IHBC welcomes HE’s Stopping the Rot, edition 2!

The IHBC has warmly welcomed the publication of a second edition of the revised ‘Stopping the Rot’ guidance on how to tackle at risk buildings, prepared and co-authored by IHBC Projects Officer Fiona Newton.

Fiona said: ‘We welcome the retention and refreshment by Historic England of the Stopping the Rot guidance produced with the IHBC.’

‘The guidance contains step-by-step advice on using the legislation to tackle buildings at risk, not only Urgent Works Notices & Repairs Notices but other options for action such as Section 215 Notices and the Housing Act. But it also contains case studies, specimen letters, notices, schedules and agreements which were additions frequently requested during our original consultation with conservation officers.’

Historic England writes:
Keeping historic buildings in good repair and, where possible, in use, is the key to their preservation. Owners of listed buildings are under no statutory obligation to maintain their property in a good state of repair, although it is in their interests to do so. Local authorities can, however, take action to secure repair when it becomes evident that a building is being allowed to deteriorate.

Urgent Works Notices, Repairs Notices and Section 215 Notices can be very effective tools to help secure the preservation of historic buildings.

This guidance, is designed to help local authorities make effective use of these powers. It provides step-by-step advice on the use of the main procedures and includes case studies and a selection of specimen letters, notices, schedules and agreements.

Samples are available to download for local authorities wishing to edit them for their own use.

For a free download and to explore related resources see the Historic England website

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EU Prize for cultural heritage- Europa Nostra Special Mentions

Two projects within the UK have been recognised with special mentions as part of the Europa Nostra awards; St. Giles House in Wimborne St. Giles and ‘Reconnecting with the past for a better future’ in Pwllheli, Gwynedd,

Europa Nostra writes:
The Special Mentions of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2016 were made public today by Europa Nostra and the European Commission. This year, the Awards Juries granted Special Mentions to 14 heritage achievements from nine European countries taking part in the EU Creative Europe programme. The Special Mentions are given to outstanding contributions to the conservation and enhancement of heritage which are particularly appreciated by the Juries but which were not included in the final selection to receive an Award.

The Awards Juries accorded Special Mentions to three achievements from Spain, the host country of the European Heritage Congress 2016: in the category Research, the publication ‘The hydraulic heritage of the province of Alicante’; and in the category Dedicated Service, Mr. Ramón Mayo Fernández and Valencia’s Cathedral bell-ringers. The Special Mention recipients from Spain will be presented with the certificates by the Juries Chairpersons during the European Heritage Awards Ceremony on the evening of 24 May at the Zarzuela Theatre in Madrid. 

  • Giles House Wimborne St. Giles, UNITED KINGDOM (Category Conservation)-
    ‘The personal commitment of the owner to saving the house, bringing it back to life and protecting it from complete dereliction make for an outstanding contribution to the conservation and enhancement of heritage.’
  • Wales – Reconnecting with the past for a better future, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, UNITED KINGDOM (Category Education, Training, and Awareness-Raising)-
    ‘The holistic vision for preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the Llyn Peninsula marks this project as an important contribution to heritage enhancement in Wales.’

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CV asks: Do you know of an MP or Peer with an interest in heritage?

Civic Voice (CV) has welcomed a new member to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Civic Societies this week, and are asking members of the public to consider writing to their MP or a Peer to become a member. 

Civic Voice writes:
We are delighted to announce that Anne Marie Morris MP has become a member of the APPG for Civic Societies.  Ms Morris is Conservative MP for Newton Abbot.

If you know of an MP or Peer that has an interest in the matters the APPG for Civic Societies discusses, ask them to sign up. You can reach House of Lords representatives in the same way you can reach MPs. They are contactable via email, telephone or letter.  The APPG for Civic Societies will have more influence in Parliament with more MPs and Peers in it, so keep asking them to join so we can keep getting your voice heard on a national level!

You can see all of the MPs and Peers who are on the APPG on the Civic Voice website

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NI Planning Consultation on PD

The Department of the Environment Northern Ireland (DoENI) is consulting on proposed permitted development (PD) rights for a range of regulations, inviting comment on solar photovoltaics, shops and financial services, electric vehiclecharging and communications developments, with comments closing on 30 May. 

