Technical consultation on implementation of planning changes

On 18 February DCLG opened consultation on the proposed approach to implementation of measures in the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16.  It covers the following areas: Changes to planning application fees Permission in principle Brownfield register Small sites register Neighbourhood planning Local plans Expanding the planning performance regime Testing competition in the processing of planning applications Information about…

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Rural Planning Review

On 11 February, Defra and DCLG jointly released a call for evidence for a Rural Planning Review. The consultation is addressed to a range of stakeholders, including individual users of the planning system and planning authorities. Amongst other aspects, responses are sought on: Types of development which would benefit from permitted development rights What planning…

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Consultation on upward extensions in London

DCLG is also seeking views on proposals to increase housing supply in London by building upwards 'while protecting open spaces and the green belt'. The Consultation on upward extensions in London opened on 18 February with a closing date for responses of 15 April 2016.

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Simplifying Gift Aid donor benefit rules

On 18 February, HMRC announced the second part of its review of the Gift Aid donor benefit rules. Initial consultation took place between July and October 2015, and received responses from 46 charities, including The Heritage Alliance.  The 31-page consultation document invites respondents to submit their views on a number of options, and asks whether they represent…

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Ancient History and Classical Civilisation qualifications

In the last issue of update we reported that Ofqual opened consultation on the A and AS levels in Archaeology. Hotly on its heels comes invitation to comment on proposals for Ancient History and Classical Civilisation qualifications that will come into effect in September 2017. GCSE, AS and A Level Ancient History, and GCSE AS…

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Durham World Heritage Site Management Plan Consultation

Durham Castle and Cathedral is one of 29 World Heritage Sites in the UK. UNESCO manages the WHS list and requires that they should have a management plan. Durham’s first plan was published in 2006. A new draft plan has been produced and the WHS Committee is carrying out a consultation on its proposals. The…

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Consultation on the government’s new Cultural Protection Fund

In June 2015, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale announced the government's commitment to establish a Cultural Protection Fund. As reported in Update #304, this sits alongside the intention to bring forward legislation 'at the first opportunity' to ratify the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property. DCMS is now consulting on the scope and remit…

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Historic England to review ‘Listing Selection Guides’

Historic England is currently reviewing its Selection Guides, with a view to releasing new editions around May 2016. The current 20 thematically-arranged selection guides give detailed guidance about what may be eligible for listing. Each gives a brief overview of the building type or structures covered in the guide; current understanding, both of their history…

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IHBC and Historic Towns Forum questionnaire on conservation practice

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Historic Towns Forum [Alliance members] are interested in gaining views on conservation practice and how it fits in with wider planning, place-making and management of the built environment. This will then be used to inform future guidance and events. A survey questionnaire has been prepared to gain…

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First World War Centenary, 2015 Evaluation Survey

The First World War Centenary Partnership invites individuals to share details of First World War events and activities in 2015 via an online survey. A network of local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations, the partnership is led by Imperial War Museums (IWM).  Survey respondents will be in with a chance of winning one…

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