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IHBC CPD boost, in Context, on ‘Lime and stone’: Reopening historic quarries to repair Exeter Cathedral

Even within environmentally sensitive areas planning permission to reopen historic building stone quarries is possible, as Emily Harper and Sue Penaluna explain in their article on the repair of Exeter Cathedral from IHBC’s membership journal Context, No. 154, themed on … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Planning Bill changes: A ‘point of no return’ for Scotland’s heritage says NTS

The National Trust for Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to save Scotland’s heritage by overhauling the planning system in forthcoming legislation.

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THA’s New Chair from December: Peter Ainsworth, currently Chair of Big Lottery Fund

The Heritage Alliance is delighted to announce that Peter Ainsworth has agreed to be our new Chair from December 2018.   image: Heritage Alliance website

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‘Subcontracting Growth Report’ – Now published

A report on the growth of subcontracting – ‘A study of UK subcontractors in 2018’ – has been published by Bibby Financial Services.

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British Council: Cultural Protection Fund closing round grants (up to £300k): Expressions of Interest deadline – 24/08

The Cultural Protection Fund has opened a one-off funding round for applications to deliver project activity between April-December 2019, with a deadline of 24 August 2018 for expressions of interest.

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Independent review of planning appeal inquiries: call for evidence, closing 18 September

The former Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced on 5 March 2018 that there would be an independent end-to-end review of the planning appeal inquiries process, and views are now sought in a call for evidence … Continue reading

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IHBC NewsBlog Branches Update: Branch & partner CPD & more, across the UK

Summertime is an ideal period for holidays and for planning future Autumn CPD events open to IHBC members and non-members, while our new NewsBlog resource means you can browse the wide range of Branch and partner CPD events on the IHBC … Continue reading

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IHBC’s free ‘MATE’ sessions – Supporting accreditation across HESPR members’ staff: Woodhall Conservation, Purcell and RSK

Kate Kendall, IHBC’s Learning Education, Training and Standards (LETS) Officer – and our lead on training for IHBC accreditation – has undertaken another three, well-received Membership Application Training Event (MATE) sessions – with members of the IHBC’s HESPR quality assurance … Continue reading

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IHBC welcome new HES INFORM series guide: Thatched Roofs

The IHBC has welcomed the latest publication in the heritage INFORM series, published by Historic Environment Scotland(HES), on thatched roofs.

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IHBC CPD boost AND checkup: Critical learning from DBW on ‘Rights to light’

Using references such as the RICS Rights of light: Practical guidance for chartered surveyors in England and Wales, Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host partner of the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – offers a briefing on ‘Rights to light’ that IHBC members … Continue reading

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RTPI: Proposal for post-Brexit environmental watchdog fundamentally flawed

The Government’s proposal for a post-Brexit environmental watchdog that only has jurisdiction for England is deeply flawed, says the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

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Council defeats High Court challenge by HE to Milton Keynes Council over historic railway yard development

Historic England (HE) has failed in a challenge to Milton Keynes Council over its decision to allow a development on part of a historic railway yard.

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World Heritage UK technical meeting report out: ‘Commercial Best Practice in World Heritage’

World Heritage UK held a technical meeting in March 2018 on the theme of ‘Commercial Best Practice in World Heritage’, and the report detailing the discussions and future actions is now available, and includes an appendix on visitor numbers and … Continue reading

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Planning Portal and Federation of Master Builders sign partnership agreement

The Planning Portal and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, signalling their intent to work more closely together for the benefit of their joint customers and members.

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French stones start to receive GI protection

French dimensional stone is starting to receive the EU geographical identification (GI) protection already extended to food and drink products such as Melton Mowbray pork pies and Champagne, as the granites of Bretagne have been joined by the limestone of … Continue reading

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Persimmon homeowners in Newquay warn would-be buyers with signs

Couple living on a new housing estate in Newquay, Cornwall put up signs in their windows urging potential buyers not to buy properties because Persimmon Homes, the developer, has not completed snagging work.

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IHBC welcomes PLACE Alliance & partners research: ‘Reviewing design review in London’

The IHBC has welcomed a new study by PLACE Alliance and partners – Reviewing design review in London – examining design review cases in London to provide ‘a 360-degree analysis of the diversity of design review practices across London and … Continue reading

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Building History Bulletin from Cambridge MSt features IHBC successes: 2017 Student Award winner Rodolfo Acevedo Rodriguez and more…

The ‘Building History Newsletter’ of the IHBC-recognised Cambridge Master of Studies (MSt) in Building History highlighted the success of their IHBC Gus Astley Annual Student Award winner for 2017, Rodolfo Acevedo Rodriguez, while also reporting that course graduate Sophie Hetherington … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Historic building in Leeds set for healthy new lease of life

The Yorkshire Evening Post has explored how a landmark building in Leeds that suffered years of neglect, the former York Road Library, is on course for a bright and healthy future as a major transformation project enters its closing stages.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (museum) doorstep’: V&A’s ‘less scary’ entrance drives up visitor numbers

The Guardian has reported on how the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has bucked its trend of falling numbers with a new piazza and Pink Floyd show.

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Civic Voice objects to Ealing Council deleting conservation officer post

Ahead of a decision by London’s Ealing Council on whether to delete the role of its Conservation Officer, Civic Voice has written to say that deleting the conservation officer role would demonstrate the Council’s lack of commitment to historic environment.

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Stirling home to Scotland’s ‘Best Building 2018’

The Engine Shed in Stirling has won three top industry awards in is first year of opening. image: S O’Reilly

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Nominate someone who deserves a medal for ‘for lifetime achievement in the stone industry’, closing 14 September

Every two years, the Worshipful Company of Masons, the stone industry’s livery company, and Stone Federation Great Britain, get together to decide who should receive the biennial Duke of Gloucester Award for lifetime achievement in the stone industry.

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Scottish Building Regulations: Review of Energy Standards: ‘Call for Evidence’

A review of the energy standards of the Scottish Building Regulations has commenced which is Scottish Building Regulations: Review of Energy Standards: ‘Call for Evidence’

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Florida’s ‘Van Gogh Starry Night’ house mural can stay

A Florida couple fined thousands of dollars for painting Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night onto their Florida home as a landmark for their autistic son have received an apology from the mayor.

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