DoENI writes:
The Department of the Environment has today issued a consultation paper on a range of proposals in relation to permitted development rights for:

  • Development by Electronic Communications Code Operators;
  • Non-Domestic Roof Mounted Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels
  • Shops, Financial and Professional Services Establishments; and
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Points.

The Department is continuing its review of permitted development rights in light of its approach to better regulation. This is intended to provide a considered balance between lightening the regulatory burden on businesses and individuals (and reducing any associated costs) and protecting the environment, amenity and public safety.

You are invited to send your views on this consultation document. Comments should reflect the structure of the document as far as possible with references to question numbers and paragraph numbers where relevant. Comments on the Equality Impact Assessment Screening document and Preliminary Regulatory Impact Assessment which are contained in the paper are also welcome.

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Pub Design Award Winners Announced

The Historic England, Victorian Society and Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) pub design award winners have been announced, including the conservation award, the Grade II listed Dun Cow in Sunderland won two awards and works at pubs in Keswick, Ilfracombe and Brighton were also recognised.

Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) writes:
The Dun Cow in Sunderland’s city centre scooped two awards in the National Pub Design Awards 2015 announced today, which are run by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in association with Historic England and the Victorian Society.

It was crowned the winner in both the Refurbishment and Conservation categories, while The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas at Keswick was the best Conversion to Pub Use. The Admiral Collingwood in Ilfracombe was the New Build winner and The Bevy at  Bevendean, Brighton was accredited with a special award for work by the local community.

Author of the Judges Report, Professor Steven Parissien, said: ‘CAMRA has been at the forefront of initiatives to protect our best pubs from demolition or inappropriate conversion. Now the latest Pub Design Award winners show that there’s lots of life left in this much-loved national treasure. These awards boast the most diverse and inspirational range of pub buildings we’ve judged in the history of the competition.’

The Dun Cow is a Grade II-listed building, built as a gin palace in 1901, which has been rejuvenated and restored to its former grandeur as part of a new cultural quarter for Sunderland. Its new owner, the Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust, brought in Camerons Brewery to reopen the pub as one of its managed houses. Fine Edwardian features have been superbly conserved as part of a £300,000 restoration, and its copper-domed tower is a powerful symbol of Sunderland’s rebirth.

The sandstone exterior has been treated in an exemplary manner, while the interior – with its outstanding woodwork (including the stunningly ornate backbar), impressive plaster ceiling and wonderful stained and etched glass – has been painstakingly returned to its Edwardian magnificence.

Professor Parissien added: ‘All the winners show that good, sympathetic design makes commercial as well as aesthetic sense. They also demonstrate how fabulous pubs can be used as the engines of regeneration for communities and causes. They remind us that the British pub is so much more than somewhere to have a pint: it is the beating heart of our neighbourhood, a place that defines our identity and locality, an agent for relaxation, renewal and revitalisation.’

The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Keswick’s award for Conversion to Pub Use came about after it was one of the town’s major architectural headaches. Formerly Keswick’s Magistrates Court and Police Station, this handsome if predictably austere listed landmark was empty for many years. Now it has been saved by Wetherspoons and sensitively converted into a multi-room pub.

Another Wetherspoons pub, The Admiral Collingwood, on the seafront of Ilfracombe, took the New Build Award. Harrison Ince Architects have devised an uncompromisingly modern building where the glass dome offers urban presence, while the rest of the main elevation is understated yet sophisticated.  New artworks commissioned for the interior and a steel sculpture of a wave breaking reminds customers that they are, after all, on the town’s seafront.

Continuing the theme of urban renaissance, the Joe Goodwin award (in memory of a former chairman of CAMRA) goes to an outstanding community pub: The Bevy in Bevendean, Brighton. A 1930s pub in the middle of a Brighton council estate, it faced closure and conversion or demolition. In response, the locals got together and reinvented ‘The Bevy’, raising funds and carrying out much of the refurbishment work.

