Consultation on power to disqualify from acting as a trustee

The Charity Commission has launched a consultation into proposals for the exercise of a new statutory power to disqualify individuals from acting as trustees.  The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 gives the Commission a power to disqualify individuals from acting as trustees. The measure, which is set to come into effect in July, will…

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Select Committee inquiry into Local Plan-making

The CLG Select Committee, Chaired by Clive Betts MP, has launched a short inquiry into Local Plan-making. Views are sought on the 47 measures proposed to Government by the Local Plan Expert Group in its Report published in March. Amongst other recommendations, the Group has called for a statutory duty to be placed on Local Plan-making…

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Local Plan Heritage Strategies

IHBC [Alliance member] is reviewing the provision of Heritage Strategies within Local Plans. The National Planning Policy Framework recommends that Local Plans should set out a positive strategy for the conservation and enjoyment of the historic environment including dealing with heritage at risk. However while Local Plans invariably include some content on protection of the historic environment,…

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Cambridge–Milton Keynes–Oxford: ‘growth corridor’ call for evidence

In the 2016 Budget, the Chancellor asked the National Infrastructure Commission to make recommendations to Government to maximize the potential of the Cambridge–Milton Keynes–Oxford corridor. The Commission has launched a 12-week call for evidence and encourages all interested parties to submit evidence, ideas and solutions. Amongst other aspects, the Commission invites evidence on why many…

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Marine planning issues and evidence

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is inviting stakeholders to register their interest for workshops to discuss the challenges, opportunities and needs of the next phase of marine plan areas. The workshops are being held across the north east, north west, south east and south west of England, and are part of a wider call for…

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Museums at Night May festival feedback

The Museums at Night May festival took place 11-14 May 2016, and comprised some 500 events across the UK at museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites, attracting thousands of visitors.  The Culture24 team who coordinate the festival are inviting feedback from visitors of the festival. Please take 5 minutes to fill in the Museums at…

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Review into business broadband

BIS and DCMS have launched a review into business broadband to explore the barriers facing businesses in accessing affordable superfast broadband. The Call for Evidence aims is to learn more about the fixed broadband needs of British businesses, both now and in the future, concentrating on the following three issues: The broadband speeds that businesses need…

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Government statement on estates regeneration

DCLG published an updated statement on estates regeneration on 25 May. The 13-page document provides guidance for initial expressions of interest in the Government's estate regeneration programme.  The Government will engage with up to 100 estates from around the country, to stimulate proposals for the transformation of those estates, a significant increase in housing, and, most…

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Starter homes regulations: technical consultation

DCLG have opened a technical consultation on starter homes regulations. The consultation is seeking views on the details for the regulations to be made under powers contained in the Housing and Planning Bill, including options for the starter homes requirement on reasonably sized sites. The 25-page consultation document comprises 18 questions.  The consultation closes 27 May…

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Consultation on the reconstruction of heritage assets

Historic England is seeking comments on draft guidance on the reconstruction of heritage assets. It is many years since English Heritage, Historic England’s predecessor, provided guidance on the reconstruction of heritage assets. There is a renewed interest in reconstruction as a result of natural disasters such as the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and the destruction of significant…

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