owners or new uses.

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Timeline for 50 years of the Scottish Civic Trust: Facelifts, tobacco, and BAR…

Gaby Laing, Heritage Officer at the Scottish Civic Trust has put together a timeline of the Trust’s history of the last fifty years to mark 50 years of the Scottish Civic Trust. image from SCT website

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Top UK council websites named by ‘Better Connected’

Thirty six local authorities have been identified as having the UK’s top council websites after performance surveys carried out from a customer perspective.

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Clumber Park says no to fracking – but energy firm could take legal action

Press reports cite National Trust bosses as having rejected a request from chemicals firm Ineos to conduct surveys at Clumber Park to test for shale gas – a process that could lead to fracking.

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HE protects two sites to commemorate New Zealand lives lost in WWI Messines centenary

A large Kiwi chalk figure in Wiltshire commemorating lives lost and sacrifices made by New Zealand troops in First World War is protected as a scheduled monument, and a Terrain Model of Messines in Staffordshire – an accurate scale model … Continue reading

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Heritage to be at the heart of Northern Ireland’s great places

The Great Place Scheme has been launched in Northern Ireland, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to put culture and heritage at the heart of the development of local communities.

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Campaign to save GII Cardigan Arms Pub in Leeds through crowd funding

A community group from Leeds, has put their plans for the Cardy, a Grade II listed pub in Burley, directly to owners Greene King, who made it very clear they are looking for the best bid and not necessarily the … Continue reading

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£300,000 to drive up participation in culture and the arts in Wales

The Welsh Government will invest nearly £300,000 this year to create more opportunities for people to engage in culture and the arts and drive up volunteering in the sector.

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Australian National Trust Heritage Awards 2017: Winners announced

The Australian National Trust has announced the 2017 Heritage Awards winners, with categories that reflect many heritage areas familiar in the UK, and some less so.

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Esmée Fairbairn grows endowment to £1bn

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation had a record spend of £49.1m across its grant-making and social investments, and it now has an endowment of £1bn, its 2016 accounts have revealed, which was up from £876m at the same time in 2015.

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Scientific report reveals 90% English floodplains no longer work properly

Ninety percent of floodplains across the country have been so severely changed that they no longer work properly, according to a new report, released today by Co-op Insurance and Dr Neil Entwistle and Dr George Heritage of The University of … Continue reading

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New urbanism? London ‘Landscraper’ for Google’s Kings Cross HQ

Google has submitted plans for ‘landscraper’ London headquarters, as construction on building that is longer than the Shard is tall is set to begin in King’s Cross in 2018.

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Reconstruction and repainting of Battersea Power Station’s iconic four chimneys almost completed

Battersea Power Station’s four chimneys are iconic structures that are instantly recognisable and a much-loved feature of London’s skyline and are being fully reconstructed with work near completion and painting underway.

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