2013 news articles

2013 news articles

Heritage Enterprise recipients announced

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded more than £12m to bring five important but neglected historic buildings back to commercial use. The funding has been awarded under the Heritage Enterprise Scheme to:

  • The Harland and Wolff Drawing Office, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
  • The Globe Theatre, Stockton
  • St Peter and the Old Black Lion Pub, Northampton
  • The Northern Counties Club, Londonderry/Derry
  • Merkinch Welfare Hall, Inverness

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Support for self build housing

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has promised to help turn self build housing into a mainstream option rather than a minority interest. He will introduce measures to support self build housing including asking councils to assess the demand; undertake a review of Homes and Communities Agency land to identify land suitable for small scale projects; and publicise land to would be self builders. There will also be a Council Tax discount for self built family annexes and exemption from “unreasonable” section 106 charges and the Community Infrastructure levy. Read more

Communities to be consulted on wind turbine proposals

The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced that local communities will have a much greater say on wind turbine proposals. New measures to be laid before Parliament will require developers seeking planning permission for onshore development involving more than two turbines or any turbine exceeding 15 metres height to consult local communities before submitting a formal application. Read more