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Go-ahead for south-east London arts complex

Go-ahead for south-east London arts complex

Plans have been approved for the first phase of an arts complex in a series of grade II listed buildings at Woolwich in south-east London, in line with a recommendation from planners that the scheme would 'enhance heritage features' of the buildings.

Shropshire homeowner fined £1,200 for unauthorised changes to listed home

Shropshire homeowner fined £1,200 for unauthorised changes to listed home

A householder has been fined £1,200 for carrying out unauthorised changes, including the installation of a hot tub, at his grade II listed home in Shrewsbury.

Listed offices face demolition after developer sustains viability case

Listed offices face demolition after developer sustains viability case

Plans have been approved for the demolition of grade II listed offices in Surrey and their replacement with 375 homes, after council planners concluded that the applicants had demonstrated a 'clear and convincing justification' for the 'high level of harm' arising from loss of the building.

Historic England loses High Court challenge over Buckinghamshire railway site demolitions

Historic England loses High Court challenge over Buckinghamshire railway site demolitions

Government heritage advisor Historic England has lost a High Court challenge after a judge ruled that Milton Keynes Council was entitled to conclude that the loss of historic railway buildings to make way for a 375-home scheme would be compensated for by continued railway-related uses on the site.

What appeal court ruling on heritage means for planners

What appeal court ruling on heritage means for planners

A judgment allowing new homes near a grade I listed country house in Derbyshire confirms that planners and inspectors should take a broader view when assessing heritage impacts and not just consider the visual effects, say commentators.

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How we did it: Creating a new school in listed buildings

How we did it: Creating a new school in listed buildings

Preserving listed buildings' heritage was key to approval for a modern school and homes, says Mark Wilding.

Policy Summary: Advice on how to prepare a bid for the new round of Heritage Action Zones

Policy Summary: Advice on how to prepare a bid for the new round of Heritage Action Zones

Policy: Heritage Action Zone: Explanatory Notes and Guidance.

Policy Summary: New planning guidance on how to treat the historic environment in Wales

Policy Summary: New planning guidance on how to treat the historic environment in Wales

Policy Technical Advice Note (TAN) 24: The Historic Environment (2017).

How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

Volunteers in Kent have helped prepare a local list protecting heritage assets for their district council, reports David Dewar


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Legal Viewpoint: Court issues interpretation of heritage assets policy

Legal Viewpoint: Court issues interpretation of heritage assets policy

In a recent case from Gloucestershire, the High Court considered the interaction between the presumption in favour of sustainable development in paragraph 14 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the restriction on development affecting heritage assets in paragraph 134.

Legal Viewpoint: Joining the dots on heritage duties in committee reports

Legal Viewpoint: Joining the dots on heritage duties in committee reports

Planning should be about creative judgement and common sense. A recent High Court case on the conversion of a pub next to a north London nightclub into housing highlights the need to get the basics right.

Czechs' chequered history offers examples for heritage conservation, by Cliff Hague

Czechs' chequered history offers examples for heritage conservation, by Cliff Hague

Heritage conservation is increasingly a headache in austerity Britain, with rationalisations of space use, absentee landlords, the continued problem of VAT on repairs and maintenance and the squeeze on conservation skills in local government all threatening historic townscapes.

Prepare to resume old battles, by John Gummer

Prepare to resume old battles, by John Gummer

The planning system is a crucial environmental tool. However, like any other instrument, it's not always effective and, uniquely, its failures are clear for all to see.


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