Monthly Archives: April 2019

An IHBC view of Notre Dame: A historical take on the future of a damaged heritage resource and icon, from the IHBC’s former Membership Secretary

The IHBC asked former Membership Secretary Paul Butler for a take on some critical and historical issues around the modern response to Notre Dame, in the hope they will inform topical discussions across our membership as we approach the IHBC’s … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (church) doorstep’: ‘Timebomb’ of the lost churches and chapels of the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Post has reported on the ‘Timebomb’ faced by local places of worship in the Dales, including in the heart of Hawes where ‘a little church has stood for more than a century’ but, being without a service for … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (new-build) doorstep’: The BBC on ‘Growing complaints about new-build houses’

The BBC recently explored how the ‘endless list of problems’ for one purchaser of a new build house seems to be part of a growing trend.

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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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Last chance for free C+ in London, May 2, c.12-4.30, on IHBC membership application support and scrutiny – ‘from accreditation application to CPD’ – for all member categories!

This is your last chance to book on the IHBC’s UK-wide ‘Council+’ forum , which is open to members across all categories, to take place from 12 noon to c.4.30 on 2 May in central London, focussing on how we … Continue reading

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London Branch MATE accreditation support event: 15 May – ‘for free and for you’, so book before 8 May!

The next IHBC London Branch MATE  (Membership Application Training Event) session is on 15 May from 5.30 – 8.30 pm at Lichfields, Regent’s Wharf, Kings Cross (approximately 10 mins walk from Kings Cross Station). If you want a little guidance … Continue reading

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £125K+ costed work this week: Watford BC seeks cemetery’s Heritage Assessment, closing 20/05, value £10-25k

The IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts’, and the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week features a call from Watford Borough Council … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Brechin Cathedral mercy mission for Syria renews calls to save historic building from closing

The Courier has highlighted how a Syrian mercy mission has prompted renewed calls to save Brechin Cathedral – ‘to celebrate its 800th anniversary in 2020 [with] the oldest part… the Pictish round tower which is about 1,000 years old’ – … 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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Rail stations in line for £300 million funding boost to improve disabled access

Disabled rail passengers across Britain will benefit from better access at stations thanks to a £300 million government investment and newly accessible stations will open up routes across the country. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Plans announced for world-leading planetarium in Wales

Plans to develop one of the world’s biggest planetariums in Wales – transforming the site of the iconic former Tower Colliery in the South Wales Valleys – received support from pioneers including The Eden Project’s Sir Tim Smith.

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New deadline for Community Asset Grants: 4 Oct 2019

If you are thinking of applying to National Lottery Community Fund to develop a local building or asset in Scotland then it is time to talk to them as they have set a deadline for closure and final applications of … Continue reading

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APPG for Civic Societies meeting on England’s ‘Building Better’ Review: The community perspective – 7 May, now booking

The Government has set up the ‘Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’, to improve the quality of new housing design in England, so Civic Voice has set the next All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) for Civic Societies, to be held on … Continue reading

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PDR for office conversions in England under review as Harlow MP describes office block re-housing as ‘social cleansing’

The government is reviewing its policy of allowing the conversion of offices into homes without planning permission (or permitted development rights: PDR) as Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said he would be looking ‘at where the burden lies’ with regards to … Continue reading

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Archbishop of Canterbury launches Commission on Housing, Church and Community

Britain’s housing crisis is to be the subject of a major new Commission launched by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. image: Church of England website

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TrailTale’s smartphone ‘Guided Walks’ for London and other UK towns: Free app

TrailTale is a free exploration app that offers walking guided routes and a repository of many UK attractions, so users can choose a walk route  – or ‘Explore Near You’ link – around some of the countries’ most fascinating places.

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