The Build Your Future programme introduced students to traditional skills with a series of mini masterclasses.

A traditional building skills demonstration has been delivered for young people at Jedburgh Grammar Campus, one of the final elements of the five-year Jedburgh Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) programme.

Students received mini masterclasses in stonemasonry, roof slating, painting, decorating, and surveying as part of Build Your Future, a partnership programme led by Developing the Young Workforce which explores careers in the built environment. The event gave the students opportunities to try different trades and introduced them to potential careers in the construction industry.

Watch the video from the day

The event was one of the final training sessions of Jedburgh CARS, a partnership project developed with the local community and funded by Historic Environment Scotland and Scottish Borders Council. The project has delivered a range of heritage and conservation-based regeneration activities within the town centre over a five-year period.

A final exhibition and weekend of activities will be held in Jedburgh on 1 – 3 April to highlight all that the scheme has achieved.

Introducing young people to traditional skills

Nicola Shaw, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Scottish Borders, added: “Working with partners in education and the construction sector, the Build Your Future programme has been developed nationally to maximise the impact of construction activities in schools for the benefit of young people.

“The feedback from teachers and the young people who participated was extremely positive, and we look forward to continuing to roll out Build Your Future to all high schools in the Scottish Borders.”

Susan Oliver, Headteacher at Jedburgh Grammar Campus, said: “We are grateful for the range of opportunities working with the CARS team has offered our young people over the last few years and were delighted to be involved in this final event, which raised the profile of potential careers within the traditional building sector.

“This event has given the young people a fantastic insight into the construction industry, with the hands-on nature of the experience being of particular value.”

Find out more about Build Your Future.

Jedburgh CARS weekend exhibition and activities will be open 1-3 April 10am – 4pm, at 2 Canongate, Jedburgh.

Image © Scottish Borders Council.

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BEFS News

In changing social and economic times there are ever more pulls on the public purse-strings. Ahead of May’s local elections, BEFS has joined with organisations from across the sector to launch Culture and Heritage: A Manifesto for Local Government, to demonstrate clearly the value of both culture and heritage in supporting recovery from the pandemic and contributing to economic development, health, wellbeing, and education outcomes.

BEFS remains a supporting Member of the Climate Heritage Network, who have published their 2021 Annual Report “Mobilising Culture for Climate Action”.

Work on developing the delivery programme for the draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) is progressing with Scottish Futures Trust.

The Architectural Heritage Fund (Scotland) has announced the continuation of its long-standing partnership with Historic Environment Scotland. AHF will re-launchits Scotland grants programme in April 2022, with financial support for early-stage viability and development projects.

It’s your last chance to enter the SPAB Heritage Awards, which close 28 March. SPAB Scotland are also looking forward to their Milling Matters weekend event in May, with a packed programme held in collaboration with Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust.

Submit your nominations for the IHBC Marsh Awards 2022 by 31 March. Prizes include £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s Aberdeen 2022 Annual School in June.

Finally, applications close on 31 March at the Scottish Civic Trust, who are seeking four new Trustees to help deliver an exciting and sector-leading range of priorities aimed at celebrating Scotland’s built environment, taking action for its improvement, and empowering its communities.

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Consultations

Local Development Planning – regulations and guidance: consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Open Space Strategies and Play Sufficiency Assessments: consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) – Public Consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Publications

Community Heritage in a (Post)COVID World (Scottish Civic Trust, 1/3/22)
Video resources from SCT’s My Place Mentoring programme, which came to a close in February after a successful three year run.

Is Scotland climate ready? – 2022 Report to Scottish Parliament (Climate Change Commission, 03/22)
The independent assessment of the second Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme (SCCAP2) finds that more needs to be done to translate ambition into actions that are commensurate with the scale of the challenge.

Climate Heritage Network 2021 Annual Report “Mobilising Culture for Climate Action”(10/3/22)

Caring For Our Vernacular Heritage – Department for Communities (Northern Ireland) and Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (Ireland)

Accelerating net zero delivery (Innovate UK, 9/3/22)
New research analyses the economic and social benefits to be gained by taking a place-based approach to climate action in UK city-regions.

Briefing paper: What is open data and why does it matter? (David Hume Institute, 3/3/22)
Despite the benefits demonstrated by those leading the way in open data, Scotland is moving at a glacial pace and the gap with other countries is widening.

Scottish Government Publications

Building standards – verifiers management and training and development recording: review (14/02/22)
A study to investigate how the recording of training needs identified through the Competency Assessment System (CAS) is managed.

Skills: shared outcomes framework (9/3/22)
This framework is the means by which Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council will monitor and report on collaborative projects that contribute to overarching skills outcomes, set in the National Strategy for Economic Transformation and the missions of the Future Skills action plan.

Scotland’s Carbon Footprint 1998-2018 (15/3/22)
Estimates of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions on a consumption basis for the period 1999 to 2018.

News Releases

Heritage and culture coalition publishes manifesto ahead of Scottish elections (Museums + Heritage Advisor, 7/3/22)
The coalition of ten organisations has outlined the ways local councils could benefit from support for cultural recovery.

Scotland is not yet climate ready, CCC says (15/3/22)
Action to adapt to critical impacts such as wetter winters and rising sea levels has stalled, posing risks to people, infrastructure and business.

Rare Pictish stone unearthed near Angus (BBC, 7/3/22)
The discovery was made by a team from the University of Aberdeen during survey work at Aberlemno.

HES seeks views on listing of St Rollox Locomotive Works in Glasgow (Historic Environment Scotland, 7/3/22)
The consultation will run until Monday 28 March.

Highland Cinema Red Roofs of Scotland exhibition (The Herald, 13/3/22)
Amateur photographers are invited to enter the ‘Red Roofs of Scotland’ photography competition to celebrate the second anniversary of the Highland Cinema.

Vision of Kilmarnock’s future unleashed as radical proposals unveiled for town (Daily Record, 6/3/22)
A revamp of the historic Palace Theatre — the town’s cultural gem — is the focal point of the makeover.

Climate change: First Minister challenged over funding for £33bn retrofitting buildings plans(The Scotsman 2/3/22)
Nicola Sturgeon has been challenged to outline how the retrofitting and decarbonisation of more than one million buildings in Scotland will be paid for before 2030.

Opinion & Comment

Access in Holyrood Park (BBC Radio Scotland Out of Doors 5/3/22, listen from 1:14:00)
Dr David Mitchell, HES Director of Conservation joins a discussion about managing risk versus access to Hutton’s Section in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.

Paul Sweeney MSP: Glasgow’s historic buildings have been neglected – but we must not repeat the mistakes of the past (The Big Issue, 8/3/22)
The disastrous tearing down of tenement districts in post-war Glasgow should be a lesson for policy makers eyeing up redevelopment.

Cumbernauld town centre demolition: Debate rages over future of Scotland’s new towns(The National, 12/3/22)
NEWS of the planned demolition and redevelopment of Cumbernauld town centre has drawn much debate and attention.

Scottish castles featured in Outlander could be in dire need of repair due to soaring visitor numbers (The Scotsman, 13/3/22)
Historic Environment Scotland has developed a new course to attract more people to gain the skills necessary to survey at-risk historic properties.

Feminist town planning would work ‘hand-in-hand with misogyny report’ (The Scotsman, 13/3/22)
Eilidh Dickson, policy manager for Engender, said she was “really keen” to see feminist town planning being introduced as the Scottish Government welcomed “radical” reforms to combat misogyny.

Barbara Cummins: Advocating for a more understandable and effective planning system(3/3/22)
The Chair of the PAS Policy Group and Vice Chair of the PAS Board outlines the important role of the PAS Policy Group.

City leaders say almost all of Edinburgh’s most important historic buildings have now been saved (Edinburgh News, 11/3/22)
Only two Category ‘A’ listed buildings will remain ‘at risk’ in Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site once current or planned restoration work is complete – down 14 from a decade ago.

Phil Prentice: Communities key to future of city centres (1/3/22)
The Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership argues that Scotland’s new Town Centre Action Plan, to be launched in April, delivers a more holistic approach to placemaking.

Caitriona Jordan: Upskilling our existing workforce is key to getting apprentices ready for zero carbon (SCN, 9/3/22)
Scotland will not achieve zero carbon without a focus on upskilling and retraining those already in the sector, according to the head of retrofit programmes at Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.

Scottish planning authorities need support to deliver economic transformation (The Planner, 7/3/22)
The Scottish Property Federation (SPF) has called for additional resources for the planning system to support economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

A tale of two cities: Relevant considerations in appeals against listed building designation(2/3/22)
Cameron Greig of Morton Fraser lawyers reflects on the legal submissions on behalf of Historic Environment Scotland in the recent appealed listing of the Aberdeen tower blocks.

St Andrews: Fears historic cathedral and castle could be closed as tourists flock to town for 150th Open (Fife Today, 2/3/22)
“The ongoing and indefinite closure of both properties – apart from the visitor centre at St Andrews Castle – is causing concern amongst some residents and businesses”

Cultural tourism faces ‘double jeopardy’ in 2022 (Arts Professional, 1/3/22)
MPs warned that, for some attractions, “this year might be more financially challenging than the last two”.

Parliamentary Questions

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government 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”.

S6W-07194: Sharon Dowey, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: 10 March 2022
To ask the Scottish Government how many of Historic Environment Scotland’s properties are being left, as has been reported, to “gracefully die”.

S6W-07206Alasdair Allan, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/03/2022
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will urgently consider revising the criteria applied to insulation installations in the Western Isles, in light of reports that Tighean Innse Gall is no longer able to administer government-funded insulation projects due to the PAS 2035 standards causing demand for such schemes to collapse in the islands.

S6W-07149Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 March 2022
To ask the Scottish Government how much it has cost Historic Environment Scotland to erect and maintain scaffolding at the Dun Carloway Broch site since July 2019.

S6W-07282: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/03/2022
To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its response for the consultation, Building standards (fire safety).

Parliamentary Questions and Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government 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”.

