The Scottish Government – ‘Creating Places’

“Creating Places”, Scotland’s new Architecture and Place policy statement, has been launched.  The commitment in the document is one of a series of pro-design pledges with the Scottish Government having promised to put design and placemaking at the heart of revised planning policy which is due to be published by the end of the year.  … Read more »

Cash boost for empty property in England

Communities Minister Don Foster has announced a £91m cash boost for towns in England with the aim being to refurbish and bring back into use use over 6,000 empty and derelict homes and commercial premises, particularly in the Midlands and North. The funding is being allocated under two programmes: £61m from the second round of… Read more »

Site visit – Lauder

Works are progressing well on our domestic extension project in Lauder, Scottish Borders.  After 3 weeks on site the drainage is complete, demolitions are finished and the new steelwork has been installed, external walls are almost complete to eaves level and works are commencing on the new roof structure.  Progress has been ably assisted by… Read more »

Legacy Building Warrants, Scotland

The Head of Building Standards in Scotland has written on the 4th June to the Chief Executives of the Local Authorities with an update on the handling of existing building warrants for housing developments. This follows a February 2013 Building Standards Division meeting where it was agreed that, although a sympathetic approach is still required in… Read more »

Building Regulations Scotland, 2013 Amendments

The 2013 Edition of the Technical Handbooks are now available online: hard copies of these documents will no longer be available. The revised handbooks support the Building (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 which are scheduled to come into force on 1 October 2013.  The amendments are limited in extent with the principle revisions being as follows:… Read more »

Flood Advice

Two new publications that explain how homes can be made more resilient to flooding using new technologies have been being launched. Entitled Six steps to property level flood resilience, one has been written specifically for property owners and one for local authorities and professionals. Stephen Garvin of the Building Research Establishment, who managed the EU-funded project that… Read more »

Changes to streamline planning process on way in England

The requirement to provide design and access statements for modest projects in England will come to end on 25 June, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced.  The implementation date emerged in a statement to parliament following the Government’s response to consultation published earlier this year on streamlining the planning application process. In line with its proposals,… Read more »

Glentress Forest and Tweed Valley public consultation

Forestry Commission Scotland is holding two drop in public consultation sessions this week; they are to take place at Glentress Forest, Peebles on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May.   The sessions are part of the development process of a Forestry Commission ‘masterplan for Glentress Forest which will explore further opportunities to develop the popular… Read more »

Raft of change-of-use development rights come into force in England on 30 May

The date for a raft of new permitted development rights to come into force in England, including office to residential conversions and larger domestic extensions, has been set at 30 May 2013. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced the go ahead for the controversial changes by laying secondary legislation that amends the GPDO 1995. Having been… Read more »