Winners list:

  • Refurbishment Award: The Dun Cow, Sunderland Architects: T.J. Design, Billingham, Cleveland TS22 5LY
  • CAMRA/Historic England Conservation Award: The Dun Cow, Sunderland Architects: T.J. Design, Billingham, Cleveland TS22 5LY
  • Conversion to Pub Use: The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Keswick Architects: Harrison Ince, Manchester M15 4PY
  • New Build Award: The Admiral Collingwood, Ilfracombe Architects: Harrison Ince, Manchester M15 4PY
  • Joe Goodwin Award: The Bevy, Bevendean, Brighton Architect: ABIR Architects, Hove BN3 2FX

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Call for Entries- The Building Awards

The 2016 UK Construction Building Awards are now open for entries, with 21 categories including refurbishment project of the year, woman of the year, contractor of the year and consultant of the year (closing date for entries is 17 June). 

The Building Awards writes:
The Building Awards has long been recognised as the most prestigious networking event in the built environment calendar.  The 22nd edition of the awards will take place on Tuesday 8 November and entries are invited across 21 categories – four of which are new for 2016.

Unparallelled for their recognition of excellence, the awards attract over 1,200 senior decision makers to the awards night – and 2016 will be no exception.

The categories for 2016 cover the breadth of the construction industry, allowing companies across all aspects of building to have their achievements held up as an example to the sector. Whether it’s the latest BIM initiative, stunning small project, or the year’s most exemplary housebuilder, there are achievements for everyone to celebrate. 

The 2016 categories are…

  • Construction Consultant/Surveyor of the Year (fewer than 100 staff)
  • Construction Consultant/Surveyor of the Year  (100 staff or over)
  • Architectural Practice of the Yearsponsored by Comar
  • Engineering Consultant of the Year
  • Contractor of the Year (up to £300m) sponsored by Kawneer 
  • Major Contractor of the Year (over £300m)
  • Housing Project of the Year
  • Product Innovation of the Year– new
  • Housebuilder of the Year sponsored by AluK  
  • Specialist Contractor of the Year sponsored by Lakesmere  
  • Building Magazine Project of the Yearsponsored by Schueco   
  • Small Project of the Year (up to £5m)
  • International Project of the Yearsponsored by Gowling WLG
  • Refurbishment Project of the Year– new
  • Skills Initiative of the Year– new
  • Sustainable Project of the Year
  • BIM Initiative of the Year sponsored by Asite
  • Building Magazine Woman of the Yearsponsored by AECOM  

Nominations are invited for:

  • Construction Client of the Year
  • Building Magazine Personality of the Year sponsored by Hays 

Look out for news on:

  • CEO’s CEO of the Year– new

It’s free to register and start your entry – do it today!

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Public sector land: 6% of England and Wales

A new report by Telereal Trillium and Savills research shows that the public sector owns 6% of all land in England and Wales. 

Telereal Trillium writes:
Newly released Land Registry data suggests that the public sector owns significantly more land than previously estimated. At least 900,000 hectares – 6 per cent of all land – in England and Wales is in public ownership according to a new report commissioned by Telereal Trillium, carried out by Savills research.

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Network Rail launches new property company to ‘maximise value’

Network Rail Property has been given more powers under a new initiative by Network Rail which is designed to ‘maximise the value of its estate’.

Network Rail writes:
Network Rail has given its specialist transport property business, Network Rail Property, greater independence by establishing it as a property company with its own board which will approve investments in Network Rail’s estate and make decisions about the disposal of property assets.

The new structure and governance arrangement will enable Network Rail to ramp up its property activities to help generate £1.8bn to fund the Railway Upgrade Plan by disposing of various assets. It will also provide greater focus on plans to deliver land for housing, while continuing to generate income from Network Rail’s other property assets to reinvest into the railway.

The creation of a property company with its own board will mean that Network Rail can focus on its core business of running a safe, reliable and growing railway while the property board can be given a clear mandate to accelerate the release of value from the property portfolio.

