IHBC launches consultation on draft new constitutional ‘Articles’: First responses encouraged by end Feb and after

The IHBC has launched its membership consultation on a revised draft set of ‘Articles of Association’ to serve as the new constitutional framework for the institute in line with our ‘Proposal for future Governance…’, as approved at the 2019 AGM, which includes a formal Briefing Note, with individual responses encouraged by 29/02 and Branch or collective responses by 20/03.

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IHBC members with benefits: Subsidies for HE’s roofing ‘Repair and conservation…’, 03 March, London

A major one-day conference from Historic England (HE) on its latest technical research into the deterioration and conservation of traditional roof coverings will take place in London on 3 March with booking closing 26 February, while the IHBC is offering £50 subsidies to members in need, so simply email your application and statement of need to Lydia Porter at admin@ibc.org.uk.

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IHBC welcomes report on new housing in England: Design overwhelmingly ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’… but conservation specialists CAN help!

The IHBC has welcomed a new audit on new housing design in England, noting conclusions about overwhelmingly ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’ standards, and how less-affluent communities remain the worst affected, but highlighting the potential for conservation professionals to help improve.

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REMINDER – IHBC’s ‘Members with benefits’: FREE CPD at London’s LPOC Property Show, Olympia, 8-9 Feb

The IHBC is continuing its CPD partnering with the Listed Property Owners Club (LPOC) into 2020 with free places for members and an IHBC stand on offer at the London Listed Property Show, on 8-9 February in London’s Olympia.

IHBC’s ‘Members with benefits’: FREE CPD at London’s LPOC Property Show, Olympia,  8-9 Feb (TBC)

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £488K+ costed opportunities this week: Scottish authority seeks services for building redesign and restoration, valued £467K, closing 31/01/2020

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services working to the IHBC’s standards – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, and the IHBC Director’s top pick this week features the call from a Scottish body for service providers to deliver a building redesign and restoration project, closing 31 January and valued at £467K.

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LGA: Council chiefs call for permitted development right to be ‘scrapped’

house roofLocal authority leaders through The Local Government Association (LGA) have warned that communities are potentially losing out on thousands of affordable homes due to office conversions which bypass local planning offices.

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Scottish Government: Improving home energy efficiency consultation, closes 26 March

logoA Scottish Government consultation document makes proposals for a new, legally binding standard for home energy efficiency from 2024 onwards, with the consultation open until 26 March.

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DCMS Evaluation of the Taylor Review Pilot – Emerging Monitoring and Evaluation Evidence

Interim findings from the Taylor Review Pilot evaluation to help build a sustainable future for the UK’s historic places of worship are now out from the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

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Number of threatened ancient woodlands tops the thousand mark

treesThe number of ancient woods under threat in the UK from built development has topped the thousand mark for the first time since records began, the Woodland Trust has reported.

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Department store Beales collapses into administration

One of Britain’s oldest department stores, Beales, has collapsed into administration, putting more than 1,000 jobs at risk. Beales has appointed KPMG as administrators after failing to find a buyer or new investment for the business.

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Only one in 10 support ‘new towns’, study finds

Aerial view under UK gov open licence agreement 140417Just 10% of the UK population believes that the construction of new towns is the best way to tackle the UK housing crisis, according to a new report.

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MoD manager to lead Palace of Westminster refurbishment

Elizabeth Tower - parliament UK imageDavid Goldstone has been named chief executive of the?delivery authority that will act as client for the work to?restore?and renew?the Palace of Westminster.

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Earthshot Prize: William and Kate launch prize to ‘repair the Earth’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced a global prize to tackle climate issues, pledging ‘a decade of action to repair the Earths.

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IHBC’s Brighton 2020 School FIRST keynote: Carole Souter CBE, past HLF Chief Executive, lays the foundations for ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’, 19 June 2020

Carole Souter CBE will offer the first keynote presentation at the IHBC’s June 2020 Brighton School, themed on ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’, and lay the foundations for the Day School’s exploration of one of the most challenging topics today, the future of our towns and urban centres, at the Brighton Metropole Hotel, on 19 June 2020.

