Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

Select Committee on ‘Regenerating Seaside Towns’: Inquiry seeks written evidence, closing 9/10

The House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities has invited written submissions to its inquiry, with the deadline for submissions of written evidence is 1pm on Tuesday 9 October 2018. image: Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced … Continue reading

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Government strategy for England’s Civil Society: ‘…building a future that works for everyone’ – a first in 15 years!

England’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Office for Civil Society have issued a strategy that sets out how government will ‘work with and for civil society in the long-term to create a country that works for … Continue reading

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Alan Jones elected RIBA President 2019-21

Alan Jones has been elected the next President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), taking over the two-year presidential term from Ben Derbyshire next year (1 September 2019) while from 1 September 2018 he will officially become RIBA … Continue reading

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HES Consultation: Conservation of historic plasterwork

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is seeking assistance with views on conserving historic plasterwork in Scotland, in a survey commissioned from Adams Napier Partnership. image: S O’Reilly

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SAVE on local legal challenge to St Michael’s in Manchester launched

Manchester Civic Society, through Steve Speakman, chairman, is issuing a legal challenge to planning permission for a 40 storey tower block within a conservation area, in an initiative supported by SAVE Britain’s Heritage.

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Architecture Apprenticeships in England: update

The RIBA has announced that the first standards for architecture apprenticeships have been approved, for both architectural assistant and architect roles.

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ICE on ‘how can we make cities more gender inclusive?’

Ways to make cities more gender inclusive were discussed at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Infrastructure event, ‘Designing Feminist Cities’, on 19 July at the London headquarters of The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).

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Court of Appeal sets out principles in considering the setting of listed buildings and the effect of developments

The Court of Appeal has set out general principles to be applied when considering the setting of listed buildings and the effect of developments, with a report from the Local Government Lawyer. image: IHBC

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BEFS calls for case studies for next Historic Environment Audit

Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) is seeking data and case studies for the next Scottish Historic Environment Audit.

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ACEVO and IoF on ‘Racial diversity in the charity sector’

ACEVO, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, and the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) have published a report on racial diversity in the heritage sector.

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Director jailed after employees burn to death

Simon Thomerson, Director of Clearview Design & Construction Ltd, has been jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to a health & safety breach that resulted in two brothers working for the company being burnt to death, as reported by … Continue reading

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Plácido Domingo and EU Commissioner Navracsics announce Europe’s top heritage award winners 2018 in Berlin

The winners of the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were celebrated during a high-profile awards ceremony in Berlin on 22 June 2018, in the presence of the Federal President … Continue reading

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LI’s new president launches #ChooseLandscape careers campaign: ‘… to address urgent skills shortages in the landscape profession’

A careers campaign launched by the new president of the Landscape Institute(LI), Adam White, aims to address urgent skills shortages in the landscape profession.

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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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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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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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