Monthly Archives: April 2012

IHBC and partners seek case studies to highlight LBC VAT relief impact

With the consultation date for the ‘borderline anomalies’ extended to 18 May, the IHBC is asking members to bring forward evidence they might have of the damage the tax adjustments will or might cause to projects, especially works with a … Continue reading

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IHBC welcomes Wales’ FM’s commitment to legislate for ‘at risk’ buildings

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) has welcomed the high-level commitment by the Wales First Minister to ensure that addressing Buildings at Risk (BAR) will be a priority in the country’s new Heritage Bill. First Minister Carwyn Jones said … Continue reading

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RCAHMS Review Update

An update on the review of RCAHMS notes that currently agreed options are being assessed at present. RCAHMS writes: In November 2011, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, commissioned Historic Scotland to undertake a strategic options … Continue reading

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Legal challenge over wind farm approval near heritage site

The National Trust, English Heritage and East Northamptonshire Council have decided to mount a joint High Court challenge against the planning permission granted on appeal for a wind farm proposed for a location within a mile of a Grade I … Continue reading

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Current state of ‘Conservatory tax’ & Green Deal: almost…

You can find our about the current state of discussions – as at 16 April and including extensive links to press articles etc – around the ‘conservatory tax’ and the Green Deal, in a ‘Standard Note’ to Members of Parliament, … Continue reading

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New director at SAVE

Clementine Cecil has been appointed as the new Director of SAVE, replacing William Palin who is set to leave the charity at the end of May, after four years at the helm, to pursue writing and restoration projects. Clementine Cecil … Continue reading

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CSCS hires former Balfour boss as chief

Former Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering managing director Graham Wren has takes over the lead at the industry skills card scheme CSCS. Building News: LINK

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Belfast landmark to be demolished

Northern Ireland Environment Minister Alex Attwood has reluctantly decided not to block the demolition of the Athletic Stores, an iconic Belfast landmark, as part of a mixed-use redevelopment scheme. The building is not listed but is in a conservation area. … Continue reading

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EH: GWR designation consultation

English Heritage has started consulting on the historic and architectural significance of a number of historic railway buildings, bridges and tunnels along the 116 miles of track of the Great Western main line, which runs from London’s Paddington Station to … Continue reading

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Clark: checking Inspectorate on NPPF’s; CLG helpline: guiding on process

Communities Minister Greg Clark expects to see a sample of decisions by planning inspectors to ensure they meet the Government’s intention that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) should be driven by the Coalition’s localism agenda, while in a related … Continue reading

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Village green ruling at Newhaven

A High Court judge has decided that West Beach at Newhaven in East Sussex is not a village green as Mr. Justice Ouseley ruled it did not qualify because its use by local people for informal recreation was incompatible with … Continue reading

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IHBC in Private Eye: Reaching dizzy heights with VAT campaign

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) – alongside the Heritage Alliance – has been the subject of substantial reporting by Private Eye’s Piloti, as the issue of the proposed raid on VAT support for key heritage projects is making … Continue reading

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Heritage VAT raid: IHBC supports the HA ‘No’ campaign

The IHBC has welcomed a new initiative by the Heritage Alliance (HA) to consolidate heritage sector opposition to the proposed removal of VAT relief for key heritage works across the UK by encouraging everyone to make use of their new … Continue reading

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IHBC Annual School AGM & elections 2012

The IHBC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held as usual after the Institute’s key training event for the year, the Day School of our Annual School, at 5.30 on 22 June 2012, in the Guildhall Winchester, and as the … Continue reading

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IHBC: select NewsBlogs free for all on RSS feeds

Now anyone can keep up to date on essential IHBC news through RSS (really simple syndication) feeds, as our news updates are made more accessible to all parts of the heritage, development and environment sectors. IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: … Continue reading

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Planning Inspectorate: Model wording for Local Plan link to NPPF

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) includes a presumption in favour of sustainable development, and the Planning Inspectorate has published a model wording which it considers, if incorporated into a draft Local Plan submitted for examination, will be an appropriate … Continue reading

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England’s new community rights web site

The government has launched a new community rights microsite that offers a range of support to help local community groups. Launched on 5 April, ‘Community Rights’ aim is to ‘give power to communities to support their neighbourhoods’. It does this … Continue reading

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HS: Seeking advisory committee members

Historic Scotland invites applications from persons for appointment as a Member of the Agency’s Advisory Committee. Historic Scotland says: Historic Scotland has established an Advisory Committee comprising the Senior Management Team and a number of external members. The Committee will … Continue reading

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England’s first neighbourhood plan goes to examination

The neighbourhood planning regime is due to pass an important milestone next week when the first of this new type of plan – for Dawlish in south Devon – reaches its examination stage. The Dawlish Parish Neighbourhood Plan will be … Continue reading

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Up to £1m for future of England’s high streets

Planning Minister Greg Clark has revealed that £1 million will be made available to support the creation of high street neighbourhood plans that will help revitalise this crucial part of the local economy. The announcement is part of the Government’s … Continue reading

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Planning satisfaction in Northern Ireland

The latest Customer Satisfaction Survey – covering 2010/11 – for Northern Ireland’s planning service showed an overall level of 61 per cent, two percentage points down on the previous year. In total, over 1,000 customers from across Northern Ireland responded … Continue reading

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Planning Aid reboots after funding confirmed

Planning Aid England is seeking to re-employ staff after it received formal confirmation that it will get extra funding from the government. Communities and Local Government has formally agreed a four-month continuation to its grant to Planning Aid England under … Continue reading

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Wales Spatial Plan move

The Welsh Government has announced that responsibility for the Wales Spatial Plan, adopted by the National Assembly for Wales in 2004, will move from the Local Government and Communities portfolio to the Environment and Sustainable Development portfolio with effect from … Continue reading

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EH: Heritage Angel Awards 2012 launched

The search is on to find winners for this year’s English Heritage (EH) Angel Awards as the annual competition, founded last year by Andrew Lloyd Webber to reward the efforts of local people in saving their heritage, is launched for … Continue reading

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IHBC 2012 School: ‘Significance’ – ‘early bird’ rates end 20 April

The ‘early bird’ booking rates for the IHBC’s 2012 Annual School in Winchester will finish on 20 April, and as its theme of ‘Significance’ has special urgency following England’s current tight focus on conservation policy, heritage professionals seeking current insights … Continue reading

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