Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

Company fined £20,000 for unauthorised work on listed building

A property company has been ordered to pay £25,000 following unauthorised work on a listed building following a prosecution by Cotswold District Council.

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PAS – Scotland’s planning advisory and citizenship service – asks for ‘Help to make a ‘zine’ about place!’, revised closing: 30/09

PAS – Scotland’s planning advisory and citizenship service – seeks submissions to ‘Help to make a ‘zine’ about place!’, with a revised closing date of 30/09.

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£10m boost from CITB to get people of diverse backgrounds into construction, with its ‘Pathways Into Construction’ programme

The Construction Industry Training board (CITB) will be targeting more than 11,800 people to attract them into construction careers, as part of the Pathways Into Construction programme. image: CITB website

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Council services ‘declining’ due to £5bn funding gap

Parliament reports that MPs have accused the Government of being ‘derelict in its duty’ to local authorities by failing to set out a funding settlement that would ease the pressure on frontline services. image: Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the … Continue reading

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AHRC calls for nominations to the Peer Review College 2019

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is seeking nominations for new members to be appointed to its Peer Review College (PRC).

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New scoping study on ‘interactions’ between UK HE institutions and the heritage sector out, with supporting survey!

The Heritage 2020 ‘Discovery, Understanding and Identification’ working group has published the findings of a study into collaborative working between heritage organisations and higher education institutions – ‘Mapping collaborative interactions between Higher Education [HE] Institutions in the UK and the … Continue reading

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National Development Framework sets out 20 year land use framework for Wales

The Welsh Planning Directorate is working on the production of a National Development Framework (NDF), which will set out a 20-year land use framework for Wales and will replace the current Wales Spatial Plan.

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Scottish Landscape Character Types – map and descriptions facility from SNH

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) offers users a national digital map-based facility to help explore Scotland’s Landscape Character Types to assis in Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) – the process of identifying and describing variation in character of the landscape.

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CCT’s ‘Great National Steeple Chase’ an ‘epic success!’

The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) Chief Executive Peter Aiers successfully undertook an epic challenge to visit 50 CCT churches in 50 hours on 25–27 July in a challenge named ‘The Great National Steeple Chase’, celebrating 50 years of the Trust … Continue reading

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RIBA announces Great British Buildings programme for 2019

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Thursday 1 August announced the programme for Great British Buildings 2019, which gives members of the public a rare chance to look around some of this year’s RIBA award-winning buildings.

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Bath Stone joins Portland and Cambrian Welsh slate as a ‘Global Heritage Stone Resource’

Bath Stone, one of England’s famous limestones, and marble from Makrana in Rajasthan used to build the Taj Mahal are among the latest seven stones to be designated as Global Heritage Stone Resources (GHSRs) by the International Union of Geological … Continue reading

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New research highlights threats facing Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

New research published by Edinburgh World Heritage concerning the authenticity of the Royal Mile reveals the threats and opportunities facing the historic thoroughfare in the heart of the Old Town.

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DCMS Committee: Create a ‘UK Garden City’ initiative to boost untapped potential of garden tourism to UK economy

A new report by Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Commons Select Committee concludes that garden tourism has much more economic potential, yet to be exploited, and that gardens should be formally recognised as part of the UK’s creative sector. … Continue reading

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John Betjeman Award 2019 winner announced by SPAB

Repairs to the tower at St Oswald, Grasmere in Cumbria won this year’s John Betjeman Award award. image: SPAB website

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‘Local government Brexit preparedness’ out from England’s MHCLG

Guidance from government to assist local authority ‘preparedness for exiting’ the European Union (EU) has been issued by England’s Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Latest Newsletter from IHBC CPD provider ESC: Special issue on traditional buildings features new IHBC ToolBox guidance 

IHBC CPD provider ‘The Environment Study Centre’ (ESC) has published its latest built environment Newsletter, as a ‘Special edition on traditional buildings’, and features new linked IHBC ToolBox Guidance. image: ESC Newsletter

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Dry stone walling added to list of intangible cultural heritage in Ireland

The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland(DSWAI) has received news that dry stone building has been acknowledged by the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht as part of Ireland’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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UKNC on ‘Cultural Heritage Innovation’: Opportunities for international development

The UK’s National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) report shows how the UK is world-leading in innovation in its cultural heritage sector.

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DEFRA consultation outcome and conclusions on legislation for conservation covenants in England

England’s Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has published the consultation outcome, summary of responses and government response on new legislation for conservation covenants. image: Peter Badcock

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England’s DCMS 5 minute survey to help them help you with ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario: Closes fast

England’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has commissioned a survey to better understand how they can best support Brexit planning. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Demolition bid lodged for 153-year-old building in Jedburgh

The BBC has reported on a prominent town centre building in Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders, that may have to be demolished because it is crumbling.

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Applications for Churchill Fellowships open until 17 September

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) has announced that applications for Churchill Fellowships – a unique opportunity open to all UK adult citizens – are open until 17 September.

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Essex CC u-turn on closing libraries after consultation receives thousands of responses

Following a public consultation that ‘revealed the strength of feeling towards library services’ – through months of protests involving hundreds of residents and the support of big names including David Walliams and Jacqueline Wilson – Essex County Council (ECC) has … Continue reading

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Anger at Watford planning law allowing ‘oppressive’ small flats

A mayor has called for a change in planning law after proposals to convert an industrial unit into 15 small ‘oppressive’ flats got the go-ahead.

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Rising price of heritage materials increases rebuild and repair costs of traditional properties by 3.4%

Ecclesiastical’s heritage Building Cost Index rose by 1.2% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the previous quarter, and by 3.4% year on year.

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