New Year Honours List 2014

The Heritage Alliance is delighted to announce that it's Chief Executive, Kate Pugh, has been awarded an OBE for services to heritage. Kate, who took up her post in 2003, said ‘I’m thrilled with this award not just for me but for the recognition it gives the Alliance and to everyone who has had a…

Consultation: Historic England Action Plan

English Heritage has published its draft Action Plan with a deadline for comments by Friday 23rd January 2014. The draft Action sets out the contribution that Historic England will make to Heritage2020; the historic environment sector's plan for its priorities between 2015 to 2020.  Acting as the delivery document for the Historic England Corporate Plan, the Action…

Communities need greater protection against unsustainable development, says CLG Committee

The National Planning Policy Framework [NPPF] is not preventing unsustainable development in some places, while inappropriate housing is being imposed upon communities as a result of speculative planning applications, a report published by the Communities and Local Government Committee has concluded.  The report, Operation of the National Planning Policy Framework, follows the recent public inquiry…

ACEVO publishes Red, Blue and Yellow Books

A series of books providing an insight into what the three main political parties think of civil society has been jointly-published by the Charity Leaders Network, Acevo, and the Charities Aid Foundation. To broaden civil society's relationship with the three main political parties before the General Election in May 2015, ACEVO and CAF called upon a…

CAP Reform: Countryside Stewardship introduced

The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs has published the fourth of its CAP Countdown Communications Updates.  Published on 19th December 2014, the Update provides information on the next iteration of the Common Agriculture Scheme, including further information on the Basic Payment Scheme, the New Environmental Land Management Scheme, the active farmer rule, new entitlements, land…

London 2036: An Agenda for Jobs and Growth

The policy regime surrounding global access to London should be improved to take advantage of increased international tourism, while planning policy should be reformed to help sustain London's growth as a global hub, a new report published in January 2015 has recommended.  The report, London 2036: An Agenda for Jobs and Growth, published by London First…

£20.6 million Lottery boost for public parks

Seven public parks are to be revitalised after receiving £20.6 million in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, it was announced on 6th January 2015.  In a press statement on the HLF website, it was confirmed that seven historic public parks will receive grants for important regeneration works, new community…

At the crossroads: new report outlines new vision for England’s Libraries

England's public libraries should be turned into more commercially-focused entities with access to comfortable, retail-standard environments that provide wi-fi, coffee, sofas and toilets, according to a new independent report published in December 2014. The Independent Library report, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and written by an independent advisory panel led by…