S6O-00815: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23/02/2022
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that Historic Environment Scotland is considering criteria that could be used to identify sites that could be left to managed decline.
Taken in the Chamber on 03/03/2022

Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 02/02/2022
S6W-06097: Passivhaus standards for new build housing
Expected Answer date 02/03/2022
Answered by Patrick Harvie (01/03/2022)

Dean Lockhart, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25/02/2022
EPC rating requirements:
S6W-06900 Exemptions
S6W-06901 Timeline for introduction of regulations and enforcement
S6W-06902 Total cost for private rented sector and funding available
Answered by Patrick Harvie (07/03/2022)

S6W-06917: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25/02/2022
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has begun assessing the additional resourcing and skills requirements of the Fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4), and when it will prepare a strategy to address these requirements.
Answered by Tom Arthur (08/03/2022)

Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25/02/2022 R
The Housing to 2040 strategy:
S6W-06919: Skills audit and succession planning
S6W-06920: Developing next generation of professionals
Answered by Shona Robison (10/03/2022)

S6W-06589: Craig Hoy, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Date lodged: 24 February 2022
Projects funded as a result of the 2020 round of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund across eight local authorities.
Answered by Tom Arthur (08/03/2022)

S6W-06743: Daniel Johnson, Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour Date lodged: 24 February 2022
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of (a) how and (b) when the £3 million funding for city centre recovery will be spent, as announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy on 10 February 2022.
Answered by Kate Forbes on 8 March

S6W-06776: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow, Scottish Labour Date lodged: 24 February 2022
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any delays within the construction industry in (a) general and (b) relation to (i) workforce and (ii) material shortages, and what action it is taking to mitigate the impact of any delays on the construction of social housing.
Answered by Shona Robison on 10 March 2022Other Parliamentary Activity

Events

For the full list of BEFS Members’ upcoming events see our events calendar.

PAS: NPF4 Community Group Discussion Events
Tuesday 22 March, 12.30 – 14.00 – Zoom registration
Thursday 24 March, 19.00 – 20.30 – Zoom registration
The National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) will set the direction for planning in Scotland for the next ten years, looking towards 2045. As the deadline approaches for public consultation on the Draft (31 March 2022), PAS want to support as many communities to respond as possible.

Land Reuse Month: Week 4 – Develop a strategy 
Date & Time: 24 March, 09:30 – 12:40
Online
This year, Land Reuse Month is exploring how to support delivery of land reform in the public sector. The final morning of sessions asks: what does taking a strategic approach to land reuse in the public sector and delivering the public interest look like in practice? And how can strategies incorporate land reuse to help deliver benefits for communities, the environment and wellbeing? The sessions will look at community wealth building, innovative approaches to re-imagining our town centres, and what support and funding is available.

Town Centre Action Plan Series #5 – Heritage & Tourism
Date & Time: 24 March, 15:00 – 16:30
Location
Free to STP Members, £45 non-members
STP’s 2021 – 2022 CPD events are centred on the Town Centre Action Plan Review recommendations and in this fifth event in the series, we will focus on the themes of Heritage & Tourism. We will be joined by Historic Environment Scotland and Visit Scotland to discuss the impact of heritage and tourism on our towns and places. The session will provide context, as well as details of existing work and nationwide initiatives that town and place stakeholders can engage with.

RICS: Women in the Built Environment: Diversity, Inclusion, and Breaking Barriers
Date & Time: 28 March, 13:00 – 14:00
GoToWebinar
RICS is delighted to be supporting this important member-led event as part of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month in Scotland. It will give attendees the opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, experienced members and colleagues on how to support women in the profession, and drive diversity and inclusion across the industry. Discussion will focus on overcoming barriers to career progression, making flexible working work, meeting the needs of new entrants, and creating an inclusive workplace.

A&DS: Public Sector Client Forum – Rural Futures
Date & Time: 29 March, 10:00 – 13:30
Online
As Rural economies emerge from COVID-19 facing a series of challenges, this event looks at how the key institutions that guide our places can work together to solve the issues affecting our local economies. The Public Sector Client Forum is a place for public sector leaders to gather and learn how colleagues across the UK are taking innovative place-based approaches. We look at built environment strategies taking data-led approaches, harnessing investments to transform the local economy into a more equitable, climate resilient place.

SPAB: Milling Matters – Dusty Mill: Dusty Miller
Date & Time: 5 April, 12:00
Online
Our mills should not be old relics, gathering dust in private, they should be alive and gathering flour dust from daily milling activity. Karl Grevatt, talks about how he came to milling and how he proudly maintains and keeps Charlecote Mill running for his customers, the public and for the preservation of these centuries old buildings that for so long have been at the heart of their communities.

Training

HES Engine Shed: An Introduction to Solid Walls, Their Repair and Insulation Options
Date & Time: 25 March, 12noon
Online
In this free livestream session, Historic Environment Scotland experts Lila Angelaka and Roger Curtis will talk about solid walls to help you understand more about your older building. Solid walls are one of the defining features of traditional buildings. And they often need the right materials and techniques for their repair and retrofit. This session will look at the role of lime mortars in solid wall construction, and with the need of energy efficiency on everyone’s mind, discuss how they can be insulated.

A&DS: CPD Series on Traditional Building Maintenance
Lunchtime series; last Thursday of the month
Online
31 March: Roof Leadwork delivered by Steve McLennan of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC)
28 April: Stone Repair and Restoration by Graeme Frame and Marcus Paine of Stone Federation Great Britain (SFGB)
26 May: Roof Slating by Graeme Millar of the NFRC
30 June: Climate Change Adaptation for Traditional Buildings

HES Engine Shed: Energy Efficiency Course
Date & Time: 29-30 March, 09:00 – 17:00
Location: The Engine Shed, Stirling
This two-day course on energy efficiency measures for older and traditional buildings is accredited by the National Open College Network (NOCN). This Level 3 qualification provides an overview of older and traditional (pre-1919) buildings, the range of energy efficiency measures available, how to evaluate their suitability and how to recommend their installation.

Vacancies

Archaeology Scotland: Director
Salary: £44,000 to £50,000
Based in Musselburgh, East Lothian
Archaeology Scotland is seeking to appoint a new Director from July/August 2022.This is an exciting opportunity to play a leading role in the ongoing development of archaeology in Scotland. As the leading independent charity working to inspire people to discover, explore, care for and enjoy Scotland’s archaeological heritage, Archaeology Scotland have gained a wealth of experience with community engagement, volunteer management and professional best practice.
Closing date: 4 April

Doors Open Days: Volunteer Regional Coordinator
An enthusiastic volunteer or group of volunteers are sought to help coordinate Doors Open Days in the Highlands, Shetland and West Lothian. Doors Open Days is a cultural heritage festival that provides free physical and virtual access to over 1,000 sites and buildings across Scotland every September.
Commitment: A few hours a week June – October
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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A cross-sector call for ambition, imagination and investment ahead of May’s local elections.

BEFS has been working with Creative Edinburgh, Creative Lives, Go Industrial, Museums Association, Regional Screen Scotland, Scottish Contemporary Art Network, Scottish Council on Archives, and West of Scotland Regional Equality Council on a project led by Museums Galleries Scotland to form a Cultural Manifesto for the Local Government Elections. The manifesto demonstrates both the value of Culture & Heritage, but also sets out the asks needed to support cultural-heritage from a Local Government perspective.

Read the full Manifesto on the Museums Galleries Scotland website.

The call is centred around ambition, imagination and investment, with clear outcomes supporting and sustaining vibrant communities across Scotland. BEFS will be collaborating with partners across the sector to communicate the Manifesto to the political parties to build support ahead of May’s elections.

How culture and heritage supports both recovery, and contributes to economic development, health, wellbeing and education outcomes is highlighted. Local provision makes significant benefits to communities, both through cultural activies; but also through that sense of place – where our under-used civic sites can be reused (temporarily or permanently), enhancing our places. Pragmatic suggestions include considerations for multi-year funding; rates relief, and increased collaboration across services. The place of our cultural environment to support net-zero ambitions, both through our sites and through engagement activities is also made clear.

The range of partners involved in this process demonstrated not just the willingness to collaborate but the breadth of cultural-heritage impacts found at local level. The process of co-producing really aided collective understanding of what culture and heritage can support within any local community; if sustained and enabled to thrive.

In changing social and economic times there are ever more pulls on the public purse-strings. This manifesto helps to balance the understanding of the benefits of local delivery of cultural and heritage. All of our people deserve access to a rich diversity of culture and heritage provision – not only because it can stimulate the senses and provide educational benefits; but because these provisions support thriving places, bringing economic and health advantages. Whether meeting friends and family for a walk round a historic town centre, or attending a specific event within a new arts centre; the benefits are shown to extend wider than those directly involved.

We look forward to continuing to work with partners, supporting our places and their creative and cultural amenities in the run-up to the local elections. All parties have been sent the Manifesto and meetings are being arranged as necessary. Each party has a different approach to Local Manifesto making – but we remain hopeful that asks within the Culture and Heritage Manifesto can be taken on by political Parties throughout Scotland.

BEFS extends thanks to all participants in the process, and commends MGS for leading on this beneficial piece of work.

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BEFS News

The UK Government has published the Pre-Launch Guidance for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) alongside its Levelling Up White PaperA summary has been produced by The Heritage Alliance.

Historic Environment Scotland has released a blog post introducing the Our Place in Time 2020-2021 Annual Report, outlining the progress made in delivering Scotland’s historic environment strategy across key agendas. BEFS welcomes the comments from Culture Minister Neil Gray on the vital nature of the historic environment, and looks forward to working with the sector in relation to the formation of a new strategy, fit for the future.

A new £80 million Covid Economic Recovery Fund from the Scottish Government was announced by the First Minister on a visit to Essential Edinburgh with Scotland’s Towns Partnership. Meanwhile, members of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee visited Govan with SURF – Scotland’s Regeneration Forum to hear more about how the draft National Planning Framework 4 might impact the area.

SURF have also announced a series of Shared Learning Events in May, providing an opportunity to explore successful approaches to regeneration with winners and highly commended projects from the 2021 SURF Awards.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its new report, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, which starkly underlines the scale of the challenge ahead just four months on from COP26.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced the shortlist of 14 buildings in the running for the 2022 RIAS Awards.

The IHBC Marsh Awards 2022 are now open for nominations. The award is designed to recognise the contribution of an individual for their significant learning in traditional building activities and craft skills. Prizes include £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s Aberdeen 2022 Annual School in June. Nominations close 31 March.