This new and significantly enhanced organisation went live on 1 April 2016 and is led by David Biggs in his role as managing director of Network Rail Property. The new board will be chaired by Chris Gibb, a non-executive director of Network Rail since 2013, who has worked in the rail industry for more than 35 years.

A search has begun to identify two further non-executive directors with significant experience in the commercial and residential property market and in leading complex property disposal and acquisition transactions.

David Biggs, managing director of Network Rail Property, said: ‘A bigger and better railway requires significant investment and Network Rail is generating an extra £1.8bn to help fund the Railway Upgrade Plan, mostly through the sale of property assets where continued Network Rail ownership is not essential to running the railway. This means Network Rail can focus on its core business of running a safe, reliable and growing railway that is vital to Britain’s economic health.

‘Our new property company will have greater powers to unlock land for homes, drive economic growth in towns and cities and reinvest money into the rail network to help fund the Railway Upgrade Plan. It will mean that investment or asset disposal decisions can be made at the right level within the organisation in a timely way while ensuring appropriate oversight is in place.’

This decision follows earlier announcements that Network Rail will generate an extra £1.8bn to help fund the Railway Upgrade Plan. The majority of this money is expected to come from the sale of property assets where continued Network Rail ownership is not essential to running the railway, allowing Network Rail to focus on its core business of running a safe, reliable and growing railway.

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Kier Living launch £1 billion Housing Delivery Fund

A £1bn housing delivery fund (The New Communities Partnership) has been launched this week by Kier Living, designed to assist the public sector in constructing new homes.

Kier writes:
A unique £1bn housing delivery fund has been launched today (03 May) by Kier Living, The Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund (managed by UK-based investment manager Cheyne Capital) & The Housing Growth Partnership (a joint venture between the HCA and Lloyds Banking Group) with ambitions to help the public sector to build 10,000 new homes across the UK.

The New Communities Partnership (‘the Partnership’), a unique public-private alliance supported by the HCA, will provide local authorities and housing associations with an innovative delivery model for building new homes on their own land, giving them the option to choose between sale and/or rental developments, and offers significant scope for affordable development.

Working with the Partnership, public sector organisations will be able to determine the appropriate mix of tenure for their site, including rental homes and homes for sale, in a model designed to meet the needs of their specific communities, without the need for grant funding. Homes available for rent will include discounted and market-rent solutions to address housing challenges faced by key workers, the disabled and the elderly, while homes to be built for sale will include discounted sale units to help first time buyers get on the housing ladder. It will also provide public sector clients with potential scope to derive a revenue income from their land, whilst developing in a socially responsible way that will offer local apprenticeships, wider employment and sustainable, economic benefits for communities.

The collective expertise of the partners spans the lifecycle of home building, offering an end-to-end development solution that includes procurement, funding, site assembly, construction, sales, management and maintenance, tailored to be as comprehensive or as focussed as each public sector client needs.

With traditional developments only having delivered an average of 11% of affordable housing over the past 3 years , the partnership will provide a differentiated model that will increase significantly the amount of affordable homes built, with scope for up to 50% of each site to offer affordable development opportunities.

The New Communities Partnership is founded on five key principles:

  • Growth: to address a key economic and social issue, the acute shortage of housing across the united kingdom
  • Collaboration: to partner with the public sector to build sustainable, inclusive communities where local economies and families can thrive, and which support local job creation
  • Affordability: to deliver more affordable, practical homes than conventional developments can provide
  • Responsibility: to reinvest a proportion of partnership profits in associated initiatives supporting youth, architecture, innovation and the environment
  • Expertise: to capitalise on the market leading construction and financial skills of kier group plc, cheyne capital and the housing growth partnership

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking will provide banking services and financing solutions to the Partnership 

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Another exciting step for IHBC’s ‘Council+’: National committee ‘taster sessions’ in Derby, and with more to come







On Tuesday 3 May the IHBC hosted its third Council+ day, part of the wider programme to engage more, new, younger or early career members in the strategic development of the organization, this time with ‘break out’ sessions offering case-study ‘tasters’ of national committee deliberations on real-life issues, from Historic England apprenticeship plans to ‘how we get Tom in Orkney to join us digitally in Derby Roundhouse breakout sessions’. 

