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England’s National Planning Policy Framework revised

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which sets out government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied, has been revised. image: for illustration purposes only – Open Government Licence v3.0

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‘Vision for building beautiful places’ in England, &‘banish ugly developments and deliver?beautiful…’: Office for Place, NPPF and Design Code

A range of measures for England has been launched to improve communities’ infrastructure, champion neighbourhood design, and support walking and cycling to boost health and wellbeing, and includes a new Office for Place to ‘banish ugly developments and deliver?beautiful, green … Continue reading

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RIBA reintroduces adapted Climate Challenge report and introduces voluntary performance targets

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has reintroduced an adapted Climate Challenge Report (V.2) and developed voluntary targets for operational energy use etc. to form the basis of the 2030 Climate Challenge, as linked to a news feature on … Continue reading

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AHRC ‘scoping culture and heritage capital research’: Closing 10/08

The AHRC and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport are looking for project teams to apply for funding to identify future questions for culture and heritage research, closing 10 August.

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Call for arts and humanities experts to evaluate Horizon Europe applications: Open 2021-27

The European Union Institutions appoint external experts to assist in the evaluation of grant applications, projects and tenders, and to provide opinions and advice in specific cases, and UK arts and humanities researchers are sought for the evaluation of Horizon … Continue reading

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Cardiff‘s new Council on ‘Capital Ambition – Our continuing commitments for Cardiff’

Capital Ambition, Cardiff’s new administration’s five-year plan for the city, outlines the council’s vision for Cardiff to become a leading city on the world stage.

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Government promotes new apps to simplify extension application process for homeowners

Two new web apps will help homeowners improve and extend their homes making the extension application process easier to navigate, writes Government UK. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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HE Planning Bulletin: Recent and forthcoming developments in planning from a heritage perspective

The new Historic England (HE) Planning Bulletin highlights some of the recent and forthcoming developments in planning from a heritage perspective.

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Council chiefs launch campaign to ‘Build Back Local’

Local authority leaders have insisted that the Government must guarantee long-term investment for local services in order to ensure the country’s economic and social recovery after the pandemic. image for illustration purposes only

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Tighter payment rules to small firms come into force

Reforms to the Prompt Payment Code covering small businesses come into force today requiring payment times to be cut from 60 days to 30 days. image for illustration purposes only

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Construction groups unite with proposed new carbon reporting rules consultation

New international cost management (ICMS) reporting standards published for consultation urge professionals to report and measure carbon in developments.

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New online tool identifies £8.5bn worth of future construction projects across Scotland

An innovative online tool has been launched to provide the construction industry with greater clarity and understanding of future public sector construction projects to be delivered across Scotland.

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£60 million to protect England’s national heritage

20 organisations in England will benefit from £60 million to protect our national heritage for future generations. image: Public Bodies Infrastructure Fund – Royal Armouries, Leeds – Open Government Licence v3.0

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New regulator at heart of building safety overhaul: Government

Government reports that the Building Safety Bill will set out a clear pathway for the future on how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained.

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Net zero could generate £330bn investment into UK, commission finds

Meeting net zero in London and the UK’s Core Cities could bring up to £330bn of investment into the UK, new analysis by the UK Cities Climate Investment Commission has revealed. image: Local Government website

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The SPAB: Recruiting Fellows & Scholars, closing 14/09 & 12/10

The SPAB is seeking to recruit Fellows & Scholars, closing 14 September and 12 October respectively.

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Legality of £27bn roads building programme in question as court battle begins

The legality of the government’s second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) will be determined during a two day High Court hearing.

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Self-healing concrete goes on sale in the UK

Precast specialist JP Concrete has signed a supply deal with a pioneering Dutch firm to offer self-healing concrete in the UK.

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London, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle & Cardiff to see £322M a month lost in spending with long-term hybrid working plans

New research calculates that the pandemic has resulted in £11.9 billion of displaced city centre spending, as many workers left offices for homeworking, with cities set to see employment hub spending drop £322M a month.

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3rd Annual Exhibition of Stone Carving and Stonemasonry for Worshipful Company of Masons’ Craft Fund – EOI due 31/07

Supporting and promoting the use of stone and the training of young stonemasons, the Third Annual Exhibition of work by stone masons and stone carvers will take place at Gallery Different from 15– 20 November, with Expressions of Interest due … Continue reading

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MMC advocacy: Government urged to introduce sustainable supply chain legislation

A panel of experts who gathered to discuss how the construction industry will meet zero-emissions targets through Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) have called on the government to introduce a sustainable supply chain legislation. image: for illustration purposes only – … Continue reading

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New digital guide: Copyright considerations when working with volunteers

Naomi Korn Associates have created a digital guide to provide information on best practice when it comes to managing or supervising volunteers.

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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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Robert Jenrick confirms a ‘higher threshold’ for article 4 directions that restrict permitted development rights

Secretary of State Robert Jenrick has announced a new ‘higher threshold’ for the use of article 4 directions, including being used only ‘to avoid wholly unacceptable adverse impacts’ or ‘to protect local amenity or the well-being of the area’, and … Continue reading

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UK’s first verification scheme for home retrofit launched

The National Energy Foundation (NEF) has launched the UK’s first verification scheme for home retrofits. image: for illustration purposes only

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