The Scottish Civic Trust is recruiting for four new Trustees to help deliver an exciting and sector-leading range of priorities, aimed at celebrating Scotland’s built environment, taking action for its improvement, and empowering its communities.

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Consultations

NatureScot Consultation: Developing with Nature guidance
Closes 4 March 2022

New realities of retail and ecommerce in Scotland – Call for Views
The Scottish Parliament’s Economy and Fair Work Committee is seeking written views to inform its inquiry on town centres and retail.
Closes 16 March 2022

Local Development Planning – regulations and guidance: consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Open Space Strategies and Play Sufficiency Assessments: consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) – Public Consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Consultation Responses

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee: Scrutiny of the draft Fourth National Planning Framework (23/02/22)

BEFS Response: The Regulation of Energy Efficiency in Existing Non-Domestic Buildings: Call For Evidence (25/02/2022)

Publications

IPCC Sixth Assessment Report – Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (28/02/22)

Understanding Scotland: A New Survey for Scotland – Environment (Diffley Partnership, Charlotte Street Partners, SRUC, 02/2022)
In the wake of the recent COP26 conference in Glasgow, this report takes the pulse of the Scottish public on fundamental environmental issues and questions.

Rebuilding Heritage – Evaluation Summary
An external evaluation of the Rebuilding Heritage project, finalised in December 2021, has brought valuable insights into the needs of the heritage ecosystem.

20 Minute Neighbourhoods in Rural & Island Scotland: Report from practitioner roundtable(SRA, SR&ITC, SURF, January 2022)
The roundtable found that unintended negative impacts are likely to arise in rural communities when the 20 MN method is applied as part of top-down planning processes.

The economic, social and environmental benefits of stimulating repairs and improvements to the Scottish built environment to aid a green recovery from Covid-19 (Fraser of Allender Institute, 02/2021)

Accelerating the decarbonisation of Scottish infrastructure (Institute of Civil Engineers Scotland 1/03/22)
The report concludes that Scotland is still falling short of targets, and makes five key recommendations to ensure decarbonisation is embedded throughout infrastructure.

Our Place in Time 2020-2021 Annual Report (Historic Environment Scotland, 18/02/22)
Continued progress made in delivering Scotland’s historic environment strategy across key agendas including skills, education, equalities and digital engagement despite ongoing impact of COVID-19.

How Village Churches Thrive: A Practical Guide (Robert Atwell, Gill Ambrose, Helen Bent. Available for pre-order. Publication date: 30/06/2022)

Scottish Government Publications

Scotland’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation (Scottish Government, 1/03/22)
The Strategy sets out the priorities for Scotland’s economy as well as the actions needed to maximise the opportunities of the next decade to achieve our vision of a wellbeing economy.

£300m boost for climate friendly heating (Scottish Government, 21/02/22)
Homes and commercial properties across Scotland will benefit from the establishment of a new £300 million fund supporting the development and roll out of zero emission heat networks.

COVID Economic Recovery Fund (Scottish Government, 21/02/22)
A new £80 million Covid Economic Recovery Fund targeting support for businesses and communities will help Scotland as it moves to a new phase in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Further support for culture recovery (Scottish Government, 18/02/22)
Culture and events sectors to benefit from £16 million.

News Releases

Scottish architects show solidarity with Ukraine and offer help to students (1/03/22)
The president of the RIAS has declared the organisation’s support for all Ukrainian architects and citizens through ‘these tough and uncertain times’

Dundee Repertory Theatre granted A-listed status (Historic Environment Scotland, 17/02/22)
The Dundee theatre has been given a Category A listing following a six-week public consultation.

Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries could be ‘demolished’ to create urban neighbourhood (The Herald, 21/01/22)
The owner of the shopping centre is launching a public consultation and says the proposals are a response to the disruption facing retail.

Historic England Announces Grants Opportunities to Uncover the Nation’s Hidden Working Class Heritage (21/02/22)
Everyday Heritage Grants: Celebrating Working Class Histories will fund community-led and people-focused projects that aim to further the nation’s collective understanding of the past.

Women in Planning launch central Scotland branch (Scottish Housing News, 25/02/22)
The existing Glasgow Branch will expand to cover Edinburgh and surrounding areas.

New north-east university course will focus on energy efficiency of buildings (Grampian Online, 26/02/22)
The new course, PG Cert Building Retrofit, has been developed to improve the energy performance of the existing building stock and to help decarbonise and deliver a net zero carbon future.

Winners of Scottish Borders Design Awards announced (Scottish Construction Now, 28/02/22)
The Great Tapestry of Scotland building in Galashiels is among the winners.

Opinion & Comment

Not So Pretty Vacant: Transforming vacant and derelict land in Land Reuse Month – March 2022
Kathie Pollard, Policy and Practice Lead at the Scottish Land Commission highlights missed opportunity to address housing, climate and health challenges.

Stirling City Heritage Trust: Celebrating John Allan: A Man of Original Ideas
Lindsay Lennie explores the significance John Allan has for Stirling and explains why SCHT are remembering him on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Intangible Cultural Heritage support for Year of Stories 2022
Peter Hewitt, MGS’s new dedicated Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Officer, outlines the support available to successful applicants to the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund.

Radio: Planning, Housing and Politics (BBC R4, 21/02/22)
Focussing on the system in England, barrister and author Hashi Mohamed investigates how the planning system can adapt so we can build new homes without alienating voters.

Craig Hoy MSP: Concerned over castle closures (East Lothian Courier, 27/02/22)

Western Isles residents demand answers as popular tourist attraction remains closed three years on (P&J, 11/02/22)
MSP Donald Cameron has written to HES regarding the ongoing closure of Dun Carloway Broch on the Isle of Lewis.

Susan Mansfield: What if…?/Annan – what happened next?
Two years after the initial “What if…?/Scotland” workshop in Annan, the participants talk about how their ideas are moving forward.

Catriona Stewart: Glasgow’s built heritage is suffering from neglect and bad choices (The Herald, 21/02/22)

Liz Hamilton, Homes for Scotland: Scotland’s draft National Planning Framework 4 would likely make the housing crisis worse (The Scotsman, 22/02/22)

Parliamentary Questions

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government 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”.

Dean Lockhart, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25/02/2022
EPC rating requirements:
S6W-06900 Exemptions
S6W-06901 Timeline for introduction of regulations and enforcement
S6W-06902 Total cost for private rented sector and funding available

S6W-06917: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25/02/2022
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has begun assessing the additional resourcing and skills requirements of the Fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4), and when it will prepare a strategy to address these requirements.

Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25/02/2022 R
The Housing to 2040 strategy:
S6W-06919: Skills audit and succession planning
S6W-06920Developing next generation of professionals
S6W-06924: Affordability of Build To Rent homes in major cities

S6W-06589Craig Hoy, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Date lodged: 24 February 2022
Projects funded as a result of the 2020 round of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund across eight local authorities.

S6W-06743Daniel Johnson, Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour Date lodged: 24 February 2022
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of (a) how and (b) when the £3 million funding for city centre recovery will be spent, as announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy on 10 February 2022.

S6W-06809: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/02/2022
To ask the Scottish Government what recourse residents have where Residential Amenity Greenspace, as defined by a Local Development Plan, moves into private ownership and is not being maintained.

Parliamentary Questions and Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government 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”.

Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 02/02/2022
S6W-06099: monitoring and evaluation framework for the Heat in Buildings Strategy
S6W-06098: making public sector buildings net zero by 2030
Answered by Patrick Harvie (18/02/2022)
S6W-06096: Islands Energy Strategy (retrofitting)
Answered by Patrick Harvie (21/02/2022)

S6W-06104: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/02/2022
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider implementing the high quality shopfront design standards developed in Traditional Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme (TSIG) areas as a future planning requirement in Conservation Areas and in Listed Buildings, as part of the forthcoming update of the National Planning Framework.
Answered by Tom Arthur (25/02/2022)

S6W-06096: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats  
Date lodged: 2 February 2022
To ask the Scottish Government whether the Islands Energy Strategy will take account of the reportedly significantly higher costs of retrofitting in island communities.
Answered by Patrick Harvie on 21 February 2022

S6W-06371: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 07/02/2022 R
To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of housing stock in the private rented sector it anticipates will not be upgraded to at least an EPC rating of C by the required deadline; whether, as a result, such housing stock will be unavailable to rent, and, if so, what advice it will provide to people about where to find a suitable property to rent.
Answered by Patrick Harvie (21/02/2022)

 

Other Parliamentary Activity

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee – Meeting 22/02/22
Transcript of the NPF4 evidence session attended by Tom Arthur, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, Fiona Simpson (chief planner), Andy Kinnaird (head of planning transformation) and Helen Wood (head of planning performance).

Events

For the full list of BEFS Members’ upcoming events see our events calendar.

Draft National Planning Framework 4: Information & Discussion events
Date & Time: Series of events from 10 February to 10 March
Online
The Scottish Government has opened registration for online events during February and March, facilitated by Kevin Murray Associates (KMA) and PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) to raise awareness and share views about the Draft NPF4, in order to inform and support the preparation of responses to the consultation, which closes on 31 March 2022. Each session will focus on a specific action area, or policy theme from Draft NPF4. A full list of upcoming sessions and booking information is available here.
Thurs 3 March, 4.30 – 6pm – Distinctive Places
Tues 8 March, 4.30 – 6pm – North and West Coastal Innovation
Thurs 10 March, 4.30 – 6pm – Sustainable Place

ACHT: Conservation in Traditional Masonry – The Practitioner’s Perspective
Date & Time: 2 March, 19:00
Online
Hans Norling, director of Masonry and Lime Ltd, will discuss his 20 years in the masonry conservation business in general and his company’s work at Provost Skene House, Aberdeen in particular.

RTPI: Draft NPF4 Engagement Events
7 March, 16:00 – Scottish Young Planners
9 March, 16:00 – Central Scotland Chapter
These interactive events will be looking at the draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) which was published at the end of 2021. A panel of speakers will each give a short presentation setting out their thoughts on the draft Framework followed by a panel discussion.

