Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

RTPI Awards for Research Excellence now open

The RTPI Awards for Research Excellence recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools, and planning consultancies, in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and internationally, with entries to be sent electronically to research@rtpi.org.uk … Continue reading

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CIC Launches ‘Essential Principles Guide’ for creating an accessible and inclusive environment

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) officially launched their ‘Essential Principles Guide’ for Built Environment Professionals on creating an accessible and inclusive environment.

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Fresh lease of life for one of Britain’s oldest slate mines as roof for Cambridge college

The Telegraph reports that one of the country’s oldest Collyweston mines has re-opened and its distinctive limestone tiles will soon adorn one of the roofs at King’s College, Cambridge.

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ICOMOS-UK ‘firmly objects’ to short tunnel at Stonehenge

ICOMOS-UK goes to the very crux of the matter by explicitly rejecting the claim by Historic England, English Heritage and The National Trust that the “benefits” of a short tunnel would justify the new damage.

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Demolition of Bexhill church refused for third time

Planning permission to knock down the disused church of St. Andrew’s, Bexhill has been refused for a third time.

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Pocahontas statue re-listed to mark 400th anniversary of death

The statue of Pocahontas at the Church of St George in Gravesend has had its listed status updated to commemorate 400 years since her death.

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill passed in House of Lords

After its third reading and with several amendments, the bill has now passed  back to the Commons. Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

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Guidance For Housing And NSIPs Published

The government has published guidance regarding the details of measures that will see major infrastructure projects that include up to 500 homes considered as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP)

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Victorian Visions

Guest blogger Veronica Barbagallo tells us about an upcoming student exhibition project created in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland

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Green light for £2 billion garden city development in Cardiff

The City of Cardiff Council has approved plans for the remaining elements of Plasd?r, the £2 billion garden city development earmarked for the north-west outskirts of the capital.

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Fire destroys Grade II-listed Alston Hall in Longridge

The fire at Grade II-listed Alston Hall could have been started deliberately, police have said. Historic England described the hall as “highly decorative” and it is thought to have been under renovation when the fire started.

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More than 100 housing estates receive regeneration cash boost

Local authorities and housing associations will receive funding to speed up the building of thousands of new homes. UK Gov writes: More than 100 housing estates across the country are set to benefit from a significant investment to kick-start their regeneration, … Continue reading

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UNESCO hosts First International Coordination Meeting for the recovery of Aleppo’s heritage

UNESCO brought together Syrian stakeholders and international experts to evaluate damage to historic monuments during a Technical and Coordination Meeting convened by UNESCO

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School’s children help secure Chislehurst war memorial GII listing

The war memorial on Chislehurst Common has been awarded Grade II listed status, thanks to pupils at Montbelle Primary School.

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Nominations for Europa Nostra’s 7 Most Endangered 2018

Europa Nostra’s ‘7 Most Endangered’ programme for 2018 is open, so if you know of important heritage that is endangered nominate it before the closing date of 30 June 2017.

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Cheshire design consultancy works on NT’s HLF-funded Quarry Bank brief

Mather & Co of Cheshire has completed the first phase of a four-year project at the National Trust’s (NT) Quarry Bank estate in Cheshire.

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Hudson Heritage Awards 2017 – winners revealed

Penelope, Viscountess Cobham, CBE, chairman of VisitEngland, presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London on 14 March.

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Bothy-bagging: Scotland’s best-kept secrets revealed

Bothies – remote shelters in the wilderness where walkers can spend the night free of charge – have long been one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets. A new book has revealed the location of 80 of the mountain huts.

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Norfolk’s neolithic flint mines at Grime’s Graves open new pit to public

English Heritage’s Grime’s Graves, identified about 150 years ago as neolithic flint mines, has opened a second pit to visitors who will be winched deep underground to see the 4,000-year-old site where Neolithic miners used antlers to hack out flint.

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Cadw: Emergency interventions at Ruthin Castle

The Welsh Government’s historic environment service, Cadw, has stepped in to undertake emergency stabilisation works at Ruthin Castle, before large parts of this significant historic site are lost. Ruthin Castle Conservation Trust website

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Scotland’s special themed tourism years unveiled

It has been confirmed that Scotland’s themed Years’ tourism programme will continue beyond 2018, with built and cultural heritage continuing as a central feature.

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£200,000 funding to help ‘transform planning system’ across UK

A mix of nine small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and local planning authorities from across the UK have been selected by Future Cities Catapult to receive £200,000 to transform outdated planning systems.

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MPs seek to cut £3.5bn bill for Houses of Parliament repairs

The Treasury select committee has queried the cost of building work and is investigating if a temporary shutdown can be avoided. Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

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Belfast Victorian baths become hi-tech co-working space

The BBC reports that the listed Ormeau Baths building in Belfast is to become a co-working space for freelancers and small businesses. 

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Southwark Council Article 4 on all pubs offers protection from PD rights

An Article 4 direction from Southwark Council means that any changes to pubs in the areas will have to go through the planning process rather than benefit from Permitted Development (PD) rights, so the council – as well as the … Continue reading

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