Monthly Archives: September 2017

IHBC welcomes Civic Voice call to end cuts to local conservation staff, circulating our new joint ‘Practice Principles’ to ministers and MPs

The IHBC has welcomed Civic Voice’s call for an end to cuts to local conservation staff as it asks about the impact of conservation cuts and sends ministers and MPs the new, cross-sector ‘Conservation Professional Practice Principles’ to press for … Continue reading

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IHBC London on ‘Conservation Area’ futures: Last chance for 3 October conference and hear Civic Voice on civic needs

BOOKING CLOSES SUNDAY 1 OCT AT 7PM IHBC London Branch Day Conference 3 October 2017 Back to the Future: THE NEXT 50 YEARS FOR CONSERVATION AREAS Read more below: IHBC’s London Branch looks to the future of Conservation Areas: ‘Back … Continue reading

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IHBC HESPR’s weekly top picks from £225,000+ costed work: Conservation and interpretation at Great Yarmouth

The IHBC’s heritage business listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members a weekly ‘News and Tender Alert’ listing, this week with costed opportunities worth more than £225,000, while the IHBC Director’s top picks for … Continue reading

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110 Anglican churches closed in Wales in 10 years 

Anglican church figures have shown more than 10 churches a year are closing in Wales over the past decade, according to a new report.

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National Churches Trust shortlists for 2017 Church Architecture Awards announced

The Belarusian Memorial Chapel, the first wooden church built in London since the Great Fire of 1666; a new entrance for St Anne’s church in Soho featuring sleek glass doors and stylish neon lighting; and the restoration of the cupola … Continue reading

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HLF: Independent review of 200 project evaluation reports says start data collection early!

An independent review of the evaluation reports of 200 Heritage Grants projects completed between 2008 and 2013 found that how comprehensively and how early the project invested in the evaluation impacted on the finished report quality. image from HLF website … Continue reading

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Welsh economic strategy stresses importance of planning

The Welsh Government has published a new economic and growth blueprint that stresses the importance of planning: Prosperity for All.

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Historic India Club in London fights for survival

The India Club in London, a hub for Indian nationalists in the UK during the independence movement in the 1930s and 1940s, is fighting for its survival after plans emerged for the building to be recast internally. Economic Times website … Continue reading

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CPRE campaigns to support strong environmental laws post Brexit

The CPRE is asking the public to contact MPs to ensure that the strong environment and nature laws we have will stay in place after Brexit.

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FMB says: This is the CITB’s last chance for training across sector SMEs 

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has one last chance to fundamentally reform and start facilitating quality training en masse among the construction industry’s smaller firms – Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) – according to the Federation of Master Builders … Continue reading

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Planning appeal allowed to demolish unique classically designed Croydon Stag and Hounds Pub

A Planning Inspector has allowed an appeal to demolish the Stag and Hounds Public House in Croydon, a unique, classically designed three storey building, to build 7 flats and two semi-detached properties, noting an already ‘fractured streetscape’, and concluding that … Continue reading

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National Trust memberships hit new high of five million

Membership of the National Trust has reached five million for the first time, the conservation charity says.

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IHBC’s Linkedin Group passes 6000… but with top fees under £2/week (with UK tax relief), credibility only comes with IHBC membership 

The IHBC Linkedin Group – which offers the most accessible, fee-free route to the IHBC’s online networks and services – has passed 6000 members, but serious practitioners need to join the IHBC to secure credibility (and great value).

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IHBC on Project Management at Bishop Auckland, 18/19 Oct: CIOB President (and newly accredited Full IHBC member) helps spread the word!

IHBC on Project Management at Bishop Auckland, 18/19 Oct: CIOB President (and newly accredited Full IHBC member) helps spread the word!

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IHBC welcomes Civic Voice highlighting impacts of conservation cuts on Conservation Areas in 50th Anniversary year

The IHBC has welcomed Civic Voice highlighting the local impacts of conservation cuts on Conservation Areas, referencing research by IHBC and ALGAO published by Historic England, which shows that the number of full-time equivalent historic environment specialists providing advice to local … Continue reading

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Designing Buildings Wiki research: Construction industry must ensure practitioners have access to critical knowledge

Analysis of 6 million pieces of data by Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host partner of the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – has revealed that the knowledge framework underpinning the construction industry is no longer fit for purpose as practitioners do … Continue reading

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Victory for UK environment as judge says cost rules in environmental cases must change

The High Court has told the UK government that its new rules for environmental cases must be changed to protect those taking legal action.

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HE on ‘Heritage and the Economy’ now out, with new research: ‘Heritage Economic Impact Indicator Workbook 2017’

Historic England(HE) has published ‘Heritage and the Economy 2017’, summarising findings from studies on heritage and economic activity, while also introducing a new workbook tool, ‘Heritage Economic Impact Indicators 2017’, described as an ‘interactive workbook to empower users to extract … Continue reading

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DCLG: Fifth round of funding offers £40 million to the Great British Coast 

England’s Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)has announced that a new round of funding means that ‘Towns and cities along Britain’s coastline set to benefit from thousands of new jobs and millions of pounds more in visitor spending.’ Contains … Continue reading

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Defra pledges £500,000 for new action group to grow future of public parks

England’s Parks and Green Spaces Minister Marcus Jones , for Defra, launched a new Parks Action Group to help England’s public parks and green spaces meet the needs of communities now and in the future. Contains public sector information licensed … Continue reading

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SPAB: Local authority fails to safeguard Doncaster GII cottage 

Britain’s oldest conservation charity, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), reports that the demolition of a Grade II-listed (GII) cottage at 13 Church Street, Owston Ferry, Doncaster, was the result of North Lincolnshire Council’s failure to safeguard … Continue reading

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Torquay tower block campaigners enlist Richard Buxton, who took on the Government… and won

Richard Buxton has gone into battle over birds, wind farms, Harrier jump jets and the rides at Alton Towers, and campaigners fighting to save Torquay’s seafront Cary Green from development have hired the man ‘who took on the Government – … Continue reading

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Designation/Quality and more stats from DCLG

England’s Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published live tables for statistics on planning applications at national and local planning authority level, including statistics on planning applications in England between April and June 2017 and the first set of … Continue reading

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(IHBC) London’s calling as Conservation Areas go ‘Back to the future’, Royal College of Physicians, 3 Oct: revolutionary historic placeshaping looks ahead

Back to the Future Reminder: Branch Day Conference 3 October 2017 BOOK NOW – SOME PLACES STILL AVAILABLE! THE NEXT 50 YEARS FOR CONSERVATION AREAS IHBC’s London Branch looks to the future of Conservation Areas: ‘Back to the Future – … Continue reading

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IHBC YO!: Hull Old Town walking tour – Another (free) Conservation Area conversation (linked to HTN conference) – 4 Oct

IHBC’s Yorkshire (YO) Branch is offering a walking tour around Hull’s Old Town on 4 October, looking at changes and opportunities brought about by Conservation Area status, with IHBC members and guests free, and all offered as part of the … Continue reading

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