Monthly Archives: January 2012

‘NESTA’ to be reconstituted as a charity

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has laid an Order in Parliament to abolish the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) as a non-departmental public body (NDPB) following the Government’s announcement in October 2010 of its proposal … Continue reading

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WWII heritage: Bletchley Park building listed

  A building at Bletchley Park used to break the Enigma Code and which contributed to the allied victory in the Second World War has been given Grade II listed status today by Heritage Minister John Penrose. Block C at … Continue reading

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IHBC & partners hit a high note in trade press on Green Deal concerns

The IHBC, with partner bodies the SPAB and COTAC, have highlighted in the construction sector press their concerns over the damage the government’s Green Deal initiative might cause to the historic environment. The success of the initiative has helped set … Continue reading

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Colin Haylock succeeds Summers as RTPI President

Colin Haylock, a full member of the IHBC, has become President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in succession to Richard Summers.   IHBC Secretary Eddie Booth welcomed Colin to his new position saying: ‘The IHBC is very proud … Continue reading

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Heritage highlights at London Planning Awards

A 19th century granary store that has been spectacularly transformed into a university for the arts has scooped the Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence at the London Planning Awards, while the award for Best Historic Building Management – sponsored by … Continue reading

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Heritage Alliance launches 2012-15 strategy

Heritage Alliance has launched its 2012-15 strategy.   Heritage Alliance writes: Heritage Day on 8 December 2011 was a moment to reflect on the organisational development of the Alliance with the publication of the Annual Review of 2011, and a … Continue reading

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‘Weakest link’ consultations: public votes off ‘weakest regulations’

Communities Minister Baroness Hanham is asking people to vote out policies they think are the weakest links, in a drive to eliminate ineffective and unnecessary regulations from the country’s housing laws. The Government’s Red Tape Challenge is shining a spotlight … Continue reading

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CSkills forward strategy: views sought

Industry feedback is being sought on proposed recommendations for the new Construction Skills Strategy which is currently being developed by Sector Skills Council CITB-ConstructionSkills and the Industry Training Board, with the consultaton closing on 6th February 2012. The Strategy, which … Continue reading

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Durham Council seeks transfer of ‘sport & leisure’ to ‘charitable trust’

Durham County Council is considering putting its leisure centres, libraries and theatres into a charitable trust as a way to save money.   The council has to make spending cuts of £145.8m in the next five years and hopes it … Continue reading

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Scotland proposes ‘cost capping’ planning challenges

Proposals for a costs capping scheme in cases challenging decisions by public authorities which impact on the environment have been published by the Scottish Government in a consultation ending on 3 April.   The usual rule in civil cases is … Continue reading

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