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IHBC’s South Branch CPD nudge for Oxford, 26 Oct: Secretary of State at RIBA Stirling Prize ceremony echoes Gehry’s ‘Yearning for timelessness’

Secretary of State Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, making an address at the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize award ceremony, explored his perception of the role of the architect in creating a legacy, providing inspiration for future generations, … Continue reading

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IHBC welcomes Yale’s Hampshire South Pevsner – and looks forward to CPD partnership for 2019 Nottingham School: 4-6 July 2019

The IHBC has welcomed the launch of Yale University Press’s (Yale UP) Hampshire South Pevsner – at the county’s Beaulieu on 9 October – and looks forward to extending its CPD partnership with the Yale as the Pevsner publisher for … Continue reading

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IHBC North Branch celebrates success in Engineering CPD event – IHBC’s ‘Professional’ and ‘Intervention’ Areas of Competence

The day-long exploration of ‘Structural repair of historic buildings’, by the IHBC North Branch and partners, and led by Ian Hume, former Head of Conservation Engineering at English Heritage, held in Carlisle on 4 October last, was a big success, … Continue reading

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See IHBC stand and chair at the Civic Voice conference, Birmingham, 19-20 Oct, while asking: ‘How can we balance conservation and regeneration?’

Alongside co-sponsoring, the IHBC will host a stand and provide a lead speaker – IHBC Chair James Caird – as the IHBC once again joins Civic Voice’s national conference – this time to help answer ‘How we can balance conservation and … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘heritage from the doorstep’: Nando’s plans to replace historic East London library with restaurant blasted as an ‘abomination’

The Standard has highlighted civic concerns about how Grade II listed Canning former public library in London’s East End – that hosted political speakers such as Keir Hardie and Sylvia Pankhurst , and gave birth to one of Britain’s biggest … Continue reading

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Reminder: COTAC Trustees sought – Notes of interest by 15 November 2018

COTAC, the Council on Training in Architectural Conservation, seeks trustees to work alongside COTAC’s newly appointed Honorary Secretary, Michael Netter, and Honorary Treasurer John Copping, with a closing date of 15 November for receipt of notes of interest, CV and … Continue reading

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RTPI: Let councils raise fees to cover planning admin costs

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has reiterated to HM Treasury ahead of the Autumn Budget that local authorities in England should be allowed to raise planning fees to cover the entire costs of the planning application function, if they … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Young Placechangers Ideas Fund opens for applications

From 11 October 2018 young people and youth groups in Scotland can apply to the Young Placechangers Ideas Fund for Seedcorn grants (up to £500) and larger Ideas Fund grants (up to £3000).

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Big Lottery Fund: UK’s largest community funder to change name

The Big Lottery Fund, has announced that it will be changing its name in the new year, as the UK’s largest community funder, which distributes 40% of the good cause money raised by National Lottery players, will from 30th January … Continue reading

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Scotland’s communities feel ‘locked out’ out by landscape policy, according to major new research

Major new research into Scottish landscape conservation policies – entitled Community Empowerment and Landscape – has found that communities are being excluded from participating in development decisions that affect the areas they live in, with the ‘participation deficit’ in part … Continue reading

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Planning consultancy win appeal against conviction for wilfully obstructing a council officer in the course of their work.

Smart Planning was found guilty by North Essex Magistrates in November 2017 of wilful obstruction “by the act of another”, its employee Paul Clarke, of an officer acting in the exercise of a right of entry contrary to s.88B(3) of … Continue reading

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SPAB Scholarship and Fellowship applications for 2019 open: Apply prior to 1 December

Architects, surveyors, engineers, craftspeople looking for an immersive hands-on-learning experience may apply for Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) 2019 Scholarships or Fellowships prior to December 1.

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Tombstone footpath a ‘grave error’ at St Mary’s Clophill Church

St Mary’s Church in Clophill, Bedfordshire, has been accused by local community members of making a ‘grave error’ by using ancient tombstones as a footpath.

