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South Downs National Park endorsed whole Estate Plan

The Wiston Whole Estate Plan 2017-2030 was approved by the South Downs National Park Authority’s Policy and Resource Committee on 20 July 2017.

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Have your say in Landscape Institute’s major education and practice review: 5 & 27 September and after

The Landscape Institute (LI) is investing in a large, cross-discipline review of education and practice in not just landscape design, but all areas and specialisms of the profession spanning management, science, planning and urban design, and will conduct the survey … Continue reading

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On show to share thoughts: Six ‘design concepts’ to restore NT’s Clandon Park following 2015 fire

The ideas for restoring and presenting the famous Grade 1 listed 18th-century mansion Clandon Park, destroyed by fire in 2015, presented by six separate teams, are on display at Clandon Park until 1 October, one of which owner the National … Continue reading

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THA on ‘Rural heritage under threat: looking after our landscapes post Brexit’

The Heritage Alliance (THA) has published a paper entitled ‘Rural heritage under threat: looking after our landscapes post Brexit’. 

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Heritage Perspectives 1: Clive Aslet – Treasury taxation on Heritage Maintenance Funds deflect funds from benefiting historic houses

Clive Aslet reports in The Times (limited access) about the impact of treasury taxation on Heritage Maintenance Funds (HMFs) – set up in the 1970’s – in deflecting funds intended for protection of heritage to the taxman.

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Heritage Perspectives 2: Don’t Take That view! Gary Barlow goes to war over new-build near his G-II mansion 

Gary Barlow’s Grade II listed home is located close to fields where developers plan 54 new homes, and Barlow is backing neighbours who are opposed to the plans – the Parish Council also objected – arguing the development would spoil … Continue reading

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Heritage Perspectives 3: Residents stunned as thieves steal red Phone Box from their village

Residents in a ‘picture postcard’ village have been left devastated after thieves stole a traditional red phone box weighing three quarters of a ton from outside their homes.

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JPICH Heritage in Changing Environments pre-call announcement: 4.5 million Euros for transnational proposals 

The Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage and Global Change has announced a new funding opportunity of 4.5 million Euros for ‘transnational proposals’ with areas covered including ‘changing political and cultural environments’ and ‘environmental deterioration’.

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Scottish Government Climate Change Bill – Consultation Paper

This paper from the Scottish Government (SG) contains proposals for a new Climate Change Bill, to amend only those parts of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 that relate to emission reduction targets and associated reporting duties with a public … Continue reading

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BD: Carbuncle Cup shortlists six contenders for worst building of 2017

Six buildings have been shortlisted for architecture’s least illustrious prize, courtesy BD (Building Design) – the Carbuncle Cup for the UK’s worst new building from the last year.

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Public phone boxes: nearing end of line

About 20,000 little-used red phone booths to be axed as mobiles reduce their relevance.

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A new home may need to last 2,000 years say LGA 

The Local Government Association (LGA) warns that the average new home in England will have to last 2,000 years if the sluggish rate of house building and replacement continues.

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The Welsh Streets: a transforming moment as first restored houses opened

Prolonged battles by SAVE and partners to prevent the needless and wasteful destruction of tens of thousands of decent terraced houses in the north of England has received triumphant vindication with the opening in August 2017 of the first restored … Continue reading

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BBC links ‘heritage’ and ‘home’: ‘The landmarks that mean you’re nearly home’

The BBC has recently run a feature on the softer benefits of heritage: ‘..the sights that mean the journey’s end is near and the comforts of home await, from towers to trees and works of art, favoured roadside landmarks that … Continue reading

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Workmen accidentally start roof fire at Edinburgh Cat A/WHS hotel

Workmen are believed to have caused a major fire scare after setting alight the roof of a luxury Category A listed hotel, the Nira Caledonia on Gloucester Place in Edinburgh’s New Town and World Heritage Site. image Fiona Newton, IHBC

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New HE research from the LA services in the SW: ‘How you rate Local Authority heritage services’ 

An independent study led by Historic England (HE) and co-funded by the Heritage Lottery Find (HLF), has been published, revealing how people feel about the impacts of cuts on local authority heritage services in the South West. 

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Wales’ National parks ‘could lose status if report implemented’

Wales’ national parks could lose their status as internationally recognised protected areas if a Welsh Government review is implemented, a panel of experts has warned.

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Grade II-listed Wythenshawe Hall fire, Greater Manchester: Man jailed for arson attack

A man who set fire to a Grade II-listed 16th Century timber framed manor house, Wythenshawe Hall, Greater Manchester leaving it partly destroyed, has been jailed. image Friends of Wythenshawe

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HE report demonstrates how London’s Heritage is vital for growth

A new report from Historic England (HE) – ‘Translating Good Growth for London’s Historic Environment’ – demonstrates how heritage can successfully underpin London’s growth.

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HES: Scotland’s first ever Heritage Awareness Day launched, for October 6

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is urging people across Scotland to come face to face with history to celebrate the first ever Heritage Awareness Day on October 6.

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London: aspiring to be the world’s first ‘National Park City’ 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, offers his support to help make the city the world’s first National Park City and one of the greenest cities on earth. 

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Update: Heritage Impact Statements in Wales

From 1 September 2017 a Heritage Impact Statement will be required to support any application for listed building or conservation area consent in Wales, as the Heritage Impact Statement will replace the Design and Access Statement in the application process … Continue reading

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SNH provides clear focus for Scotland’s coastal landscapes 

New guidance to help professionals assess the potential impacts of future development on Scotland’s coastal landscapes has been published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). image Fiona Newton, IHBC

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Opinion piece on design research: ‘The Research Paradox for Architects’

In an opinion piece, Peter Raisbeck suggests that there are people in this world who don’t think architecture has much to do with research.

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£15 million Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund to boost region’s tech, creative and cultural industries

Towns and cities across the North of England can bid for grants to help build a lasting regional legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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