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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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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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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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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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A culture strategy for Scotland (Consultation closed19/09/18)

Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) recently submitted a response to the Government consultation on the Culture Strategy for Scotland.

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Applications open for EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2019: Closing 15 November, includes 7 ‘Grand Prix’ awards @ €10,000 each

Applications are now open for the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards 2019, closing 15 November and with 4 categories covering: Conservation Research Dedicated service by individuals or organization and Education, training and awareness-raising

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