Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

VAT cash-flow crisis looming for construction

Thousands of construction companies are facing a 20% drop in cash flow when VAT changes come into force in October.

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on VAT cash-flow crisis looming for construction

£100million National Lottery Climate Action Fund launched for communities across the UK

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new £100 million Climate Action Fund that will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency.

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on £100million National Lottery Climate Action Fund launched for communities across the UK

Toolkit for LGBT venues launched at City Hall

Planning Out, in association with FieldFisher and BECG, launched an LGBT+ Placemaking Toolkit to support the protection and development of LGBT+ spaces and places.

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Toolkit for LGBT venues launched at City Hall

Scotland’s improved energy efficiency standards is reducing bills

Scottish Government is highlighting how income households in Scotland are saving on their fuel bills as a result of improved energy efficiency measures in their homes.

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Scotland’s improved energy efficiency standards is reducing bills

Design Thinking Guide on church changes: ‘How to think about changes in historic places of worship’

A Design Thinking Guide has been developed on behalf of the Empowering Design Practices research project – a five-year collaborative research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council – exploring how community-led design can help empower those who … Continue reading

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Design Thinking Guide on church changes: ‘How to think about changes in historic places of worship’

Place Alliance: Report on Councillors’ attitudes towards residential design

Place Alliance has recently published a report which summarises views from a national survey of local councillors in England on their approach to the design of new residential development, including that ‘Design quality is undervalued by councils, but makes development … Continue reading

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Place Alliance: Report on Councillors’ attitudes towards residential design

Looking ahead to #IHBCBrighton2020: Multi-million fund to revitalise country’s high streets… an update from GOV.UK!

Over 50 areas across the country are going through to the second phase of a multi-million fund that will transform their high streets. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Looking ahead to #IHBCBrighton2020: Multi-million fund to revitalise country’s high streets… an update from GOV.UK!

HOLD THE DATE for COTAC’s 60th Anniversary Conference: 6-7 November, Stirling, on the ‘Future of heritage conservation – tools and technologies’

COTAC will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a unique review of the ‘Future of heritage conservation’, looking at ‘Sourcing a Digital Norm for Learning and Training: Tools and Technologies’

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on HOLD THE DATE for COTAC’s 60th Anniversary Conference: 6-7 November, Stirling, on the ‘Future of heritage conservation – tools and technologies’

NT 10 year strategy includes help for ‘Urban Places’ outside its ownership

The National Trust (NT) 10-year strategy outlines how it will help look after special places sitting outside its ownership, and the ‘Urban Places Programme’ has been established to help others secure their local greenspaces and heritage. image: Plymouth – Seán … Continue reading

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on NT 10 year strategy includes help for ‘Urban Places’ outside its ownership

Category A-listed Cardross seminary to be left to ‘decay’

The future of one of Scotland’s most important buildings St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, a category A listed building is in doubt after a bid to have it taken into state care was refused. image: HES website

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Category A-listed Cardross seminary to be left to ‘decay’

HE seeks views on training needs: Closing 30/09

Historic England (HE) is inviting views from sector colleagues on the sort of training it should deliver, with a survey closing on September 30.

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on HE seeks views on training needs: Closing 30/09

England’s Built environment sector deal: opening formal negotiations with the sector

A letter from MHCLG and BEIS to the Built Environment Sector Deal Champion, confirms that the government will open formal negotiations on a Built Environment Sector Deal. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on England’s Built environment sector deal: opening formal negotiations with the sector

N Somerset seeks opinion on shopfront design guide: open till 12/08

Local businesses, town councils and developers in North Somerset (N Somerset) are invited to give their views on a proposed shopfront design guide. image: North Somerset Council website

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on N Somerset seeks opinion on shopfront design guide: open till 12/08

Project to use space technology to protect Scotland’s historic environment takes off

A new partnership to harness space and satellite technology to protect Scotland’s historic sites from climate change has been launched.

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Project to use space technology to protect Scotland’s historic environment takes off

Policy Exchange on ‘Building Beautiful Places: How planning policy can incentivise the building of places not just homes’

UK ‘think tank’ Policy Exchange has published a new report entitled ‘Building Beautiful Places: How planning policy can incentivise the building of places not just homes’.

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Policy Exchange on ‘Building Beautiful Places: How planning policy can incentivise the building of places not just homes’

Heritage from the doorstep: North London Sainsbury’s becomes first supermarket building to get listed status

A branch of Sainsbury’s on Camden Road in north London has become the first purpose-built supermarket to be given listed status, as featured in The Leigh Journal among many other publications.

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Heritage from the doorstep: North London Sainsbury’s becomes first supermarket building to get listed status

Enfield listed building found partly knocked down

A listed building that was sold by the council seven years ago has been partly knocked down without permission.

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Enfield listed building found partly knocked down

HES survey on how historic sites and heritage places affect wellbeing: Closing 25 August

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has launched a major survey about how historic sites and heritage places affect our wellbeing. image: Fiona Newton

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on HES survey on how historic sites and heritage places affect wellbeing: Closing 25 August

Heritage ‘conservation’ and ‘enhancement’ re-takes in England: MHCLG’s NPPF-linked guidance updates

Following revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework, England’s Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has updated its heritage advice, including areas covered in the IHBC’s joint Conservation Professional Practice Principles’. 

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Heritage ‘conservation’ and ‘enhancement’ re-takes in England: MHCLG’s NPPF-linked guidance updates

Revised NPPF-compliant Planning practice guidance updates: In summary

Planning practice guidance relevant to England’s revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has had recent updates posted online. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Revised NPPF-compliant Planning practice guidance updates: In summary

Scruton reappointed to Building Beautiful Commission

Roger Scruton has rejoined the government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission (BBBBC) three months after being sacked from his unpaid role as its chair by housing secretary James Brokenshire. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Scruton reappointed to Building Beautiful Commission

Tulip tower: Mayor rejects plans for London skyscraper

London’s Mayor has advised planners to reject proposals for a new skyscraper the 1,000ft(305m) Tulip Tower proposed for Bury Street beside the Gherkin Tower which was approved in April by the City of London Corporation(CLC).

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Tulip tower: Mayor rejects plans for London skyscraper

Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission publishes interim report

The ‘Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’ (BBBBC) has published its interim report, which call for ‘places, not just homes’ and the transformation of retail parks into thriving communities. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission publishes interim report

Landscapes review: National Parks and AONBs – interim findings letters issued

The review body advising on next steps for National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty sites (AONBs) in England has issued interim findings, noting that: ‘We should not be satisfied with what we have… It falls short of what … Continue reading

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on Landscapes review: National Parks and AONBs – interim findings letters issued

FMB launches banking services

The trade body the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), has launched a new banking service, helping finance new plant for small builders.

Posted in Sector NewsBlog | Comments Off on FMB launches banking services