Daily Archives: 11/05/2012

IHBC sees likely ‘car-crash’ for UK buildings as DECC pushes external insulation

The IHBC, with partners, is highlighting yet another likely disaster for the UK’s built heritage as attempts by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to reduce energy consumption in buildings will push potentially damaging external insulation in traditional … Continue reading

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IHBC & partners meet Treasury to challenge heritage VAT raid

IHBC Policy Chair Mike Brown, together with other partners in the ‘Cut the VAT’ campaign, led by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB),  will meet next week with David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, to make the case against … Continue reading

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IHBC says: ‘Sign up to object to the HMRC’s heritage VAT raid NOW’!

You can easily add your name to the anti-VAT raid e-petition NOW, in advance of the closure of the consultation on 18 May, by clicking on http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/32056.  With 100,000 signatures the matter could be debated in the House of Commons!  … Continue reading

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Update on Scotland’s HE legislation & policy review

Following presentations to Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) members by Andrew Fleming, Director of Policy at Historic Scotland (HS), on the current position and forward plan for the review of Historic Environment (HE) legislation and policy identified in the HS … Continue reading

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QEST scholarship opportunities

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) is offering Conservation and Craft Awards of up to £15,000 with the next deadline Thursday, 24 May 2012. QEST states: QEST is particularly concerned with the conservation of the many traditional British crafts that are … Continue reading

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EH on the NPPF: heritage perspectives

English Heritage (EH) has produced explanatory guidance on its interpretation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – including the relevance of the ‘Practice Guide’ to the now-withdrawn PPS 5 – all supported by an online presentation by Mike Harlow … Continue reading

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Planning officers’ advice on the NPPF

The Planning Officers Society has published an advice note for local planning authorities on how to respond to the enactment of the Localism Act and publication of the finalised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The advice note focuses on five … Continue reading

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Cardiff: listed pub shifted

The Vulcan Hotel, one of Cardiff’s best preserved Victorian pubs, is to be dismantled and moved to St Fagans National History Museum. Search Planning Portal: LINK

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Historic Scotland blocks Perth City Hall demolition

Heritage watchdog Historic Scotland has refused an application from Perth and Kinross Council seeking its permission to demolish Perth City Hall. Historic Scotland states: Historic Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Ministers received an application from Perth and Kinross Council seeking … Continue reading

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NPPF’s ‘enabling development’ exception allows Suffolk AONB development

Suffolk Coastal District Council has approved plans for nine homes as enabling development to pay for the restoration of Sudbourne Park in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The National Policy Planning Framework (NPPF) says … Continue reading

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King’s Cross neighbourhood move

Amenity groups and community organisations from the area around King’s Cross in central London have started negotiations with Camden and Islington Councils to establish a Neighbourhood Forum and draw up a neighbourhood plan straddling the boundary between the two planning … Continue reading

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New neighbourhood planning guidance from Locality & partners

A new quick guide to neighbourhood planning co-produced by Locality, Urban Vision Enterprise and Building Communities is now available. For the guide see: LINK See other Locality publications at: LINK

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Lords say DCMS failing to lead heritage science community

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has today called upon the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to provide adequate leadership for heritage science. In its report Science and Heritage: a follow-up the Committee cites research that … Continue reading

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