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Historic Environment Policy & the planning system: New analysis now out from BEFS

A targeted analysis by BEFS into how existing historic environment (HE) policies are utilised within the planning system has been published. image: BEFS

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NAO report into the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation

On 14 April 2016, The National Audit Office (NAO) published Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, a report assessing the value for money of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) schemes.

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Illegal felling of protected trees highlighted by Park Authority signs

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has resorted to the unprecedented step of erecting two temporary information signs on land at Upper Burrows in Freshwater East where protected trees were felled and abandoned.

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Blackpool responds to seaside town reinvention plans from House of Lords: ‘Start with Blackpool’

As part of its recent report on regenerating seaside towns, the House of Lords’ plan suggested that solving problems in Blackpool could prove key in tackling issues across England, and Blackpool has responded accordingly… 

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Open doors to communities in need with the ‘Meanwhile Foundation’, as ‘landlords turn their empty shops into vibrant community hubs’…

Government says that towns across the country will benefit from a new scheme which will see landlords turn their empty shops into vibrant community hubs open to the public in a project partnership delivered by Meanwhile Foundation in partnership with … Continue reading

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Europa Nostra: Nominate a heritage site for the 7 Most Endangered programme 2020

If you know of an important heritage that is endangered – such as a historic monument or archaeological site, a place of worship, an industrial complex, a historic park, a museum or a movable heritage asset – Europa Nostra is … Continue reading

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Debenhams closures: Four ways to use the empty stores

As Debenhams has named 22 of the 50 stores it plans to close as part of a plan by new owners to revive the department store chain, the BBC reflects on what will – or might – happen to all … Continue reading

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Esmée Fairbairn Foundation publishes report on value of ‘core funding’ for organisations, to offer supporting ‘ammunition’

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has published its report sharing its insights into core funding with the aim of giving others ‘the ammunition to continue to make the case’.

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Enter the Brick Awards 2019: Closing 31 May

The Brick Development Association (BDA) has highlighted how the opportunity to compete at the industry’s highest level and be recognised by top-tier trade and national press makes it worth spending a few minutes on entry for the Brick Awards 2019.

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CPRE’s State of Brownfield 2019 report: Enough land for more than 1M homes!

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has published its annual ‘State of Brownfield’ report, which shows there is enough suitable brownfield land available in England for more than 1 million homes across over 18,000 sites and over 26,000 hectares.

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HES Shares second Corporate Plan ‘Heritage For All’

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is sharing its second Corporate Plan ‘Heritage For All’ as Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, personally leads in its promotion.

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CIfA to reflect on the Chartered Archaeologist vote

At an Extraordinary General Meeting, held in Leeds on Friday, 26 April 2019, accredited members of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologist (CIfA) voted not to petition the Privy Council to introduction of a new Chartered Archaeologist grade of accredited member.

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APPG for EBE launches new 7th Inquiry: ‘… recruitment and retention of more women into construction…’ submissions by14 May

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment (EBE) has announced its new Inquiry, which will look at how the recruitment and retention of more women into construction and how that might help to ameliorate the … Continue reading

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BBC on ‘The grief that comes from lost buildings’

BBC News has reported on how, across the world, destruction of cultural attractions causes a specific sort of communal grief.

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Battle of Britain base on fire – aerodrome building ‘100% engulfed in flames’

A Battle of Britain base erupted into flames in early April with firefighters battling a huge aerodrome fire.

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Welsh Government consultation: ‘Easy access to listed buildings…’, closing 19 July

The Welsh Government is consulting on guidance ‘help people plan and improve access to listed buildings’, closing 19 July.

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‘Heritage and Wellbeing’ update: State of the evidence concerning impact of heritage on well-being

A scoping review on heritage and wellbeing has been published, which looked at 75 papers and reports on the impact of heritage places, interventions, and assets, to discover how they impact our individual and community wellbeing.

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‘Come to a sleepover at our place!’: ‘Champing’ with The Churches Conservation Trust

The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) has opened its ‘Champing’ (‘Church Camping’) season, which runs to 29 September, and says ‘Come to a sleepover at our place!’ image: Champing™

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Scotland’s natural capital worth £273 billion according to an ‘Experimental Statistics Publication for Scotland’

A comprehensive assessment has been carried out for the first time of the monetary value of Scotland’s natural capital, and has calculated that in 2015 the asset value of Scottish natural capital was an estimated £273 billion.

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Art Deco Worthing Pier named best in Britain: ‘Pier of the year!’

A 19th Century Art Deco pier originally built as a landing stage has been named this year’s Pier of the Year.

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HE: Business owners and operators based in listed buildings say they benefit from their historic premises

More than 500 businesses from across the country were polled as part of the Survey of Listed Building Owners 2018, sponsored by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical. image: IHBC SE Branch for Brighton2020

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CLA seeks more detail on conservation covenants

The CLA (Country Land and Business Association) has welcomed the proposed introduction of conservation covenants in England, but warns that additional detail will be required before their potential to support biodiversity net gain can be realistically assessed. image: Peter Badcock

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Call for ‘European Heritage Stories’: On heritage work by communities in Europe – just fill in the form!

A call for ‘European Heritage Stories’ hopes to identify the European dimension of heritage sites and heritage work undertaken by the communities in Europe, while ‘All you have to do is fill in the application form and your story will … Continue reading

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RTPI Scotland warns of Planning Bill’s ‘eye-watering’ cost

MSPs should think again about the massive financial implications of the Planning Bill currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Scotland has warned.

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£3 million village halls regeneration scheme for England launched

A £3 million fund to improve village halls and better connect rural communities across the country has been launched by the government, with funding to support around a hundred local building projects to help rural communities ‘better connect’. image: Open … Continue reading

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