SPAB: Milling Matters – Lifecycles of Textile Mills
Date & Time: 8 March, 12:00
Online
The best use for a building might be its next use, and not the one for which it was built. Textile mills that survive today are almost all in their second or third use, something unimaginable to their builders. Industrial Heritage expert Mark Watson will give his overview of how textile mills can be rejuvenated and put to new purposes.

RTPI: Central Scotland Chapter AGM and Annual Member Meeting
Date & Time: 9 March, 3:15
Online
RTPI members with interests in Central Chapter area are invited to attend the Chapter’s Annual General Meeting 2022. The meeting will provide an opportunity for members to find out more about the role and purpose of the Chapter, forthcoming events and activities and opportunities to help out or join the organising committee.
 
Falkland Society: Working collaboratively with clients, artists and craftspeople: the wonders of Jupiter Artland
Date & Time: 9 March, 19:00
Online
Ben Tindall will talk about the achievements of this contem­porary sculpture park and art gallery (at Bonnington House, 7 km west of Edinburgh) and the threats it now faces.

Scottish Futures Trust: A Place for Everything
Date & Time: 9 March, 10:30
Online
Living well locally is a key ambition of Scottish Government’s Programme for Government. This webinar will help illustrate how the process for improved place-based decision making outlined in the newly-published Place Guide can be put into practice in your own area.

RSA Fellows’ R+EINS Network: NPF4: Any Questions?
Date & Time: 10 March, 18:00 – 19:30
Online
Join a panel including BEFS Director Ailsa Macfarlane and pose your own questions on the draft NPF4. This event, designed and delivered by the RSA Fellows’ Rural + Environmental Issues Network Scotland, is open to all with an interest in any aspect of planning and the NPF4 content, irrespective of their discipline, or immediate professional or personal interests.

SoAoS: Connecting tools and materials in the Dutch Late Neolithic
Date & time: 14 March, 18:00
Location: National Museum of Scotland Auditorium, and live-streamed via YouTube
Archaeological artefacts are frequently studied in isolation and not as part of a toolkit. This lecture will show how a combination of use-wear analysis and experimental archaeology reveals the interconnectivities between different tools and activities, showing details about past human life that otherwise remain hidden.

AHSS: Contrasting Outcomes/Consistent Approach
Date & Time: 14 March, 18:30
Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Join the AHSS Forth & Borders Group for a talk on architecture, sustainability and urban design with Rab Bennetts. Rab will focus on two contrasting projects for the University of Edinburgh – the Potterrow development (2003-18) and the Futures Institute (on going) – revealing a consistent attitude to architecture, urban design and sustainability.

STP: Town Centre Action Plan Series #4 – Climate
Date & Time: 15 March, 14:00 – 15:30
Online
Free to STP Members, £45 non-members.
STP’s 2021 – 2022 CPD events are centred on the Town Centre Action Plan Review recommendations and in this fourth event in the series, we will focus on the theme of Climate. Dr Emilie Wadsworth, Director of Development at the Green Action Trust will provide us with the context around how we work towards achieving Net Zero in our towns and places. We will then get the chance to learn about two real life examples of different models in practice; one urban and one rural.

Training

A&BS: Introduction to Sponsoring Culture – for businesses
Date & Time: 10 March, 10:00 to 12:00
Online
This short session will explore a range of tools and tactics to develop a successful cultural partnership that delivers strong results against business objectives. The session will include recommendations for selecting a partner, ideas for high-impact activation, and tips for structuring your partnership to maximise benefits.

A&BS: Telling It Like It Is – Effective Copywriting
Date & Time: 15 & 16 March, 10am-1pm
Online
This training session is aimed at anyone looking to improve their copywriting skills to support their fund-raising activities. Offering a combination of project-based, hands-on writing exercises with tips, techniques and critical theory, the session explores the five stages of the copywriting process over two half-day sessions. While the training provides a specific focus on writing a case for support, the resulting learning can be applied to all kinds of fundraising communications.

SHBT: Surveying and Inspecting Traditional Buildings
Date & Time: 22 March, 09:30 – 16:00
Location: Jedburgh Town Hall
This full-day working is tailored to industry professionals looking to expand their knowledge of traditional building surveying. Delivered by Frew Conservation for the Jedburgh CARS, the workshop will cover various survey techniques, including structural, high-level and non-destructive investigation methods.

SHBT: Treating Dampness in Traditional Buildings
Date & Time: 22 March, 18:00 – 19:45
Location: Jedburgh Town Hall
This free evening session delivered by Frew Conservation for Jedburgh CARS is ideal for homeowners interested in learning how to identify and treat common problems like dampness in traditional buildings. The session will comprise a 40-minute talk, a 40-minute practical demonstration, and a 30-minute Q&A session.

HES Engine Shed: An Introduction to Solid Walls, Their Repair and Insulation Options
Date & Time: 25 March, 12noon
Online
In this free livestream session, Historic Environment Scotland experts Lila Angelaka and Roger Curtis will talk about solid walls to help you understand more about your older building. Solid walls are one of the defining features of traditional buildings. And they often need the right materials and techniques for their repair and retrofit. This session will look at the role of lime mortars in solid wall construction, and with the need of energy efficiency on everyone’s mind, discuss how they can be insulated.

A&DS: CPD Series on Traditional Building Maintenance
Lunchtime series; last Thursday of the month
Online
31 March: Roof Leadwork delivered by Steve McLennan of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC)
28 April: Stone Repair and Restoration by Graeme Frame and Marcus Paine of Stone Federation Great Britain (SFGB)
26 May: Roof Slating by Graeme Millar of the NFRC
30 June: Climate Change Adaptation for Traditional Buildings

HES Engine Shed: Energy Efficiency Course
Date & Time: 29-30 March, 09:00 – 17:00
Location: The Engine Shed, Stirling
This two-day course on energy efficiency measures for older and traditional buildings is accredited by the National Open College Network (NOCN). This Level 3 qualification provides an overview of older and traditional (pre-1919) buildings, the range of energy efficiency measures available, how to evaluate their suitability and how to recommend their installation.

Vacancies

Historic Environment Scotland: Training Manager
Hours: 37 hours a week
Salary: £34,303 – £39,873
This post involves leading the delivery of a range of technical training with a focus on the delivery of the High Level Fabric Project. This project has been established to survey, assess and record the condition of the buildings in our care and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. The postholder will initially focus on establishing the delivery of the Diploma in ‘Surveying, Assessing and Recording the Condition of Built Assets for Conservation’ (a bespoke qualification that has been developed by HES) as well as existing traditional building and memorial repair qualifications and training before taking forward other technical course delivery required for this project.
Closing date: 9 March

Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust: Perth Lower City Mills Development Officer
1-Year Fulltime Fixed-Term Contract
Salary: £30,000 p.a.
PKHT have secured Development Phase funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NHLF), to develop a £2.7 million project to fully restore the A-Listed Lower City Mills, Perth, including restoration of its rare working machinery, afford public access, establish a heritage skills and conservation hub and a centre for Scottish mills and milling. This role will lead on the NLHF Delivery Phase submission, with other staff and Trustees.
Closing date: 18 March

Doors Open Days: Volunteer Regional Coordinator
An enthusiastic volunteer or group of volunteers are sought to help coordinate Doors Open Days in the Highlands, Shetland and West Lothian. Doors Open Days is a cultural heritage festival that provides free physical and virtual access to over 1,000 sites and buildings across Scotland every September.
Commitment: A few hours a week June – October
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Doors Open Days are seeking volunteer Regional Coordinators in the Highlands, Shetland and West Lothian.

An enthusiastic volunteer or group of volunteers are sought to help coordinate Doors Open Days in the Highlands, Shetland and West Lothian. Doors Open Days is a cultural heritage festival that provides free physical and virtual access to over 1,000 sites and buildings across Scotland every September.

Role description

You will put together the local Doors Open Days programme by approaching local venues about participating in Doors Open Days; confirming their details; and then uploading these details to the national Doors Open Days website. You will also be responsible for promoting your programme by contacting local press and spreading the word through your local networks. After the festival, you will collect feedback from local venues about their experience.

Salary: Voluntary

Hours: A few hours a week, June to October

Find out more here.

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BEFS News

The conversation around future prioritisation of Scotland’s historic sites continued last week in the Sunday Post, with BEFS Board members Ian Baxter and Peter Drummond agreeing that hard choices lie ahead. In the Arctic Circle, the question of what to keep and what to let go is addressed on a grand scale in the Kiruna Masterplan: how do you move a city two miles to the east, while preserving its character and collective memory? To see how decisions are made here, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have released a new short film explaining their role in the planning system.

Following the unveiling of their refreshed Grants Framework, Historic Environment Scotland have announced that their new Heritage & Place Programme will launch on 30 March. This programme will replace and build on HES’ Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) funding programme, with key changes including the introduction of a two-stage application process with a match-funded Development Phase and the removal of requirement for schemes to be solely in conservation areas. Full guidance will be published on 30 March, with those wishing to note their interest invited to email HES.

BEFS notes with interest the launch of a National Retrofitting Scheme in Ireland, which aims to make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to undertake home energy upgrades.

In measures aiming to improve the planning process, Scottish Government have announced the first increase to standard planning application fees in eight years. RTPI will be undertaking Scottish Government Funded research with Heads of Planning Scotland and the Improvement Service exploring options to support the growth of entrants into the planning profession. And, RICS have published new guidance on the Planned Preventative Maintenance of Commercial and Residential Property.

Two new Board members are sought for Architecture & Design Scotland. Scottish Ministers are particularly interested in people who understand how the built environment can help tackle the climate emergency through collaborative place-making and community engagement. Previous board experience is not required.

It’s the final opportunity to submit pictures to the Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Photography competition, which is open to young people aged 4-18. Entries close on 20 February.

Finally, six weeks remain to enter the SPAB Heritage Awards 2022. New categories this year include the Best Loved Award and the Sustainable Heritage Award, while the John Betjeman Award returns to celebrate excellence in the repair of places of worship of all denominations and faiths. Entries close 28 March.

