Built Environment Forum Scotland News Bulletin 28th November 2013

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BEFS held its fourth Annual Congress on Linlithgow on 19 November. Attended by over 80 delegates the event featured a diverse range of speakers from the public and private sectors and national and local government. The theme ‘Mainstreaming the Historic Environment’ – a key Scottish Government policy objective, was addressed at a number of levels including: looking at how other organisation handle advocacy; featuring case studies showing successful regeneration and redevelopment projects; and setting out the challenges and opportunities presented by Scottish Government policy and local authority delivery strategies. Blogs about the Congress and copies of speakers’ presentations.

Please note deadline dates of two live consultations: the Consultation on Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill – deadline 24/01/14 and the Draft Scottish Planning Policy: Sustainability and Planning – deadline 16/12/13.

BEFS held its Annual General Meeting on Friday 22 November at the B+B Club, Rothesay Terrace,Edinburgh. The Chairman reported on BEFS activity for the previous year, highlighting successes and outlining the challenges and opportunities for the future. Members approved the recommendation to reduce the subscription for corporate and international Associates from £200 to £100, and to reduce the subscription for Individual Associates from £200 to £10. Members approved the reappointment of a number of Trustees and the nomination of a new Trustee, chartered surveyor, Nick Allan.

The AGM was followed by a short drinks reception for Board members, representatives of member organisations and staff.

BEFS Events

16 January BEFS Board meeting, Edinburgh

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Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments (SG 22/11/13)
Community benefits offer a unique and unprecedented opportunity to communities across Scotland. Scottish Government recognises that many developers have individual company policies and approaches which work well to deliver community benefits, and this guidance is intended to share and build upon the progress in the field to date for forthcoming operational projects. The Scottish Government would welcome your views on this draft by 17 January 2014.

Consultation on the proposed draft Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 Remedial Order (SG 22/11/13)
Consultation paper following decision of the Supreme Court in Salvesen v Riddell. Consulation period 22 Nov ’13 – 7 Feb. ‘14

Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption Scheme for Small Third Sector Organisations (SG 25/11/13)
This paper seeks to obtain views on proposed changes to the water and sewerage charges exemption scheme. Consultation period 22 Nov ’13 – 14 Feb ’14)

Forthcoming consultations

Consultation on Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020 Stage 2 Final Proposals
The Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Scottish Government, and provides support for a range of economic, environmental and social measures. The current programme will end on 31 December 2013. To access the European funding, to cover the period 2014-2020, we are required to submit a new SRDP to the European Commission. Following an initial consultation to gather views on proposed changes to the programme, final proposals for SRDP 2014-2020 have been developed. The Stage 2 consultation will cover the broad range of the areas that the SRDP delivers towards and will include a greater level of detail about how the different aspects will work in practice, due Autumn 2013.

Consultation on the Implementation of CAP Direct Payments from 2015
CAP Direct Payments Regulation allows Scotland some flexibility over implementation. Although the European Commission has not yet published its detailed rules, the Scottish Government wishes to inform stakeholders about the new CAP and gauge stakeholder support for the known options. Due Autumn 2013

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Scotland’s Future (SG 26/11/13)
Scotland’s referendum on 18 September 2014 is a choice between two futures. If we vote Yes, we take the next step on Scotland’s journey. We will move forward with confidence, ready to make the most of the many opportunities that lie ahead. The most important decisions about our economy and society will be taken by the people who care most about Scotland, that is by the people of Scotland. The door will open to a new era for our nation. Report

New Certification Register launched (SG 21/11/13)
The Certification Register is the only authoritative source of information on all Approved Bodies and Approved Certifiers in Scotland. It is updated weekly from information sent by Scheme providers. The Register enables members of the public to find and contact an Approved Body offering certification services in their local authority area including an optional search facility by postcode. The register is also used by local authority verifiers to check for notice of intent to use certification and to check the validity of certificates issued by Approved Certifiers.

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Scottish Government News Release

£25 million regeneration boost for communities (SG 22/11/13)
Housing Minister Margaret Burgess and Cllr Stephen Hagan COSLA Spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability jointly announced today (November 22) the allocation of a £25 million fund, which will transform disadvantaged areas in Scotland. In total 22 local projects will benefit from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF). The fund, which has been developed in partnership with local authorities, will support projects that will deliver new and improved infrastructure bringing significant positive outcomes for deprived areas. Projects across Scotland are set to benefit including: a number of listed buildings which will be brought back into sustainable use within Scottish Towns; the West Harris Trust on the Isle of Harris which will receive funding to create a community enterprise centre with visitor, community and business facilities; and the Glasgow Women’s Library which will receive funding for the refurbishment and relocation of the Library.

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News Release

Scotland’s first Historic Marine Protected Areas in force (HS 27/11/13)
The designation of seven Historic Marine Protected Areas (Historic MPAs) came into force on 1 November 2013 to protect historic wreck sites of national importance around Scotland’s coasts and seas. This was done following a period of consultation earlier in 2013.

