Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

Countryside Stewardship Scheme now open for 2021 applications

The 2021 Countryside Stewardship scheme is now open with guidance on the scheme rules and how to apply. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Panellists appointed to the London Mayor’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm

Fifteen panellists drawn from across the culture, heritage, media and voluntary sectors have been appointed to the London mayor’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm, which aims to create greater diversity in statues, street names, building names and memorials.

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CLC adopts national retrofit strategy: Consultation closing 1 March

As part of its work implementing the Roadmap to Recovery Plan, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has given its backing to a National Retrofit Strategy, with consultation closing 1 March 2021.

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Call for EOIs in Scotland’s ‘Climate Beacons’ for COP 26: Closing 01/03

Climate Beacons for COP26 is a Scotland-wide collaborative project between climate change or environmental organisations and arts, heritage or cultural organisations to stimulate long-term public engagement in the lead-up to and following COP26, with Expressions of Interest (EoI) due by … Continue reading

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Hammersmith Bridge illuminated red in Valentine’s Day message to Government

Hammersmith Bridge has been illuminated bright red in a Valentine’s Day stunt aimed at highlighting ongoing delays to its repair, as the 133-year-old west London bridge has been closed to traffic since April 2019 when cracks appeared in its pedestals.

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HE, HAZ and more: 10 new films imagine the future of the High Street, from 2 March

Commissioned as part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HAZ) Cultural Programme, led by Historic England (HE), ten new films created by contemporary filmmakers in collaboration with young creatives, exploring what the future of the high street could be, … Continue reading

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Virtual CSCS cards launched together with a new app

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has launched virtual CSCS cards and a new app. image: CM website

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National Churches Trust Budget Representation 2021: Making the financial case

The National Churches Trust Budget Representation 2021has been issued: Making the financial case for the social value of church buildings.

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Welsh Government Written Statement on second homes

Welsh Minister for Housing and Local Government Julie James has made a written statement concerning second homes in Wales, indicating ‘commitment to a range of policy initiatives’.

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Defra etc: New £10M fund to drive private sector investment in nature

A new £10M fund from Defra and others will provide grants of up to £100,000 to environmental groups, local authorities, businesses & other organisations. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Legislative proposals to address impact of Scotland’s concentration of land ownership

A discussion paper from The Scottish Land Commission (SLC) proposes three new legislative measures to modernise land ownership in Scotland and to support a dynamic and productive economy by addressing the adverse effects of Scotland’s unusually concentrated land ownership.

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Enter the Brick Awards for 2021: Free, closing 14/05

Celebrating the world’s greatest brick architecture and craftsmanship, the Brick Development Association (BDA) is hosting a call for free entries to the Brick Awards 2021, with categories including Urban regeneration, Refurbishment, Innovations, and Craftsmanship, and closing 14 May.

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DCMS targets nominations for 2022 New Year Honours List: Closing 16/04

Sarah Healey CB of England’s Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) has written to ask members for ‘help in identifying candidates from within your sector for consideration to be recognised amongst the 2022 New Year Honours’, with nominations … Continue reading

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Green Party calls for no VAT on refurb in new Parliamentary petition

A petition from Molly Scott Cato – the Green Party’s finance spokesperson – on the Downing Street website calls on the government to remove VAT on refurbishment projects and raise VAT on non-Passivhaus new-build construction to 20 per cent, with … Continue reading

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CIC: Government permitted development rights plans need rethink

Government proposals to extend so-called permitted development rights, which will allow more premises to bypass normal planning procedures and be turned into homes, need greater safeguards to protect communities according to Construction Industry Council (CIC). image: for illustration purposes only … Continue reading

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HE High Streets Heritage Action Zones Cultural Programme, plans and ‘High Street Tales’ etc.

Historic England (HE) has launched a podcast series and accompanying ebook called ‘High Street Tales’, the first outcomes of a four-year-long national Cultural Programme (2020-24) led by Historic England in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council … Continue reading

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Full range of National Lottery funding resumes with refocused priorities for 2021-22, including COVID-19 recovery

Applications are open for National Lottery (NL) Grants for Heritage from £3,000 up to £5million, while the Heritage Fund will prioritise projects that contribute to recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

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COP26 calls for groups to bring climate summit to life: EOI close 5 March

Applications have opened today to help shape the COP26 venue in Glasgow ahead of the crucial climate change talks later this year, with the call for Expressions of Interest closing on 5 March.

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England’s Local Heritage List campaign: Announcement of successful areas

England’s Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has announced allocation of initial £700,000 funding (now increased to £1.5 million) that will support projects which involve a county-wide approach to developing or improving local heritage lists.

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Theatres at Risk: 2021 Register now out

The Theatres Trust has published the 2021 Theatres at Risk Register, with 31 theatres, while highlighting an ‘emerging trend during the pandemic where vacant theatre buildings are sold off by private owners.’ image: Theatres Trust website

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CHN on Youth, Culture & Climate: Volunteers sought to help plan 2021 pre-cop event: Deadline 28/02

The Climate Heritage Network (CHN) – the international network of which the IHBC is a member – has issued a call for volunteers ‘to help plan an event at the 2021 pre-COP’, based in Milan from 30 September, with a … Continue reading

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MHCLG on NPPF and National Model Design Code: Consultation proposals and EOIs on tests invited

England’s Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has launched a consultation on revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), in light of the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission ‘Living with Beauty’ report, with expressions of interest (EOIs) … Continue reading

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Free access to Natural Stone Specialist during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Natural Stone Specialist (NSS) is offering free access during the Covid-19 pandemic, with current content ranging from a double height Portland limestone staircase to a revised landscaping standard.

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Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission: MHCLG response to the ‘Living with Beauty’ report, with foreword by Jenrick’s

England’s Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has issued its response to the Commission’s ‘Living with Beauty’ report, on how to promote and increase the use of high-quality design for new build homes and neighbourhoods, and including a … Continue reading

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Funding boost for Northern Ireland’s churches and chapels

Church and chapel buildings in Northern Ireland are to benefit from £250,000 of funding thanks to a grant awarded to the National Churches Trust from the Department for Communities. image: NCT website

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