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Consultations

NatureScot Consultation: Developing with Nature guidance
Closes 4 March 2022

New realities of retail and ecommerce in Scotland – Call for Views
The Scottish Parliament’s Economy and Fair Work Committee is seeking written views to inform its inquiry on town centres and retail.
Closes 16 March 2022

Local Development Planning – regulations and guidance: consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Open Space Strategies and Play Sufficiency Assessments: consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) – Public Consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Publications

National Planning Framework (NPF4): Published Reponses to the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee Call for Views

Culture in Crisis: Impacts of Covid-19 on the UK cultural sector and where we go from here (Centre for Cultural Value)

Low Cost/No Cost Tips for Sustainability in Cultural Heritage (24/01/22)

Scotland’s top charity leaders: how diverse are they? (David Hume Institute, 02/2022)

Evaluating The Impacts of Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Development (UK National Commission for UNESCO and PRAXIS, 10/02/22)

Connecting Practice: A Commentary on Nature-Culture Keywords (ICOMOS,10/01/22)
A resource for heritage practitioners and researchers who are working in the interdisciplinary field that links natural and cultural heritage conservation.

Scottish Government Publications

Building Standards verification performance framework – national customer satisfaction survey: survey findings 2021(03/02/22)

UK Parliament Publications

House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee: Decarbonising heat in homes (03/02/22)
The report calls on the UK Government to work with stakeholders to produce a roadmap for transition as it criticises a lack of detail in the Heat and Buildings Strategy published in October 2021.

News Releases

Progress at a Pace at Balmacara Community Trust (Heritage Trust Network)
An update on the project to restore The Old Mill Hall within the NTS Estate of Balmacara.

‘Destitute’ Galashiels flats to get a new lease of life (Southern Reporter, 05/02/22)
A planning application has been submitted to for the refurbishment of the category C Listed tenement block.

Confirmed: Five Aberdeen high-rise buildings to be given A-listed status as council drops appeal (Press and Journal, 07/02/22)
Gilcomstoun Land, Seamount Court and Porthill Court at Gallowgate, as well as Marischal Court and Virginia Court at Castlehill, now have the highest historic protections.

RIBA demands mass retrofit of 3.3m interwar homes to tackle fuel poverty (Architects’ Journal, 14/02/22)
RIBA’s Homes for Heroes report urges the government to focus a new National Retrofit Strategy on updating 3.3m homes in England that were built between 1919 and 1939.

Glasgow to be transformed into ‘thriving, climate resistant’ city in £10m project (Project Scotland, 15/02/22)
University of Glasgow researchers will work with Glasgow City Council supported by funding from the Natural Environment Research Council to create transformational projects across the city.

‘Every year it astounds us’: the Orkney dig uncovering Britain’s stone age culture (The Guardian, 15/02/22)
Many of the most intriguing finds from the Ness of Brodgar will be on show at the British Museum this month in a new exhibition, the World of Stonehenge.

Opinion & Comment

Louise Wilson: ‘A sense of joy’: Embracing community spaces in planning (Holyrood Magazine, 03/02/22)
The success of Cruyff Courts in Aberdeen demonstrates the many benefits of public spaces.

David Mitchell: Having a laugh in church? God forbid (The Guardian, 06/02/22)
A cathedral’s plan to host standup comedy has been criticised, but if it keeps places of worship relevant I’m a believer.

Lesley Riddoch: Rural Scotland needs a more inspiring plan for the future (The Herald, 07/02/22)
The draft NPF4 leaves Scotland’s rural communities at the margins.

Martin Jarvie: Retrofitting buildings is the greenest strategy (The Scotsman, 08/02/22)
Reuse and retrofit can not only slash emissions but give unloved buildings a repurpose, retaining their legacies.

Alison Bembenek: Material Considerations: Climate change, embodied carbon and the role of planners (Lichfields, 11/2/22)
This blog takes a closer look at the potential implications of emerging policies for embodied carbon in planning.

Stewart Dalgarno: Building new homes while meeting climate targets is possible (Project Scotland, 14/02/22)
The Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of Homes (AIMCH) project the housebuilding industry a way to continue to improve the sector’s environmental performance.

Johannes Novy: Urban makers: why the city of the future needs to be productive (The Conversation, 14/02/22)
The European Union’s key policy document for sustainable urban development aims to enable and promote new forms of mixed-use development, that go beyond adding a retail shop at the foot of a block of flats.

Parliamentary Questions

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government 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”.

Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 02/02/2022
S6W-06099: monitoring and evaluation framework for the Heat in Buildings Strategy
S6W-06098: making public sector buildings net zero by 2030
S6W-06097: Passivhaus standards for new build housing
S6W-06096: Islands Energy Strategy (retrofitting)

S6W-06104: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/02/2022
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider implementing the high quality shopfront design standards developed in Traditional Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme (TSIG) areas as a future planning requirement in Conservation Areas and in Listed Buildings, as part of the forthcoming update of the National Planning Framework.

S6W-06578Craig Hoy, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/02/2022
To ask the Scottish Government (a) how much funding did each project receive and (b) how many jobs were created by each project as a result of the 2020 round of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

S6W-06606Craig Hoy, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: 15 February 2022
To ask the Scottish Government what additional support it has provided to Historic Environment Scotland to enable Tantallon Castle, Dirleton Castle, Seton Collegiate Church and Hailes Castle, in East Lothian, to reopen.

Parliamentary Questions and Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Scottish Government 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”.

S6W-05814: Stephen Kerr (Central Scotland) (Con), Date lodged: 20 January 2022
To ask the Scottish Government what work is underway with local authorities to develop the necessary capacity building and training to ensure a planning system fit for net zero is established by 2022.
Answered by Minister for Public Finance, Planning & Community Wealth, Tom Arthur

S6W-05813: Stephen Kerr (Central Scotland) (Con), Date lodged: 20 January 2022
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has sent a letter to all local authorities to emphasise the importance of addressing the climate emergency in all planning decisions, including in major developments.
Answered by Tom Arthur on 1 February 2022

Liam Kerr (North East Scotland) (Con), Date lodged: 20 January 2022
Heat in Buildings Strategy:
S6W-05804financial implications for rural householders
S6W-05803: consultation process
Answered by Patrick Harvie on 1 February 2022

S6W-05962: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/01/2022
To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made on implementing the recommendations of the Scottish Parliamentary Working Group on Tenement Maintenance in relation to owners (a) in tenements forming owners’ associations, (b) and building reserve funds and (c) and five-yearly building condition reports, which it committed to support through voluntary and incremental change until legislation is in place. R
Answered by Shona Robison (07/02/2022)

S6W-05963: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/01/2022 R
To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the Scottish Law Commission in relation to carrying out a law reform project to provide a draft Bill that would implement the recommendations of the Scottish Parliamentary Working Group on Tenement MaintenanceR
Answered by Shona Robison (09/02/2022)

S6W-05784: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: 25 January 2022
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to enforce the incorporation of whole life carbon into the costing of all public sector investment and spending decisions.
Answered by Michael Matheson on 3 February 2022

Alex Rowley, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour 
Date lodged: 25 January 2022
Passivhaus standards for newbuild housing:
S6W-05871 recommendations by Climate Assembly
S6W-05872 impact on bills and emissions
S6W-05873 climate targets
Answered by Patrick Harvie on 2 February 2022

Motions

Motion S6M-03134
The Restoration of Govan’s Elder Park Gates and K13 Memorial
Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour,
Date Lodged: 11/02/2022
Congratulations to Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) on the successful restoration of the memorial to the 1917 K13 submarine disaster, and historic main gate to Elder Park in Govan.

Events

For the full list of BEFS Members’ upcoming events see our events calendar.

Draft National Planning Framework 4: Information & Discussion events
Date & Time: Series of events from 10 February to 10 March
Online
The Scottish Government has opened registration for online events during February and March, facilitated by Kevin Murray Associates (KMA) and PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) to raise awareness and share views about the Draft NPF4, in order to inform and support the preparation of responses to the consultation, which closes on 31 March 2022. Each session will focus on a specific action area, or policy theme from Draft NPF4. A full list of upcoming sessions and booking information is available here.
Wed 23 Feb, 4.30 – 6pm – Southern Sustainability
Thurs 24 Feb, 12.30 – 2pm – Productive Places
Tues 1 March, 12.30 – 2pm – Central Urban Transformation

Aberdeen City Heritage Trust: Surveying 800 Years of Fyvie Castle
Date & Time: 16 February, 19:00
Online
From palisades to palace to party pad: Annie Robertson Surveyor, National Trust for Scotland, will provide an overview of the architectural development of the castle from its early occupation in the 13thC right through to the 20thC, along with some of the key challenges in looking after it today.

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust: Introducing Traditional Ironwork
Date & Time: 22 February, 18:00
Online
Wrought and cast iron were popular and widely-used materials during the 19th Century. Much of this material survives today, often still performing its original function, whether it’s a set of railings outside someone’s home, or a footbridge over a railway line. In this talk, Ali Davey from Historic Environment Scotland provides an insight into the history of traditional ironwork and some guidance on how to care for it.

Heritage Trust Network: Network Day
Date & Time: 23 February, 09.30
Online
At the first HTN Network Day you can learn about business planning, get an update from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, get answers to your problems and challenges from our panel of experts, and find out about holiday accommodation as a business opportunity for heritage sites. Sign up for the day – attend the sessions that interest you – share the day with colleagues. Attendees must be members of HTN (Connect membership is free).

Scottish Civic Trust: Community heritage in a (post)COVID world
Date & Time: 25 February, 12:00 – 14:00
Online
The onset of COVID-19 saw Scotland’s heritage organisations pivot to digitally engaging with audiences and volunteers on social media and video conferencing platforms. Amidst all the changes brought on by the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 called on heritage organisations to address racism, slavery, empire and colonialism. Join us on 25 February to reflect on all we’ve learned in the past two years and discuss how to engage audiences with community heritage in our post-COVID world.

Conferences

New Lanark 2022: A Living Legacy
Date & Time: 1–3 March, 9:00 – 20:00
Location: New Lanark Mill
New Lanark Trust will be hosting a special anniversary conference marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Owen, the site’s most famous advocate, as well as the 20th anniversary of UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription. Speakers will celebrate New Lanark’s remarkable journey, from Robert Owen to World Heritage and beyond, exploring legacies of social reform and heritage-led regeneration.

