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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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HLF/ NHMF seeks ‘Trustee’ for Scotland: Closing 24/10

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) / National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) seeks a ‘Trustee’ for Scotland, closing 24 October, 12.00.

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NI’s UAH Bake a Building -The Big Building Bake Off 2018: 29 Oct

Ulster Architectural Heritage (UAH) and Food NI invite you to BAKE A BUILDING for the Big Building Bake Off at St. George’s Market, 29 October 12-3pm.

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IHBC’s ‘Belfast School’ Context now out: ‘Our shared heritage’, with thanks to all, including Main School Sponsor and HESPR member ‘Heritage Collective’

The latest issue of the IHBC’s membership journal Context is now out, reporting on the IHBC’s 2018 Annual School, Belfast – themed on ‘Our shared heritage’ and with reviews coordinated by Tom Copp – and including the usual plethora of … Continue reading

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IHBC Members Eletter – latest now out! Let us know if you are missing yours!

All IHBC members should have received their digital Members Eletter update, for September, while as many spam filters have been adjusted lately, if you are missing yours please do let us know!

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Planners back bid to demolish parts of historic Aberdeen landmark

Planners have recommended flattening a historic Aberdeen landmark to make way for a £100 million ‘urban village’, reports The Evening Express, as Broadford Works, which was once home to the largest collection of category A-listed buildings at risk in Scotland, … Continue reading

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New government investment aimed at overcoming barriers to building in England

Government has established investment to tackle issues on potential housing sites and get homes built in parts of England where they may be most needed, as 2 streams of investment – the Land Assembly Fund and the Small Sites Fund … Continue reading

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More Clore: HE offers 3 residential bursaries – Feb to June 2019 – closing 29 October

Bursaries supported by Historic England are available for heritage sector professionals in England on three residential Clore leadership courses taking place between February and June 2019, with applications closing noon, Monday 29 October.

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SAVE on a ‘Brave Challenge’ by Manchester Civic Society, rejected by High Court Judge

The legal challenge by Manchester Civic Society to a proposed 40-storey tower overwhelming Manchester’s civic centre has been rejected by a High Court judge.

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UK Government guidance on closing your high street for a community event

Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) launches Guidance on closing your high street for a community event allowing communities to come together to celebrate their place to promote acknowledgment of vibrant and sustainable high streets and town centres.

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England’s youngest Civic Society chair elected to Birmingham Civic Society

26 year old Amelia Ladbrooke has been elected as the chair of Birmingham Civic Society, and is the youngest ever Civic Society chair in England.

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England’s ‘Taking Part Surveys’: Statistical releases for 2017/2018

England’s Taking Part Surveys recently published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) provide reliable national estimates of engagement with the arts, heritage, museums and libraries, with this the Department’s first publication reporting on the barriers to … Continue reading

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ECO3 Consultation update: Outcome & Green Deal Reform responses now out

The Energy Company Obligation: ECO3, 2018 to 2022 Consultation outcome is now available to download, with the summary of responses to the call for evidence on the reform of the Green Deal Framework also issued. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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