Members will be glad to know that we managed to get some answers anyway, and these will help inform more formal committee meetings, while over the next weeks we’ll be posting summaries of the breakout discussions via the NewsBlogs, so keep up to date here, as ‘knowing helps doing’!

Mike Brown, IHBC Chair, said ‘Once again it was a great pleasure to chair Council+ and hear at first hand the views and comments from our diverse members and delegates here.  This input is of huge value in ensuring that elected Trustees and our Corporate Plan continue to reflect the priorities and concerns of the full spectrum of our membership and their wide-ranging professional and personal interests and priorities.’

‘This was the third Council + since they were introduced by the IHBC+ ‘experimental evolution’ of 2015 and they go from strength to strength.  The members made it clear they wanted a more democratic and transparent organisation and one that it was easier to participate in.  I believe we have taken great strides towards those goals and I simply ask members to keep up the pressure and get involved in the running of your institute.  A very good day’.

IHBC President David McDonald: ‘It was good to see that the third Council+ meeting was so well attended, and a pleasure for me to re-visit Derby’s dramatic listed Roundhouse. I’m always impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of our volunteers. This meeting was no exception, and I left it not only with the reassurance that the IHBC is going from strength-to-strength but with also refreshed with new ideas for the future’.

Fiona Newton said: ‘The afternoon sessions provided our Council+ members with a chance to experience the business of IHBC committees in a series of mini meetings.  Just a taster but hopefully it shows how much work our committees do and will encourage participation on committees.  Certainly people seemed to find it interesting and some really good discussions and suggestions came up in the relatively short time available.’

Carla Pianese, IHBC’s Support Officer said: ‘This was my first Council+ meeting and I found it fascinating, and a great opportunity to meet more of our busy volunteers and see you all in action.’

‘I’d like to thank delegates for taking the time out to come along – in my job I know only too well just how tiring travelling can be – while I know all who were able make it to Derby felt it was more than worth the effort.

‘So thanks and well done to all, and if I’ve not had a chance to meet you there, I do hope to catch up soon as part of my travels supporting our Branches and volunteers’.

Some early random feedback from delegates includes the following comments, which will be detailed in our full feedback report:

  • It was very useful to hear what other IHBC Council + members are concerned about
  • This is a very healthy and mature approach – to be applauded!
  • I think it is good to be involved and to be able to voice your opinions, concerns and interests to help shape the action of the institute
  • This opportunity has given me a new insight into how IHBC works and what I can do to contribute more in the future
  • I particularly thought it was a great way to learn about the different Committees; hopefully I can share this enthusiasm with other members
  • Each time I learn a little more about process and people
  • The participatory format with small groups fosters a sense of engagement where everyone can contribute

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IHBC seeks consultations consultant: Closing 6 June!

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is commissioning consultancy services to carry out its current consultation function with submissions to be received by email before 5pm on Monday 6 June

The appointed consultant will work with the Institute’s Policy Committee and email based Consultations Panel. The consultant will take guidance from and liaise with lead officers and the National Office staff of the IHBC.

The role of the consultation consultant is to monitor, communicate, and, as appropriate, co-ordinate, formulate and archive (online) responses to issues and formal consultations from government departments and other international, national and regional bodies relevant to the institute’s work. A key objective is to keep such bodies aware of how we can help, the importance of our advice and how best to maintain and enhance the historic environment.

The work will be on-going but will almost always be conducted to a tight programme, which will on occasion require the appointed consultant to act upon consultations at short notice.

The work will commence as soon as possible and the current contract will last for 12 months from the date of appointment when the contract will be reviewed.

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Young professionals win support for ‘High Five Heritage’ campaign @ TUC

Fair pay, health and safety training, student funding, defending the BBC against cuts and recruitment and organising were among key topics debated at the TUC young workers’ conference in April, and included support for Prospect’s recent “High Five Heritage” social media campaign.