CITiZAN Conference: Connecting Coastal Heritage, Communities and Climate Change
Date & Time: 5 March, 09:30
Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool, and Online
The UK, as an island nation, is home to thousands of coastal communities that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – whether that is from the loss of livelihoods, homes or even entire landscapes. This conference explores the opportunities and challenges of understanding these coastal processes and the impact that they have on our shoreline heritage and on the communities who live along them.

Vacancies

The Cockburn Association: Assistant Director (Fundraising and Outreach)
Hours: Full time with possibility of flexible working and hours
Location: Old Town, Edinburgh with flexibility for hybrid, home-working arrangements
Salary: £27,000
Closing date: 25 February

National Lottery Heritage Fund: Engagement Manager (Fixed Term)
Fixed term until 31 Dec 2022
Secondments and part-time or flexible working arrangements considered.
The primary purpose of this post is to engage a wider range of people with heritage. If you are excited about helping ensure that heritage is inclusive and accessible to everyone, for now and future generations, then we want to hear from you.
Closing date: 1 March

Green Action Trust: Multiple Roles
The Green Action Trust is Scotland’s leading environmental regeneration charity, working with a range of private, public and third sector partners to deliver positive action across the country to help Scotland achieve its climate change ambitions. GAT is looking to add additional capacity in order to increase, substantially, their environmental impact for communities across Scotland. Energetic, passionate, and committed people are sought to fill the following six roles:
Central Scotland Green Network – Programme Manager (Up to £45,000)
Development Manager (Up to £40,000)
Development Officer x 2 (Up to £35,000)
Project Manager x 2 (Up to £35,000)

Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust: Perth Lower City Mills Development Officer
1-Year Fulltime Fixed-Term Contract
Salary: £30,000 p.a.
PKHT have secured Development Phase funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NHLF), to develop a £2.7 million project to fully restore the A-Listed Lower City Mills, Perth, including restoration of its rare working machinery, afford public access, establish a heritage skills and conservation hub and a centre for Scottish mills and milling. This role will lead on the NLHF Delivery Phase submission, with other staff and Trustees.
Closing date: 18 March

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BEFS News

BEFS congratulates Neil Gray on his appointment as Minister for Culture, Europe & International Development, and looks forward to working together. Warm wishes to Willie Coffey who is the new deputy convenor of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee, succeeding Elena Whitham who now convenes the Social Justice & Social Security Committee.

On 25 January BEFS gave evidence on the draft NPF4 to the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee, along with BEFS Members RIAS, RTPI Scotland, Planning Democracy, and Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS). BEFS evidence reflected our ongoing engagement with Members on NPF4, with further opportunities to input planned for early March.

Scotland’s heritage was front page news last Sunday, as Dr David Mitchell of Historic Environment Scotland (HES) suggested that some sites could be left to fall into managed decay rather than being conserved. BEFS supports the public nature of this debate, and in line with our previous work on prioritisation, champions a holistic approach to all of our existing built environment. On the blog, BEFS vice-Chair Ian Baxter, Professor of Historic Environment Management at Heriot-Watt University, continues the conversation by asking whether we are heading for a good death for Scotland’s heritage.

HES has also this week unveiled its refreshed grant programmes following a review of the existing schemes and a wider public consultation. The new programmes will be rolling out through 2022. You can keep up to date with developments at HES via their new e-newsletter, Lintel.

The partnership behind the Place Standard tool have launched a new website – Our Place  – devoted to promoting the benefits of place and place-based working. The site will help to support communities, public, third and private sectors to take forward place-based approaches, helping to make positive differences across communities in Scotland.

Entries are now open for the RTPI Scotland Awards for Planning Excellence. Submissions are open until 11 March.

Museums Galleries Scotland have shared details of the new Museums Recovery Fund from Scottish Government. Applicants should contact MGS regarding their proposed applications by 25 February.

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Consultations

Building Regulations – Compliance And Enforcement: Consultation
Closes 4 February 2022

Heat in buildings – National Public Energy Agency: consultation – call for evidence 2021/2022
Closes 8 February 2022

NatureScot Consultation: Developing with Nature guidance
Closes 4 March 2022

New realities of retail and ecommerce in Scotland – Call for Views
The Scottish Parliament’s Economy and Fair Work Committee is seeking written views to inform its inquiry on town centres and retail.
*NEW* Closes 16 March 2022

Local Development Planning – regulations and guidance: consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Open Space Strategies and Play Sufficiency Assessments: consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) – Public Consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Consultation Responses

BEFS Response to the Role of Local Government and its cross sectoral partners in financing and delivering a net-zero Scotland – consultation (21/01/2022)

Culture Counts: Consultation on Energy Efficiency of Non-Domestic Buildings (20/01/22)

Edinburgh World Heritage: Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Legacy Review consultation response (21/01/22)

Publications

Historic Environment Scotland Grants Framework 2021 Onwards (31/01/22)

Historic Environment Scotland COVID-19 Sector Survey Reports (24/01/22)

Future of Arts & Culture: Drivers and Impacts for the Next Decade
An international study based on 300 participants, leaders in museums, galleries, performing arts, music, funding organizations, curators and producers.

Land Reform and Taxation: Advice to Scottish Ministers (Scottish Land Commission, 01/2022)
This report sets out the Scottish Land Commission’s advice on the role of taxation in supporting current land reform objectives.

NPF4: Mainstreaming Climate Change? (SPICe Spotlight, 21/01/22)

NPF4 and the nature emergency (SPICe Spotlight, 21/01/22)

Architecture & Design Scotland Annual Review 2021

Scottish Civic Trust Doors Open Day 2021 Report

DASH report 2021: from pandemic to future planning (25/01/22)
The second Digital Attitudes and Skills for Heritage (DASH) survey report offers a unique insight into how the UK heritage sector’s use of digital has evolved during the pandemic.

Scottish Government Publications

Planning circular 1/2022: Local Place Plans (21/01/22)

Short-term lets legislation approved (19/01/22)

Short term lets – licensing scheme part 1: guidance for hosts and operators (25/01/22)

Scottish Household Survey 2020 – telephone survey: key findings (28/01/22)
Includes findings on Housing, Neighbourhoods and Communities, Culture and Heritage.

News Releases

New measures to manage impact of climate change on Scotland’s national heritage sites (SCN, 21/01/22)
The HES programme of tactile condition surveys on over 200 properties will assess the extent of deterioration of high-level masonry.

Pandemic has cost some places nearly a years’ worth of high street sales (Centre for Cities, 24/01/22)
Edinburgh lost nearly a years’ worth of sales during the pandemic, while Aberdeen saw a 5.6% increase in unit vacancy.

Charity to build first broch in Scotland for more than 2000 years (STV News, 25/01/22)
Archaeological charity Caithness Broch Project has released a digital image of what the attraction is expected to look like.

In pictures: Scotland’s climate story in art and images (BBC, 26/01/22)
The winners of the Historic Environment Scotland Visions of Climate Heritage competition have been unveiled.

Investigation into Glasgow School of Art fire fails to find “definitive cause” (Dezzen, 26/01/22)

Local place plans circular published (The Planner, 28/01/22)

Braemar Castle secures funding to begin restoration (SBI, 31/01/22)
After three years of community fundraising, capital works at Scotland’s first community-run castle are getting under way.

Opinion & Comment

LGiU Blog: Seven Scottish towns take action against climate change (24/01/22)
Anja Ekelof, Communications Manager at Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) discusses the company’s role in the ‘Climate Action Towns project’.

Agenda: Scotland’s Covid recovery will grow successfully from nation’s grassroots (The Herald, 25/01/22)
Phil Prentice, chief officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, argues that the only truly sustainable way to rebuild our national economy is by starting locally.

Edinburgh World Heritage: On-street communal bins – Updated Statement (28/01/22)
EWH has raised concerns that proposed mitigation measures do not go far enough to prevent harm to the World Heritage Site.

Leigh Sparks: Stirling – all at C (28/01/22)
Comments on Stirling’s plans for an out-of-town retail and mixed-use development, from Leigh Sparks, the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling.

Gabriella Bennett: Why we still need a ‘crap towns’ list (The Sunday Times, 30/01/22)
A side effect of highlighting inequalities is that those in local government who control the purse strings take notice after a public shaming.

What price heritage? Scotland’s ancient buildings to be left to the elements (The Herald on Sunday, 30/01/22)
Dr David Mitchell, HES Director of Conservation, examines the challenges of protecting the nation’s historic structures.

Rosemary Goring: Should Scotland’s most historic buildings be allowed to fall into ruins? (The Herald, 2/02/22)
Sadly, preserving everything as it currently stands will soon not be possible.

Calls to allow people to return to Edinburgh’s Radical Road (BBC, 2/02/22)
The route has been closed for more than three years after 50 tonnes of rock fell from cliffs onto the path.

The Construction Material Pyramid (CINARK – Centre for Industrialised Architecture)
A visual interactive tool comparing the carbon footprints of different construction materials.

Parliamentary Questions

Questions marked with a triangle are initiated by the Scottish Government 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”.

S6W-05962: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/01/2022
To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made on implementing the recommendations of the Scottish Parliamentary Working Group on Tenement Maintenance in relation to owners (a) in tenements forming owners’ associations, (b) and building reserve funds and (c) and five-yearly building condition reports, which it committed to support through voluntary and incremental change until legislation is in place.

S6W-05963: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/01/2022 R
To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the Scottish Law Commission in relation to carrying out a law reform project to provide a draft Bill that would implement the recommendations of the Scottish Parliamentary Working Group on Tenement Maintenance.

S6W-06013: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: 28 January 2022
To ask the Scottish Government what resources it plans to invest in order to enable regional and local institutions to apply deliberative approaches to engage civic society in planning for the net zero future of their communities and places.

S6W-05784: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: 25 January 2022
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to enforce the incorporation of whole life carbon into the costing of all public sector investment and spending decisions.

Alex Rowley, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour 
Date lodged: 25 January 2022
Passivhaus standards for newbuild housing:
S6W-05871 recommendations by Climate Assembly
S6W-05872 impact on bills and emissions
S6W-05873 climate targets

Parliamentary Questions & Answers

Questions marked with a triangle are initiated by the Scottish Government 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”.

