The Maintenance and Repair of Traditional Farm Buildings: A guide to good practice

In 2011 Historic England produced good practice guidance on the maintenance and repair of traditional farm buildings. It has now expanded, updated and revised this guidance and would welcome your views. This document will replace The Maintenance and Repair of Traditional Farm Buildings: A Guide to Good Practice (2011). If you have any comments on…

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Business rates discretionary relief fund

Following the announcement of a locally administered Business Rates Relief Scheme in the Budget, DCLG has issued a consultation on its design and implementation. The consultation states ‘It will be for billing authorities, in collaboration with other authorities operating within their area, to design their discretionary relief schemes and determine the eligibility of ratepayers for…

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The Adaptation of Traditional Farm Buildings: A guide to good practice

To supplement the good practice guidance a Historic England Advice Note, titled The Adaptive Reuse of Traditional Farm Buildings, will set out the key principles to be considered when seeking to adapt traditional farm buildings. These documents will replace The Conversion of Traditional Farm Buildings: A Guide to Good Practice (2006) and Living Buildings in…

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Local Authority Heritage Services in the South West

Historic England is carrying out a survey on behalf of the South West Historic Environment Forum with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West. The survey will objectively study users’ perceptions of the quality of Local Authority Historic Environment Services, that is, services relating to buildings, conservation, archaeology, and the Historic Environment Record. The…

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Review of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund launched

The Government has launched a call for evidence on the roles and responsibilities of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and Heritage Lottery Fund [Alliance Affiliate member]. The call for evidence forms part of a review on how the organisations carry out their roles in supporting the heritage sector and how HLF operates in distributing…

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DCMS seeks views on impact of Business Rates

DCMS is seeking the views of the tourism sector on Business Rates revaluations. Heritage attractions are of course an important part of the tourism sector and we will be asking members for more information on how the increase will affect them. The Museums Association has written a piece on some of the huge rate increases some…

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Housing White Paper and the heritage sector

The Government has published its housing white paper ‘Fixing our broken housing market’ setting out its vision to ‘reduce the obstacles to house building and help local authorities, developers and SME builders build the homes Britain needs’. The White Paper only mentions heritage four times – in its footnotes. We are, of course, much more…

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Heritage Protection Reform Proposals: Summer Consultation 2016 responses

The Historic Environment Forum (HEF), the heritage key-stakeholder group, has been concerned by the continuing reduction in heritage and planning resourcing in local authorities over many years. In 2014 HEF set up a working group, the Historic Environment Protection Reform Group, to devise solutions. HEF consulted key heritage stakeholders on 15 proposed reforms in October…

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Review of Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

This report sets out the recommendations from the review chaired by Peter Bonfield, on consumer advice and protection related to home energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. The report will be of interest to the heritage sector in relation to retrofitting historic buildings to improve their energy efficiency. In the next stage, industry will develop…

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Settings and Views of Heritage Assets:

Historic England is consulting on a proposed update to ‘The Setting of Heritage Assets’ in the light of recent planning cases and to provide further advice on views. The revised Settings and Views of Heritage Assets document will replace both ‘The Setting of Heritage Assets’ and its previous advice on views, ‘Seeing the History in the…

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