Conservation covenants

DEFRA want to know what you think about plans to introduce legislation for conservation covenants in England. Conservation covenants would allow landowners to set legally binding obligations on their land for themselves and subsequent owners. This will allow landowners to secure environmental benefits for the long term. In particular, we want to hear what you think…

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Consultation on Georgian and Victorian terraced housing

Following requests for a more up to date replacement for the English Heritage document “London Terraced Housing 1660 – 1860”, this guide intends to provide a concise overview of the development of terraced housing and an approach to change in these historic buildings. It is for local authorities, owners and others involved in the conservation…

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Treasury Committee Inquiry into Business Rates

The Committee will examine how Business Rates policy has changed, including Business Rates retention, alternatives to property-based taxes, such as the proposed digital services tax, and how changes to Business Rates could impact businesses. The deadline for written submissions is 2 April 2019. More here.

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Nominate a Heritage Site to the World Monuments Fund Watch List

There’s less than a month left to nominate a site to the 2020 World Monuments Watch, which uses cultural heritage conservation to increase community resilience, enhance social inclusion, and build new skills in the conservation field and beyond. Nominate here.

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AIM launches 2019 Member and Stakeholder Survey

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) wants to hear about how it can better help heritage organisations prosper in the next few years. Their 2019 survey will take around 20 minutes to complete and they particularly welcome responses from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland so that we can plan how to meet specific needs. You…

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Help needed to investigate public participation in British archaeology!

Opinions and practices relating to public participation in archaeology vary widely in different countries. Our intern, Francesca Benetti (University of Padua), and Katharina Möller (Bangor University),are researching the topic of public participation in archaeology in 3 European countries (Italy, Germany and UK) as part of their PhDs. They are conducting a survey (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LDBBV8T) to better…

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Consultation on mandating biodiversity net gain in development to ensure habitats are protected and enhanced for the future

DEFRA is consulting on plans to require developers to deliver a ‘biodiversity net gain’ when building new housing or commercial development – meaning habitats for wildlife must be enhanced and left in a measurably better state than they were pre-development. The consultation will run until 10 February. The National Trust states that ‘creating new sources of finance from developer…

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BEIS Committee launch energy efficiency inquiry

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has launched an inquiry into the Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to buildings.The Committee is inviting written submissions on points including: • Overarching approach: Who should have responsibility to pay for energy efficiency? Should energy efficiency be considered a national infrastructure priority? • Existing housing stock:…

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Developing a strategy for the future of the National Heritage List for England: The sector’s perspective

Matthew Saunders MBE is running a call for evidence on behalf of Historic England. Responses are sought by December 21st. The objectives of the overall project are to consider: The current state of the Lists (light touch) in terms of coverage, consistency; The implications of legacy entries (the majority, without reasons for the designation decision…

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Charity regulators invite views on the development of the ‘Statement of Recommended Practice’

The Charity regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland invite comments on their ‘Statement of Recommended Practice: Accounting and Reporting by Charities’ (SORP). They are seeking views on what changes may be needed to the process used to develop the SORP. Questions are listed in the document linked. Responses to the consultation are due to sorpgovernance@oscr.org.uk. Consultation closes…

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