Mark Griffin (Central Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Government:
S6W-05774 what steps it takes to audit the quality of past energy efficiency and retrofit works, and what its plans are to review works where it is found that PAS 2035 standards have not been met.
S6W-05775 when it will require compliance with PAS 2035 standards for its energy efficiency and retrofit delivery programmes.
Answered by Patrick Harvie on 27 January 2022

S6W-05796: Alasdair Allan, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date lodged: 20 January 2022
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will reconsider the extent to which PAS 2030 and PAS 2035 ventilation standards need to be applied in its Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Schemes (HEEPS: ABS) and Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Warmer Homes Scotland (HEEPS: WHS) programme for homes in rural areas with high average windspeeds.
Answered by Patrick Harvie on 27 January 2022

S6W-05673: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: 17 January 2022
To ask the Scottish Government when in 2022 it expects the consultation on detailed proposals for introducing regulations on minimum standards of energy efficiency for all private housing to begin; what the duration of the consultation period will be, and when it expects to publish the results of the consultation.
Answered by Patrick Harvie on 24 January 2022

Events

For the full list of BEFS Members’ upcoming events see our events calendar.

Falkland Society: Rory Young: His Life and Work
Date & Time: 9 February, 19:00
Online
Rory is a stone sculptor and ‘artificer’, one who makes things, always well-considered and beautiful. He has been called the ‘Prince Charming of the ‘Lime Revival in Britain’. He carried out the lime-based works to the Sea Captain’s House in Kirkcaldy. The West Doorway of York Minster is probably his most famous work.

Glasgow City Heritage Trust: Where are the Women?
Date & Time: 9 February, 19:30
Online
Can you imagine a different Glasgow, a city where women are commemorated in statues and streets and buildings? Join author Sara Sheridan as she talks about her guidebook to that alternative city. Her 2019 book Where are the Women? remaps Scotland as if women’s achievements were memorialised in our built and rural landscape in the same way as men’s are.

Aberdeen City Heritage Trust: Retrofit the North – Calum Maclean Architect
Date & Time: 9 February, 19:00 – 20:00
Online
In this first Aberdeen Heritage Lecture of 2022 and following COP26 in Glasgow last year , Calum will provide insights into how to go about retrofitting traditionally constructed and historic buildings.

RSA MCICH: International Cultural Relations: Evaluation And Evidence
Date & Time: 9th February 1800-1930
Online
RSA Fellows’ Media, Creative Industries Culture & Heritage Network extends an invitation to all to register for “International Cultural Relations: Evaluation and Evidence” with speakers Ian Thomas (British Council) and Professor J P Singh (George Mason University USA, and formerly of University of Edinburgh).

Draft National Planning Framework 4: Information & Discussion events
Date & Time: Series of events from 10 February to 10 March
Online
The Scottish Government has opened registration for online events during February and March, facilitated by Kevin Murray Associates (KMA) and PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) to raise awareness and share views about the Draft NPF4, in order to inform and support the preparation of responses to the consultation, which closes on 31 March 2022. Each session will focus on a specific action area, or policy theme from Draft NPF4. Upcoming events are:
Thurs 10 Feb, 12.30 – 2pm – Northeast Transition
Tues 15 Feb, 12.30 – 2pm – Northern Revitalisation
Thurs 17 Feb, 4.30 – 6pm – Liveable Places

AHSS: Not Dead Space – Edinburgh’s Five World Heritage Site Graveyards
Date & Time: 14 February, 18:30
Online
Dr Susan Buckham describes the history, development and significance of the five WHS burial grounds over their long lifetimes and explores how best to breathe new life into them in a sustainable way, in order to support their heritage values and their role as urban greenspaces.

Training

Jedburgh CARS: Repairing Traditional Windows and Doors
14 February, 18:00 – Evening Talk & Demonstration 
15 February, 09:30 – Full Day Workshop
Location: Jedburgh Town Hall
Free, advance booking required
Jedburgh Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) are working with Frew Conservation to deliver a series of individual day and evening sessions tailored for tradespeople and homeowners, respectively. Upcoming is Repairing Traditional Windows and Doors, with an evening event aimed at homeowners on Monday 14 February at 6pm, and a full-day workshop for tradespeople on Tuesday 15 February, beginning at 9:30am.

Living Streets Scotland: Walkable Communities Two-Part Webinar
Date & Time: 8 & 22 February, 10:00 – 11:45
Online
Living Streets Scotland invite you to their two-part webinar series which offers a fresh perspective on walking infrastructure: what it is and how to get it. They encourage local authorities, active travel advocates, and equalities groups to join them in their mission to find a route to walkable neighbourhoods that everyone can travel. Register separately for Part One and Part Two.

Vacancies

Edinburgh World Heritage: Head of Engagement
Edinburgh World Heritage is looking to appoint a Head of Engagement to communicate the work and value of our organisation, and of Edinburgh as a World Heritage Site, maximising the impact of our reputation, income, profile and engagement. The Head of Engagement leads, and provides strategic direction for, the communications, interpretation, advocacy and learning and engagement programmes, as well as developing and implementing our fundraising strategy.
Closing date: 7 February, 10am

The Cockburn Association: Assistant Director (Fundraising and Outreach)
Hours: Full time with possibility of flexible working and hours
Location: Old Town, Edinburgh with flexibility for hybrid, home-working arrangements
Salary: £27,000
For further information and job specification, please email director@cockburnassociation.org.uk or call 0131 557 8686.
Closing date: 18 February

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BEFS vice-Chair Ian Baxter considers the difficult decisions that lie ahead for Scottish properties in care.

In a recent piece in the Scottish Herald on Sunday, Dr David Mitchell, HES Director of Conservation, examines the challenges of protecting the nation’s historic structures.

The difficult decisions and changes that might take place for Scotland’s ‘properties in care’ are discussed within the context of finding the right balance between conservation, repair, maintenance and access. Whilst the piece does refer, perhaps erroneously, to the potential of ‘losing’ some of our historic structures, it also gives more insight into the ongoing inspection work at more than 200 properties.

BEFS supports the public nature of this debate, and champions a holistic approach to all of our existing built environment. Previously BEFS have led on a strand of Prioritisation work with the Our Place in Time Built Heritage Investment Group; details can be found here.

BEFS vice-Chair Ian Baxter, Professor of Historic Environment Management at Heriot-Watt University commented within the Herald piece; here he continues that difficult, but necessary, conversation:

There’s no easy way to say this – we need to talk about all that stuff we’ve collected, conserved, curated, played with a while ago and then left behind, abandoned in a heap, ignored, forgotten or never really wanted dealt with. We have kidded ourselves that a rainy day would come where we could sit down and look at it properly; and re-fix the repair that was done a while ago when we knew a bit less and didn’t have the right glue, but needs doing again. That rainy day – in the form of climate change, financial pressure, and burgeoning needs elsewhere in society, has arrived.

Let’s face it, this has been a niggling thought at the back of the mind when we have walked past it every day, and we’ve dusted things occasionally, rearranged some and repurposed others, but we’ve never really had to think too much about the rest.  But, some of those things have now reached a tipping point, and maybe even a point of no return – and we need to consciously think about and publicly talk about those things which are cherished and which in theory we’d like to hang on to, but now have to face facts.

The trouble is, we know it’s all of importance to ourselves or someone else nearby, and our collective “endangerment sensitivity” means that the conversation itself is acutely awkward – it’s going to be even more polarised and provoke more righteous indignation in some quarters than ever before.

We know engagement with heritage can do so many good things, and we’ve just been winning the argument as a sector, being accepted as having something to positive to say about the economy, vibrant places, social cohesion, sustainability, education and creativity. Are we seriously saying now that we’re going to give up on some stuff?  Well, frankly, we’ve got to pivot again – to rehearse that politician’s magic trick of communicating the positives in philosophies that might otherwise be seen as in contention with each other.

When considering prioritisation in 2019 BEFS held several events for the sector. One included a palliative care specialist discussing the importance of appropriate actions, some of which might be not intervening; which can seem against our better judgement – but can provide the right outcome ultimately. In letting go and engaging with loss in a very real future timeframe (as opposed to saving ‘forever for everyone’), we can learn and grow as part of the ‘grieving process’ ultimately enabling a good death.

So, we need to re-prioritise our priorities – again. Historic Environment Scotland has courageously spoken up about its own challenge, and it’s up to us now in the sector to manage change with a renewed urgency; and to turn the challenge into new opportunities for understanding heritage and our relationship with its physical health, risks to it, and its ultimate longevity.

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BEFS News

BEFS is delighted to welcome a new Trustee to our Board. Fernanda Acosta Ballesteros, of Archaeology Scotland, brings her experience from diverse roles and organisations across the cultural heritage sector, as well as a focus on engagement, community heritage, inclusion and diversity. BEFS warmly thanks Eila Macqueen as she steps down from the Board after six years.

Ahead of yesterday’s Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee debate on Retrofitting of Properties for Net-Zero, Patrick Harvie wrote to the committee to set out the Scottish Government’s position, and SPICe published a spotlight blog taking a closer look at the issues involved.

Opening the debate, it was good to hear Committee Convenor, Ariane Burgess, mention a fabric-first approach, the known skills shortage, and VAT as she acknowledged the scale of the challenge ahead. Questions were raised by Fergus Ewing in relation to tenements, along with support for BEFS report Why Flats Fall Down. Although the Scottish Government work plan is currently delayed, previous work by the Tenement Working Group was rightly referenced by Paul Sweeney as an area where progress can be made. Read the debate transcript here.

Meanwhile, work on NPF4 continues, and SPICe have published a central hub for briefings, blogs, and online resources as parliamentary scrutiny of the draft progresses. A new blog from Hazel Johnson, BEFS Policy & Strategy Manager, outlines the results from BEFS initial engagement with Members in forming a response to the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee’s call for views.

Museums Galleries Scotland have shared details of new funding from the Scottish Government. The Museum Capital Resilience Fund will support capital costs that impact the long-term resilience of Scottish museums. All applicants should contact MGS regarding their proposed applications no later than 5pm on Friday 4 February 2022.

As part of the Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums project, MGS also have a follow-up survey that investigates the work museums and galleries in Scotland have done, or plan to do, in relation to the historical impact and lasting legacy of Scotland’s links to the British Empire and colonialism. The survey is open until 7 February.

