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Introducing NESTA’s Arts & Culture £20M Impact Fund: ‘The world’s biggest impact investment fund for the creative arts’

A £20 million fund offering loans of between £150,000 and £1 million to help social enterprises in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors innovate and grow, builds on the success of the new Arts Impact Fund from NESTA (formerly NESTA: … Continue reading

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Welsh Women Making History

Wales’s history books are packed full of extraordinary heroes — from NHS founder, Aneurin Bevan, to 14th-century leader, Owain Glynd?r.But what about the inspiring women that have helped to shape our country?

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Scottish Government helping homeowners maintain tenements

Scottish Government is funding research into advice and support to resolve disputes over shared upkeep of tenements. Image: Commons Wikimedia – Thomas Nugent / Dudley Drive

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Open consultation: Taking Part Survey Review – closing 1 June

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is currently undertaking a review of the survey needs of the department, including the Taking Part survey, closing 1 June 2020.

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Where Next? Scoping Future Arts and Humanities led research – closing 21 April

Due to the unfolding Covid-19 situation and the challenges this presents for applicants in putting together applications the AHRC has extended the deadline for this call to Tuesday 21st April 2020.

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RTPI Awards for Research Excellence open for entries, closing 18 May

The RTPI Awards for Research Excellence recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research carried out by chartered members and accredited planning schools from around the world and are open for entries until 18 May at 5pm.

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Quartermain outlines government support for PAs under Covid-1 in final letter as England’s chief planner

England’s chief planner Steve Quartermain has encouraged local planning authorities to use technology to continue their service and ensure that discussions and consultations can go ahead during the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19).

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Submarine reactor test site at Dounreay to be demolished… by 2030s

A facility used for testing nuclear submarine reactors in Dounreay, Scotland is to be demolished by the 2030s.

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Scott Street Bridge made famous by Banksy to be demolished

Scott Street Bridge was decommissioned in 1994 and was recently targeted by the famous artist.

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Philip Long OBE appointed NTS Chief Executive

Philip Long OBE, currently Director of V&A Dundee, has been appointed Chief Executive of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).

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Up to £200K funding available for coasts and waters heritage projects in Scotland: Closing 31 May

Make a splash with Historic Environment Scotland’s new funding programme – We are encouraging organisations with community-based projects to apply for our new Coasts and Waters Heritage Fund which launched on Monday 9 March for the Year of Coasts and … Continue reading

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Biffa Award opens partnership grants scheme: Round 1 deadline 17 April

Biffa Award Partnership Grants Schemes now open with the Round One deadline on 17 April 2020 and Round Two on 7 August 2020.

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COP26 UN climate change conference postponement

The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to COVID-19.

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National Trust to furlough up to 80% of staff

The National Trust will furlough up to 80% of its staff as it responds to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Aberdeenshire mill dating back almost 140 years devastated by huge fire

A traditional mill in Aberdeenshire dating back almost 140 years has been destroyed by a huge fire.

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Calor puts up £85,000 for rural community projects: Closing 9 April

To celebrate its 85th birthday, gas company Calor has increased the value of its Rural Communities Fund to £85,000, which it will divide into 22 prizes, closing 9 April. image: for illustration purposes only – P Badcock

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RTPI survey on ‘Measuring Planning Outcomes Research’

The RTPI are undertaking research on Measuring Planning Outcomes Research to consider how local authorities can measure the outcomes of planning in order to track and improve the impact of planning. image: for illustration purposes only – Open Government Licence … Continue reading

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Scottish Civic Trust sets social media challenge: What’s Oot Ma Windae?

Lovers of the built environment and folk self-isolating throughout Scotland, if spending a little more time indoors or are seeking an interesting way to pass the time why not look to the Scottish Civic Trust’s #WhatsOotMaWindae for some fun and … Continue reading

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Design, Heritage and Biodiversity intertwine as new schemes in Brighton need ‘swift bricks’ for nesting birds to get planning

Planning rules passed by Brighton and Hove council which come into force next month and will require new developments to contain so-called ’swift bricks’ to encourage nesting birds. 

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UK’s first ‘super’ National Nature Reserve on Purbeck Heaths

Landscape-scale conservation to help tackle climate change and benefit more than 2.5 million visitors as, recognising the increasing need for a bigger, better and more joined-up approach to nature conservation, seven leading partners have come together to help protect wildlife … Continue reading

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Government update to the Inquiries Review Action Plan

Government UK notes 16 out of 22 Rosewell recommendations implemented, as the Planning Inspectorate publishes its updated Action Plan. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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City Hall overrules Southwark Council to approve £500m Bermondsey Biscuit Factory Scheme

City Hall has overruled Southwark Council to approve a £500m development on Bermondsey’s Biscuit Factory despite concern over a ‘shortfall’ of social housing as the plans, initially thrown out by Southwark’s planning committee over a lack of affordable homes, will … Continue reading

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NT: Lost statues of the Nine Muses recreated at Stowe after nearly 100 years

After years of historical and archaeological detective work, nine lost statues of the ‘Muses’ – goddesses of the creative arts and poetry – have been recreated at the National Trust’s world-famous gardens at Stowe in Buckinghamshire.

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A Culture Strategy for Scotland issued

The Scottish Government has published ‘A Culture Strategy for Scotland’ which shows how important culture is to Scotland’s prosperity and sets the future direction for supporting culture in Scotland.

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England’s Housing Minister: Speech to the Planning Inspectorate, on good and bad design, with a heritage handle

England’s Housing Minister Christopher Pincher made a speech at the Planning Inspectorate Annual Training Event, name-checking history, design, old buildings and more. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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