Flats and restaurant plan for Poole’s Old Town faces opposition

Historic England has objected to plans for a six-storey flat complex and restaurant in Poole’s historic Old Town.

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Government treating Global Goals as ‘developing world issue’, MPs warn

UK Gov Global Goals 260417The Environmental Audit Committee has criticised the Government for failing to set out a clear plan to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (or ‘Global Goals’) in the UK.

 

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English Heritage challenged over Clifford’s Tower in York

English Heritage is planning to dig under York’s most iconic of locations, the 12th-century Clifford’s Tower, and build a visitor centre, but the fight to stop the works is to go to the high court.

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Herefordshire Council approves sale of all county farms

Herefordshire Council’s cabinet has agreed to sell all of its county farms.

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Opinion: The Apprenticeship Levy is an opportunity for businesses to improve – we shouldn’t waste it

The Apprenticeship Levy came into force on 6 April, and the Telegraph’s Steve Hill argues that we need to take full advantage of the UK Government’s initiative ‘to ensure larger organisations get serious about apprenticeship programmes’.

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IHBC’s 2017 Yearbook now out: On ‘infrastructure’, inspired by IHBC’s 2017 Annual School and introduced by HLF’s Ros Kerslake

IHBC Yearbook 2017More than 5500 copies of the IHBC’s Yearbook for 2017 are being distributed to members and sector leaders, containing feature articles linked to the IHBC’s 2017 Annual School theme of ‘Historic Transport Infrastructure’, as well as the regular IHBC resources, all introduced by Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the key funding resource in UK heritage conservation.

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‘Thatch conservation in a day’: Book now – 17 May, Peterborough

Conservation of Thatch 2017Another remarkable day of IHBC-recognised CPD on the ‘Conservation of Thatch’, is on offer on 17 May, in Peterborough, with costs supported by Historic England.

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Reminder: IHBC helps open CIOB/NT conference: ‘Successful Operation of Historic Building’, London 3 May

IHBC director, Sean O’Reilly will join in opening this joint CIOB/National Trust conference and the IHBC will host a stand at this one day event which focuses on ‘the key tools to ensure the successful operation of historic buildings.’

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IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR pick’ of the week: Torfaen CBC’s ‘on-site survey of scheduled structures /buildings’, valued @ £15,000 & closing 15 May

The IHBC’s heritage business listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly Bulletins that bring tender and other business opportunities together into one handy resource, and the Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week features a call from Torfaen County Borough Council (CBC) for on-site surveys of three scheduled structures /buildings, closing 15 May and valued at £15,000.

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IHBC welcomes HE’s New Director of Planning: Ian Morrison

The IHBC has welcomed the news that Ian Morrison, Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund is to be Historic England’s (HE’s) next Director of Planning and will lead the heritage body’s Planning staff across nine regional offices at a critical time for the nation’s historic environment.

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Crispin Truman leaves CCT to head CPRE

Church interiorCrispin Truman, Chief Executive of The Churches Conservation Trust, is to vacate his post there at the end of July to take up the position of CEO of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). Continue reading

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Archbishops set up Cathedrals Working Group

Worcester CathedralThe Archbishops of Canterbury and York have set up a Cathedrals Working Group, CWG, in response to a recent call for a revision of the adequacy of the current Cathedrals Measure.

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Court rules Kensington ‘candy-cane’ house stripes can stay

A woman who decorated her London townhouse with red and white stripes can ignore a council order to repaint it, the High Court has ruled.

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BEFS: Financing the Historic Environment presentations online

BEFS website 280417Insightful and colourful presentations from a range of speakers who contributed to a two-day BEFS conference in Glasgow are now available online.

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A warning for cultural WHSs? Almost half natural WHSs threatened by illegal trade, says WWF

WWF Global website 280417Many World Heritage Sites (WHSs) inscribed for their cultural values face pressures, but the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) points out that nearly half the natural WHSs are at risk from the same kinds of industry that can threaten cultural sites, ‘including oil and gas exploration, mining and illegal logging’, as the WWF says: ‘114 natural and mixed World Heritage sites out of 229 either have oil, gas or mining concessions overlapping them or are under threat from at least one other harmful industrial activity.’

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CCT: Lead Theft at St John the Baptist, Inglesham, Wiltshire

CCT website 280417The Churches Conservation Trust has announced that on Tuesday 11th April they discovered that the lead roof covering had been stolen from Inglesham church.

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UK’s most picturesque streets revealed… by National Express

National Express website 280417The Shambles, York’s famous fourteenth century market road, has been named Britain’s prettiest street following a survey by National Express Group.

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IHBC welcomes HE’s ‘Heritage Crime Guidance for Sentencers’ update

The IHBC has welcomed Historic England’s (HE) update of its Heritage Crime Guidance for Sentencers, which is designed to assist Judges, Magistrates and their legal advisers in determining the appropriate sentence for a heritage crime.

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Be a ‘Friend’ to the IHBC’s 2017 Manchester School and use your network to join ours, absolutely free! (Limited Offer)

Friends of the School 2017IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said: ‘This year the IHBC is offering a chance for sector organisations to have a free place on our School website as a ‘Friend’ of the School.  You can have a logo linking to your website on our dedicated ‘Friends of the School’ page in return for agreeing to raise the School’s profile across your networks.’

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RTPI on Industrial Strategy: Misses links to housing, environment and climate change

RTPI website 230417The RTPI has outlined its response to the UK Government’s ‘Industrial Strategy’ saying ‘it fails to link up with other government strategies such as housing and the environment’.

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Working update on diversity in the Historic Environment Sector: HEF and Heritage 2020

heritage 2020 websiteMembers of England’s lead link heritage grouping, the Historic Environment Forum (HEF) and the working groups of the linked initiative Heritage 2020 recently came together to discuss diversity in the historic environment sector.

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Residents in luxury Southbank flats sue Tate Modern over ‘nosy tourists peering into windows from balcony’

Wealthy residents living in the Neo Bankside flats along London’s Southbank are suing the Tate Modern over its public balcony which allows gallery-goers to look straight into their luxury apartments.

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London pub numbers drop 25%, as Mayor seeks to halt decline: Ideas welcome via SPG ‘Night-time Economy’ consultation

Mayor of London website April 2017London Mayor Sadiq Khan has released new figures, which he branded as ‘shocking’, revealing that London has lost 1,220 pubs since 2001 – an average of 81 closures a year, and seeks suggestions linked to a consultation on ‘Culture and the night time economy’ Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) which ends on 31 May 2017.

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EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2017: winners announced on 5 April 2017 include two UK winners

The European Commission and Europa Nostra revealed the winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the heritage field including two from the UK Cromford Mills Building,Derbyshire, and Samphire Maritime Project in western Scotland.

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Guardian features economic opportunities for historic swimming pools

The Guardian has published a headline feature exploring how events organised as part of a funding drive for Manchester’s Victoria Baths, which sold out quicker than Glastonbury, is the latest in a long line of projects to restore historic swimming pools.

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