27 new Marine Conservation Zones have been created to help better protect our rich marine life. These will join over 500 marine protected areas that already exist in the UK. (defra 21/11/13)
Coral reefs, jellyfish and seahorses are just some of the marine life that will be better protected following the creation of 27 new Marine Conservation Zones today.

Marine protected areas (defra 21/11/13)
Our seas are home to some of the best marine wildlife in Europe, with a wide diversity of underwater habitats and species. Many of our marine habitats and species are particularly rare and therefore of international importance. The government is aiming to protect habitats and species in our seas by contributing to an ecologically coherent network of marine protected areas.

Marine conservation zone 2013 designations (defra 21/11/13)
On 21 November 2013, the minister designated 27 Marine Conservation Zones.
Marine Conservation Zones conserve the diversity of nationally rare, threatened and representative habitats and species. See where the zones are on JNCC’s interactive map. Similar schemes are operating in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland to contribute to a UK wide network of marine protected areas.

£10 million funding boost for Scotland’s historic towns and cities (HS 19/11/13)
Communities across Scotland are set to benefit from the latest round of Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) funding announced today. The £10 million was outlined by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs during her keynote speech at the Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) Annual Congress in Linlithgow.

European Parliament approves new creative Europe Programme (EN 19/11/13)
European culture, heritage, cinema, television, music, literature, performing arts and related areas will benefit from increased support under the European Commission’s new Creative Europe programme, which was approved by the European Parliament on 19 November. With a budget of €1.46 billion over the next seven years – 9% more than current levels – the programme will provide a boost for the cultural and creative sectors, which are a major source of jobs and growth.

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Recent Parliamentary Questions

Parliamentary Questions

Questions marked with a (♦) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.
Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an “R”.

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Recent Parliamentary Answers

Questions marked with a (♦) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

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Other Parliamentary activitiy

Recess Dates

21 December 2013 – 5 January 2014
8 February – 16 February 2014
5 April – 20 April 2014Events

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Tuesday 3rd December 2013 from 5.30pm – 9pm
A+DS (Architecture and Design Scotland), Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DD
Everyone is welcome, whether giving a presentation or not, and there will be small charge to cover the cost of refreshments and for setting up and clearing away afterwards. Following the continued success of this annual get-together as a popular social event and fantastic showcase for members work and projects – and after a couple of years in Glasgow -this year’s SEDA Show and Tell will be back in Edinburgh again where we shall be combining presentations with the chance to chat, socialise and partake of refreshments together.. As with last year the event is taking place earlier in the month so it is not long to go now! For booking and further information

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CE1 Introduction to lime based mortars and traditional materials for the repair of civil engineering structures
24 Jan and 21 Mar 2014
This one day introductory workshop introduces the range of lime and early patented cement based mortars that have been used in the past for the construction of masonry arch bridges, culverts, tunnels, light houses, viaducts, canals, harbours, retaining walls, piers and other masonry structures which contribute so much to the richness of our built heritage

Other Scottish Lime Center events

Specifying Mortars for Repair Restoration & New Build, 06 March 2014, Charlestown Workshops, Fife. FREE – First Come, First Served!

Damp in Buildings Seminar, 23 May 2014, Charlestown Workshops, Fife

Structural Repair of Historic Buildings Seminar,19 – 20 June 2014, Charlestown Workshops, Fife

To book a place on any of these courses, please click here or visit our website

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Job Vacancies

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Other updates

The 2014 Awards are now open for Nomination.
Now in their fifth year the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards are a celebration of good local design and conservation projects and of people who make a significant contribution to the civic movement. In 2014 the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Award will recognise a project that has had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and has delivered positive benefits to that community. The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Civic Champion Award will be presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to their local heritage. The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards are supported by the Scottish Government, are nominated and evaluated by local people. They are not ‘industry’ awards.
Who can enter: Any community based group can nominate a project or person. These can include: local civic trusts affiliated to the Scottish Civic Trust, community councils, history societies, housing associations, arts groups, development trusts and community action groups. Nominations must be made by 31 January 2014

National Conservation Centre Have your say!
Historic Scotland is developing a National Conservation Centre, an ambitious project to create a unique national and international hub for technical conservation, research and learning to ensure a sustainable future for the historic environment.

Welcome to your new ShoreUPDATE app for Android and Apple.
ShoreUPDATE will update and improve information on our current register of coastal heritage sites at risk. With your help, we aim to visit every one of the 940 sites in the highest risk category on the register to assess its present condition. We are also interested in updating information about the remaining sites on the register – as well as receiving new information about sites we don’t know about.

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Information in the Bulletin is extracted from a number of websites; including the Scottish Government (SG); the Scottish Parliament (SP); Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS); Historic Scotland (HS); Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH); Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO); English Heritage (EH); Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE); Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG); Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS); Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); National Assembly for Wales (NAW); Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS); Scottish Building Standards Agency (SBSA);Heritage Alliance (HL). For further information, links are provided to the relevant documents.

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