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Independent review calls for radical plan for England’s National Parks

Major review calls for biggest shakeup of the running of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty since they were founded 70 years ago. image: Dartmoor National Park – Open government Licence v3.0

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Southwark Council’s plans new principles for bespoke programme of rooftop development

Southwark Council has outlined its plans to introduce a set of principles, or promises to residents, that will guide a proposed bespoke programme of rooftop development aiming to provide vital new council housing.

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Councils attack plans to extend permitted development rules

The Government has announced plans to extend permitted development rules to allow developers to convert commercial buildings into homes without planning permission, but council leaders have warned the plans would prevent them from ensuring new homes are affordable and supported … Continue reading

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BEFS welcomes Scotland’s Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill and Climate Change Impacts Guide launch, Glasgow, 8 Oct

BEFS has welcomed the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill, ‘committing Scotland to becoming a net-zero society by 2045’, while also welcoming the forthcoming launch of the Climate Change Impacts Guide as part of Climate Week 2019 on October … Continue reading

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BESA & Women’s Engineering Society (WES) launch outstanding woman award: Nominations close 1 November

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is supporting the campaign to attract more women into engineering professions by launching an award to mark the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), with nominations closing on 1 November.

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Public engagement research funding opportunities to ‘deepen links between research and the wider society’: Closing 21/10 & 12/11

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has launched two new public engagement funding calls which will offer arts and humanities researchers the opportunity to work with community partners and experiment with citizen science, with one application deadlines of 21 October and … Continue reading

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National Trust joins Alzheimer’s Society to unlock history and heritage for millions of people affected by dementia

Two of the UK’s most popular charities the National Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society have today announced an ambitious three-year project to unlock some of the nation’s best loved history and heritage for millions of people affected by dementia.

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Heritage and social investment partners join to provide capacity-building support for heritage organisations: See ‘RePlan’

Social enterprises and charities running historic buildings now have the opportunity to access RePlan, a new three-year capacity-building service funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), Historic Environment Scotland (HES), further supported by Historic … Continue reading

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Work on Government approved apprenticeship for thatchers continues, despite email lacunae

Thatching Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group continues to progress funded apprenticeship for thatchers, the Thatch Advice Centre has reported.

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HE launches report on Value of Maintenance for places of worship

Historic England has published a new research report – Value of Maintenance for places of worship – that uses a sample of 30 listed church buildings across England, based on three successive Quinquennial Inspection Reports for each building. image for … Continue reading

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Are Britain’s heritage attractions child-friendly?

New research reports that families avoid art galleries, theatres and museums due to a range of barriers.

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Highlands Council cuts construction and demolition waste at Household Waste Recycling Centres

The Highland Council will be putting measures in place to restrict the amount of construction and demolition waste bought to its network of 21 Household Waste Recycling Centres, as the Council’s Bulky Uplift service will be expanded to include small … Continue reading

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Empty building fear for Cardiff’s student flats

Cardiff could be left with a skyline of empty buildings after an ‘oversaturation’ of luxury student flats, a leading architect has said.

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Victorian Society announce Top 10 Most Endangered Buildings 2019

On September 13th the Victorian Society announced its Top 10 Endangered buildings list.

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Communities to see how housing developers cash benefits them thanks to new planning rules

Local people in England will be able to see how every pound of property developers’ cash, levied on new buildings, is spent supporting the new homes their community needs. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Brunel’s ‘other bridge’ in Bristol to be ‘saved with £62k grant

A swing bridge that was designed by Brunel is to be ‘saved’ with a £62,000 grant from Historic England.

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Cash boost to crackdown on illegal building on England’s Green Belt

Councils are set to benefit from a slice of nearly £2 million to crack down on illegal developments on the nation’s Green Belt. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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CCC: UK credibility on climate change rests on Government action over next 18 months

The UK has legislated for net-zero emissions by 2050 – now the UK Government must show it is serious about its legal obligations to tackle and prepare for climate change, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says today in two … Continue reading

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£95 million to revive historic high streets

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced the locations that will benefit from a £95 million heritage boost for high streets in 69 towns across the country. image: Fiona Newton

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Consultation: Call for views for independent review into local authority audit – closing 22 Nov

Sir Tony Redmond has called for views for his independent review into the quality and effectiveness of the audit of local authorities in England, with the call closing on 22 November. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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RTPI launches ‘Resource Planning for Climate Action’ campaign

The RTPI is redoubling its call on the Government to give more resources and powers to local planning authorities to tackle climate change, with its ‘Resource Planning for Climate Action’ campaign, which recognises that without planners or adequate planning systems … Continue reading

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Apply for a new PhD study on using clay in low-carbon cements: Closing 14/11

Coventry University and the BRE Trust are offering a fully-funded PhD studentship to investigate using clays in low-carbon cement production. It will examine the properties of UK clays, their use in cement for mortars and concretes, and the sustainability and … Continue reading

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CITB consultation on 1,000 construction training standards – UK-wide

CITB is embarking on its biggest ever consultation, with industry views from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (via CITBNI) being sought on more than 1,000 new and existing construction training standards.

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Scottish Government questioned over ‘abandoned’ empty homes pledge

The Scottish Government has been criticised for abandoning its manifesto pledge to introduce compulsory sale orders to help councils deal with empty homes and regenerate vacant and derelict land.

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THA launches Inspiring Creativity report

The Heritage Alliance (THA) has launched its Inspiring Creativity report, demonstrating ‘the integral role of heritage to the success of the creative economy’.

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