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Don’t forget the IHBC Marsh Awards for 2020: ‘Your new chance to nominate ‘retired IHBC members’ and/or ‘successful learners’ for our awards’, closing 29 Feb 2020

IHBC Marsh Awards websiteThe IHBC’s Marsh Awards, developed in partnership with the Marsh Christian Trust, offers two Awards – one celebrating civic contributions of retired IHBC members, and one for successful learning in heritage skills – with prizes that include £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s Brighton 2020 Annual School, so don’t forget to get your nomination in by 29 February 2020. Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’… and the edge: Rare bandstand saved after Historic England listing support

Calderdale Council had wanted to demolish a rare and local ‘theatre-type’ bandstand after the cost of refurbishing was put at £300,000, while ExaminerLive reports on how those plans changed following a successful application for listing was made to Historic England by the local community.

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IHBC’s CPD boost… out of Context: French new towns – history, heritage, appreciation…. and priorities!

In his article in the latest issue of Context, No 162, devoted to the heritage of New Towns, Frédéric Theulé explores France’s New Town developments, and issues a special plea that educational support is needed to understand new French towns.

image: Context 162, p18 – St Quentin en Yvelines, Frédéric Theulé (Translated by Callum Walker)

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HE Local Authority Strategic Framework Consultation Survey, closing 3 Feb

logoHistoric England has begun work on a Local Authority Strategic Framework (LASF), setting out priorities for engagement with local authorities  and is seeking feedback on the emerging framework though a survey of representives of local authorities.

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More looking ahead to #IHBCBrighton2020 and ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’: Further funding and expert support for England’s high streets

street sceneThe first 14 of 20 pilot areas to receive tailored expert support to assist in rejuvenating their town centres have been announced, offering updates on issues at the very heart of the IHBC’s June 2020 Brighton School, themed on ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’.

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Don’t forget: NCT Grants Programmes 2019-2023 open

The National Churches Trust (NCT) has three grant programmes currently inviting applications for funding, while in each case, grants will be awarded for up to 50% of the project cost.

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‘We do not accept that the planning system is broken’ – RTPI

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Chief Executive Victoria Hills has mounted a vigorous defence of the planning system recently, saying that planners are feeling the effects of years of government under-resourcing and meddling.

image: RTPI (l-r) Nicki Linihan, Peter Rees, Sam Stafford and Victoria Hills discuss the Raynsford Review for the 50 Shades of Planning podcast

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HE’s New ‘Technical Conservation Guidance’ brochure: Lists free-to-download guidance and reports

Historic England’s (HE) new ‘Technical Conservation Guidance’ brochure lists all current free-to-download technical conservation guidance and research reports, and also includes information on our series of Practical Building Conservation books and guides on building stone types.

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England’s County Councils Network (CCN) outlines post-election priorities, urging government ‘unleash the potential of counties’

Leaders of England’s largest councils, through the County Councils Network (CCN), have urged new ministers to ensure that their pledge to unleash the potential of the country does not ignore the needs of ‘left behind areas’ in shire counties.

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IHBC’s conservation in context: ‘How the scramble for sand is destroying the Mekong’

A crisis is engulfing the Mekong River, with its banks collapsing and half a million people at risk of losing their homes, all from ‘the quest for sand… the essential component for… particularly… cement’, generating calls that ‘Sand… be recognised as a strategic material, not just an endless supply.’

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IHBC Brighton 2020’s Day School ‘sneak preview’: Keynotes, themes, IHBC Spotlights, sponsors and more, to help you prep funding and bursary applications!

The IHBC’s June 2020 Brighton School conference, themed on ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’ and sponsored by HESPR member Heritage Collective, will explore one of the most challenging and exciting topics today, the current state and future prospects for our towns and urban centres, and NewsBlog readers are offered an early preview of the Day School, on 19 June, to help kickstart any funding or bursary applications.

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