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Last chance to book IHBC NW Branch CPD: ‘The Work of Faith’ conference & Taylor Review Pilot update – and why you need to be in Liverpool on 18 October!

This is the last chance to BOOK the IHBC’s North West (NW) Branch conference, on ‘The Work of Faith – in Liverpool on 18 October – which focuses on ‘the many challenges faced by historic places of worship’, inspired by … Continue reading

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IHBC South Branch on ‘Yearning for Timelessness…’: New architecture in historic settings, in talks and visits in Oxford, 26 Oct

IHBC’s South Branch conference on October 26 will look at ‘Modern architecture in historic settings’ with expert talks and site visits offering top-notch CPD with exceptional settings at the IHBC’s familiar value that includes: a specialist tour of Keble Triangle … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Practice’ update: Lincolnshire local authority’s ‘national first’ offers a new approach to Conservation Area controls – 2 Article 4s and an LDO combined

East Lindsey District Council has approved the adoption of a national first in modern conservation planning control, combining two Article 4 Directions with a Local Development Order (LDO). image: ‘Quality, Character and Townscape’ by Fiona Newton

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Topical CPD focusing on curtilage: An afternoon with Dr. Charles Mynors in Lincoln – Friday 9 Nov

The East Midlands Branch of the IHBC will be hosting an afternoon with Charles Mynors, the leading authority on heritage law, on Friday 9 November in the Lincoln City Council Chamber.

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IHBC’s ‘VAT reminder’, as critical 10k of signatures near: Sign the LPOC’s petition to the Chancellor if you agree with the IHBC, that ‘…it is perverse that repairs should be subject to VAT when new development is not’

The IHBC is calling for signatories to the Listed Property Owners Club (LPOC) petition to the Chancellor for reduced VAT on select listed building (LB) works, with the IHBC’s Chair stating that ‘it is perverse that repairs should be subject … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘heritage from the doorstep’: Wolverhampton’s iconic Royal Hospital to lose nurses home as costs mean heritage-friendly conversion options not ‘viable’… says Homes England

Wolverhampton’s historic Royal Hospital is a step closer to being converted under a £25 million project, according to a report in Express and Star News, but Homes England said ‘the costs involved with converting the nurses’ home into flats’, as … Continue reading

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IHBC’s HESPR top pick from £205K+ costed work this week: Braintree DC seeks Conservation Area Appraisals – closing 26/10, valued £10-25,000

The IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts’, with the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers from the issue this week featuring a call from … Continue reading

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BEFS seeks new Chair: Deadline 22 Oct

The current Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) Chair, Dr Graeme Purves, is stepping down at the next AGM in December, and BEFS is inviting expressions of interest from potential candidates for the role, with a deadline of 22 October.

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What is England’s favourite conservation area? Civic Voice seeks shortlist votes on ‘are examples of great placemaking’ – closing 16 Oct!

Civic Voice’s shortlist of nominations for its ‘England’s Favourite Conservation Area’ award is open for votes, but closes on 16 October, and even if you don’t live in a nominated Area, you can vote now to show your support for … Continue reading

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SAVE wins landmark judgement against the Secretary of State on giving reasons for call-in decisions

Following a challenge by SAVE, the Court of Appeal ruled on 4 October 2018 that ministers must abide by a published government policy and give reasons for call-in decisions on planning applications, which includes planning applications that were not called … Continue reading

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Scotland’s ‘FutureTown Design Competition’ open for applications; closing 31 Oct

Scotland’s ‘FutureTown Design Competition’ is open for applications, inviting both individuals and organisations to submit innovative ideas for positive change in their town or city neighbourhood, and closes 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018!

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Thieves steal Houghton Conquest Grade 1 listed church’s lead roof

‘Audacious’ thieves have stolen an entire lead roof from a Grade I-listed church All Saint’s Houghton Conquest Bedfordshire.

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