Prospect writes:
The conference, in London on 9-10 April, was attended by 90 delegates from 21 different unions. Prospect’s four delegates were Debbie Stringer (Sellafield); Elinor Harrison (EDF Energy); Abigail Rumsey (CABI); and Adam Rourke (Cavendish Nuclear).

Prospect’s motion on heritage sector funding was moved by Debbie Stringer, and called on the TUC to:

  • continue to support and prioritise union campaigns in the heritage sector, such as Prospect’s recent “High Five Heritage” social media campaign
  • highlight the continued low pay, short termism and underfunding in the sector
  • promote the value of investing in our heritage.

Conference passed the motion, which was supported by speakers from BECTU and PCS.

Delegates voted to send a motion on fair pay for young workers to the TUC conference in September.

They also chose two campaigns for the TUC young workers’ forum to focus on in 2016-17:

  • young workers’ pay and living standards
  • education, skills and access to culture.

Prospect members aged 30 and under are encouraged to get involved with the union’s young professionals’ network. Please get in touch by emailing YPN@prospect.org.uk

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Heritage is a priority area for AHRC research

Research Councils have published their Delivery Plans for the period 2016-2020, and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) views heritage as one of its three priority areas, stressing the importance of partnerships across the heritage and research sectors and increasing its funding for heritage tourism.  Housing is seen as a priority in the ESRC plan.

Page 5 of the AHRC report states:
New international initiatives in Heritage, following the success of the EU Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage under Horizon 2020, will secure the UK’s place at the cutting edge of this dynamic multidisciplinary field. There is clear potential to connect Heritage with the new Global Challenges Research Fund (see section 3), with regard, for example, to the protection of cultural heritage from the consequences of conflict (Palmyra provides a salutary reminder of the potential for new digital technologies to record archaeological treasures), the sustainability of heritage in the face of urbanisation and climate change, or the role of heritage in helping societies confront difficult and divided pasts.

Page 4 of the ESRC report states:
Housing – the supply, accessibility and affordability of housing influences the wider economy, the financial system and the wellbeing of citizens. The quality, tenure, price and location of homes all have implications for other outcomes including: shelter, wealth, health and education. We have identified a clear gap in the translation of research to provide robust evidence to inform housing policy and practice across the UK. The ESRC will add real value by working with a range of partners to bring this research together to generate a better and more comprehensive understanding of the complex housing market and policy environment

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Sheffield tree-felling judicial review fails

A challenge which was mounted by residents against a programme of works in which Sheffield Council undertook tree felling works has been lost, following a judicial review of the Streets Ahead project contract.

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The Demographics of Participation: ‘Taking Part’

England’s figures on ‘Taking Part’ in sport and cultural activities have been gathered since 2005, and the current report looks at longitudinal work where the same individuals are re-interviewed annually, helping identify trends in attitudes to and participation around heritage, arts, libraries, museums and sport. 

The report indicates that just under three quarters of adults in England visited a heritage site in the last year. 

The report summary states:
Nearly nine in ten (88%) respondents reported visiting a heritage site at least once over the three interviews; There was a strong core of Consistent heritage site visitors. More than half of respondents (54%) reported visiting heritage sites at least once in the previous 12 months at all three interviews; However, there were more respondents leaving the heritage sector than coming into it. 10% of respondents were classified as New visitors, while 14% were Former visitors, leading to an overall lower level of participation in the longitudinal sample by the third interview; In addition, respondents were visiting heritage sites less frequently by interview 3 than at interview 1. Around a third of respondents were visiting heritage sites less often by interview 3 (32%, consisting of 18% visiting at a lower frequency and 14% no longer visiting at all), while a quarter were visiting more often (24%, consisting of 14% visiting at a higher frequency and 10% reporting a visit for the first time).

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Garden village mooted for abandoned Yorkshire golf course

The Planning Portal reports that proposals to transform an abandoned golf course in North Yorkshire into a new ’garden village’ have been unveiled as developer Flaxby Park Ltd – a company set up by businesswoman Ann Gloag, co-founder of transport giant Stagecoach and regeneration experts Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner – has reached agreement to purchase the site of the former Flaxby Golf Course near Harrogate.

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