Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

Design Council appoints new Director of Architecture and the Built Environment

Design Council Chief Executive, Sarah Weir OBE, has today announced the appointment of Sue Morgan to be the organisation’s new Director of Architecture and the Built Environment. image: Design Council website

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Ancient Woodbury hillfort being damaged by illegal off-roading

An ancient Iron Age hillfort, Woodbury Castle, near Exmouth, is being wrecked from motorists illegally driving their vehicles off-road despite signage and temporary fences being installed at the site.

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Lichfield publishes ‘Planned up and be counted Local Plan-making since the NPPF 2012’

Lichfields’ sixth annual review of Local Plan production under the original National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (NPPF 2012) shows that only half of Local Planning authorities have put in place a Local Plan under its auspices, and highlights how even … Continue reading

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Entries now open for the Brick Awards 2019: closing 31 May

Brick Development Association has announced that entries are now open for the Brick Awards 2019, which closes 31 May.

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Demolition starts on Windscale chimney at Sellafield

The first blocks of concrete have been removed from the top of one of the world’s most recognisable chimneys as the start of the demolition of Sellafield’s Windscale Pile One stack. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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BEFS seeks views on ‘Prioritisation’ for built and historic environment: Survey closes 22 March

Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) has been leading on ‘Prioritisation’ work for the built and historic environment since Autumn 2018, to inform the work on the Built Heritage Investment Plan taking place within Historic Environment Scotland and the OPiT Built … Continue reading

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The BBC on ‘The councils trying to save the High Street’ in 2018

Local councils have spent more than £800m on the purchase of UK shopping centres over the last three years.

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Four new commissioners appointed to England’s new home design body

Four new commissioners have been appointed to the government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Arms-length body set to buy Glasgow’s iconic buildings

A new deal means Glasgow City Council can begin paying back thousands of underpaid workers by selling off some of its most iconic buildings and venues to a council-run body and leasing them back to help pay for an equal … Continue reading

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£3.2M Bright Ideas Fund launched to help community business start-ups in England

Power to Change has announced a new £3.2m Community Business Bright Ideas Fund to offer tailored support and grants of up to £15,000 to 150 groups to develop their projects.

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£1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund launched for England

The government launched a £1.6 billion fund 4 March 2019 to boost growth and give communities a greater say in their future after Brexit. image: Fiona Newton

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PAS: Survey of planning departments, March 2019

In March 2019 PAS is carrying out a short survey of planning departments on behalf of MHCLG and the LGA.

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Derelict buildings in Glasgow to be given new life

The local authority, Glasgow City Council, has issued a 10-year vision that strives to reimagine Glasgow as a world-class city and bring derelict buildings back to life.

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Parliament passes accelerated degree proposals

Proposals to increase choice for students and save on tuition fees have been passed by the House of Commons and House of Lords. Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

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Co-op’s Community Wellbeing Index: Caring about the wellbeing of our local communities

The Co-op’s Community Wellbeing Index has been developed after it talked to people across the UK to find out what matters most – and what could be improved – where they live and work. image: Co-op YouTube video

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British Council update: ‘Helping to create a modern, vibrant and creative image of the UK’

Through the promotion of arts, English, science, and education the British Council works on high-profile international festivals and seasons, introducing people around the world to the best of UK culture and innovation, and has now offered an update on recent … Continue reading

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Historic England Technical Conservation Guidance and Research update

For a quick guide to Historic England’s technical conservation guidance and research see the new brochure. (Update to NewsBlog of  28/08/18)

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IHBC’s IMHO in Scotland: Architect and campaigner share views on Scotland’s derelict sites following new powers to address ‘eyesore sites’

The Scotsman has featured the opinions of Edinburgh architect Dr James Simpson and Save Leith Walk campaigner, Ian Hood, as they share their views on how to handle Scotland’s derelict sites following the announcement that Scottish councils are to receive … Continue reading

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AHF launches Heritage Impact fun (HIF): New £7m loan and social investment fund to secure the future of the UK’s historic buildings

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), the specialist lender to the UK’s heritage projects, has launched a new £7m social investment fund to enable organisations to deliver economic and social impact from the re-use of the UK’s heritage buildings.

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New Historic England Research now out: Includes ‘wellbeing’

The latest issue (11) of Historic England Research digital magazine, is now out, exploring ‘wellbeing’ among other current topics.

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Two Portsmouth ‘Grenfell’ tower blocks to be torn down

Two landmark Portsmouth tower blocks are set to be demolished after work to strengthen them was estimated to cost £86m.

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Cornwall’s Tintagel Castle bridge gets £2.5m private donation

English Heritage, has received a private donation of £2.5m towards a new bridge at ‘one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain’, Tintagel Castle, Cornwall. image EH YouTube

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Planning confusion leads judge to rule a Richmond green space consultation as ‘plainly inadequate’

Campaigners have scored a High Court victory against a council’s decision not to designate playing fields in west London as a local green space, after a judge ruled that the authority had carried out a ‘plainly inadequate’ and ‘manifestly unfair’ … Continue reading

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Resilient Heritage Grant for HOLTOP welcomed

The Heritage of London Trust Operations Ltd (HOLTOP) has announced that it has received a £42,900 National Lottery grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund towards total project costs of £70,000.

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Supreme Court to hear dispute over visual effects of quarry extension in Green Belt

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by North Yorkshire County Council in a dispute over the visual effects of a proposed quarry extension in the Green Belt.

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