2022 is Scotland’s Year of Stories. The second round of applications to the Community Stories Fund, which will support organisations and community groups to deliver public facing activities and events taking place in Scotland during 2022, will open on 24 January until 18 March 2022.

The deadline for entries for the Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place 2022 Awards, which celebrate community-led built environment projects, has been extended to 13 February.

Finally, the Architectural Heritage Fund have also welcomed two new Trustees to their Board, while Jenny Gilruth, Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, has today announced the appointment of Hugh Hall as the new Chair of Historic Environment Scotland. Congratulations to all.

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Consultations

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee – Call for Views: The role of local government and its cross-sectoral partners in financing and delivering a net-zero Scotland
Closes 21 January 2022

Building Regulations – Compliance And Enforcement: Consultation
Closes 4 February 2022

Heat in buildings – National Public Energy Agency: consultation – call for evidence 2021/2022
Closes 8 February 2022

Local Development Planning – regulations and guidance: consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Open Space Strategies and Play Sufficiency Assessments: consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) – Public Consultation
Closes 31 March 2022

Consultation Responses

BEFS Response to the Committee for Local Government, Housing and Planning – Call For Views on NPF4 (10/01/2022)

BEFS Member responses to the committee’s call for views: Archaeology ScotlandRTPISURF

Publications

Scottish Homeowners’ Views on Making Domestic Buildings Energy Efficient: Awareness, Challenges, and the Way Forward (Novoville Insights, 18/11/21)

Levelling Up and social needs: An analysis of government’s progress (NPC, 11/01/22)
NPC investigate where Levelling Up money is going and how it compares with public priorities.

SPICe Spotlight: Retrofitting homes for net-zero (13/01/22)

Learning Points: A Blue-Green Strategy for Kilmarnock Town Centre (Architecture & Design Scotland, 19/01/22)
A&DS gathered a group of experts to see how good practice in blue-green infrastructure could be applied to the East Ayrshire regeneration strategy for Kilmarnock Town Centre.

Rebuilding Heritage Resources
Collected blogs, guides, and toolkits from the NLHF-funded support programme to help the heritage sector respond to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scottish Government Publications

Building standards – (fire safety) external wall systems: consultation analysis (17/01/22)

UK Government Publications

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2022
This report outlines the UK government and devolved administrations’ position on key climate change risks and opportunities. The risk assessment considers UK-wide climate risks across multiple sectors of the economy and priorities several for action.

News Releases

Scotland Regeneration Capital Grant Fund: Projects set for £25m funding boost (The Herald, 03/01/21)
22 projects in locations across Scotland which will share £25 million of funding.

Project appoints mentors to help develop traditional skills in Fife (Project Scotland, 14/01/22)
The Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration project has appointed Roz Artis and William Napier to work with individuals and SMEs in Fife who wish to develop traditional skills within their workforce.

‘Wallunteers’ build it better at Bannockburn House (Scottish Construction Now, 17/01/22)
The Bannockburn House Trust completed the then biggest urban community buy-out in the UK in 2017. A team of 20 volunteers have so far repointed more than 150 square metres of wall.

Hill House Box shortlisted for EU contemporary architecture prize (The National, 17/01/22)

One of Edinburgh’s oldest buildings to host culture project inspired by climate crisis (The Scotsman, 18/01/22)

Archaeological research in the Highlands (National Trust for Scotland, 14/12/21)
The National Trust for Scotland has 17 properties that fall within the Highland Council area and are therefore covered by the recently published Highland Archaeological Research Framework.

Opinion & Comment

David Lonsdale: Local councils must act to boost our town centres (The Herald, 7/01/22)
The director of the Scottish Retail Consortium argues newly-elected council administrations this Spring must ensure their policies and approach towards retail are supportive.

Podcast: What does the future hold for cities? (RSA Bridges to the Future, 11/01/22)
Matthew Taylor is joined by two Harvard economists, Edward Glaeser and David Cutler, to examine the history and future of the global city.

Edinburgh’s St Giles Cathedral could be handed over to Historic Environment Scotland as part of radical shake-up by Church of Scotland (Edinburgh News, 11/01/22)

M. Nolan Gray: Stop Fetishizing Old Homes (The Atlantic, 11/01/22)
Considering the American city, city planner Gray argues that whatever your aesthetic preferences, new construction is better on nearly every conceivable measure.

A look ahead at the coming year (Scottish Land Commission, 12/01/22)
Chief Executive Hamish Trench looks ahead to the Commission’s focus in 2022.

David Williams: Planning’s second century needs to learn from the errors of its first (The Planner, 14/01/22)
Instead of ‘creating place’, planners should focus on improving existing heritage -not just listed buildings and conservation areas, but the whole built fabric.

Home truths on the challenge to make Scotland a net zero nation (The National [Subscribers], 16/01/22)
Homes account for around thirteen per cent of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions, and over two million need to be retrofitted to meet net zero targets.

Timothy Brittain-Catlin: Are Scotland’s baronial castles worth saving? (Apollo, 16/01/22)
Scotland is strewn with baronial ruins like those of Buchanan Castle; many more have been demolished.

Parliamentary Questions & Answers

Questions marked with a triangle are initiated by the Scottish Government 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”.

S6W-05062Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/12/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the best and most cost effective way to insulate traditional granite homes, such as those in the north east and Aberdeen; what the reasons and evidence are for its position, and how it plans to support the decarbonisation of such homes.
Answered by Patrick Harvie (06/01/2022)

S6W-05067Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: 15 December 2021
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Historic Environment Scotland publication, Guide to Energy Retrofit of Traditional Buildings, regarding the need for “an extensive programme of domestic retrofit” and the part that “the existing built environment, including older or historic buildings, will need to play…in the national refurbishment effort”.
Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 11 January 2022

S6W-05393Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party, Date lodged: 24 December 2021
To ask the Scottish Government what level of funding can be provided by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to stabilise and develop the site of Mavisbank House in Loanhead; what engagement HES is undertaking with relevant stakeholders to take forward development of this site; what short-term developments HES anticipates for this project, and whether HES will take a leadership role in the site’s development.
Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 11 January 2022

S6W-05249Willie Rennie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date lodged: 20 December 2021
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the climate emergency, and in regard to energy saving and efficiency improvements delivered through its national fuel poverty scheme and other related schemes, what action it has taken to ensure that improvements that are made to homes prioritise environmentally-friendly technologies and heating systems.
Answered by Patrick Harvie on 17 January 2022

Other Parliamentary Activity

Subordinate Legislation on Short-Term Lets Considered by The Local Government, Housing And Planning Committee on 21 December 2021 (published 12/01/22)

Letter from Patrick Harvie, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights to the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee Convener regarding Retrofitting Housing for Net Zero – January 2022 (11 January 2022)

Retrofitting Housing for Net Zero – Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee Debate (18 January 2022) Scottish Parliament TV Recording, Transcript

Events

For the full list of BEFS Members’ upcoming events see our events calendar.

AHSS Strathclyde Group: Conservation in Post-War Scotland
Date & Time: 20 January, 19:30
Online
Gordon R Urquhart, historian and author, charts the development of architectural conservation in Scotland from late 18th-century antiquarianism through to the emergence of a popular (and professional) conservation movement in the tumultuous postwar era.

ICON Archaeology Group: Conservation of the Galloway Hoard
Date & Time: 27 January, 12noon
Online £10 / Icon Members free
The Galloway Hoard was found in 2014 and an exhibition is now on tour in Scotland after extensive research and conservation work. It was a true conservation challenge having a variety of material (glass, rock crystal and other minerals, minerally preserved organics) in addition to the precious metals. This lecture will be given by Martin Goldberg (curator) and Mary Davis (conservator).

SPAB Scotland: Milling Matters – John O’Groats Corn Mill 
Date & Time: 1 February, 12noon
Online: £6 / £5 members or £21 for all four lectures
In the first in a series of four ‘Milling Matters’ lectures from SPAB Scotland and Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, Rognvald Brown, chairman of the John O’Groats Mill Trust will present the experiences of the Trust with re-establishing this B listed former corn mill in Caithness as a heritage visitor attraction and community venue.

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust: The Port House, Jedburgh
Date & Time: 1 February, 18:00
Online
Built in 1899 to the designs of Architect James Pearson Alison, the Port House, originally a Co-operative department store, had fallen into disrepair in recent times and was on the Buildings at Risk Register before being saved by the Jedburgh Community Trust. In this presentation, Emma Berry, a Partner and Advanced Level Conservation Architect at LDN Architects, will discuss the project from its inception to its imminent completion.

Heritage Trust Network: At the Heart of the Community – A Future for Your Church
Date & Time: 3 February, 10:00 – 11:30
Online
Heritage Trust Network and Historic Churches Scotland are joining forces to host this event for any community group contemplating the future of their church building. We will hear a case study from Dinah McDonald, trustee of Historic Kilmun, who will talk about their journey to taking ownership, building repairs, fundraising and the current focus of becoming sustainable.

SoAoS: Diversity is not a silo: routes to anti-racist work in Scottish heritage
Date & Time: 7 February, 18:00
Online
Dr Churnjeet Mahn will discuss what we need from the past to make more inclusive futures for BAME groups across Scotland. Case studies will explore how BAME people in Scotland are systematically excluded from the educational and organisational structures that underpin the management and public understanding of heritage in Scotland. Rather than being part of decision making on ‘national’ bodies, or in the board rooms of influential organisations, BAME people are more likely to be found in ‘community’ settings or events. How do we begin to think beyond silos of diversity?

Training

Arts & Business Scotland: Culture and Business Scotland Conference 2022
Date & Time: 10 February, 14:00 – 17:00
Online
Hosted by BBC Scotland’s Arts Correspondent Pauline McLean, this event welcomes the business, public, and culture sectors to come together to discuss how engaging with creativity and culture can be the key to not simply surviving but thriving in the face of key collective universal challenges.

Vacancies

Edinburgh World Heritage: Head of Engagement
Edinburgh World Heritage is looking to appoint a Head of Engagement to communicate the work and value of our organisation, and of Edinburgh as a World Heritage Site, maximising the impact of our reputation, income, profile and engagement. The Head of Engagement leads, and provides strategic direction for, the communications, interpretation, advocacy and learning and engagement programmes, as well as developing and implementing our fundraising strategy.
Closing date: 7 February, 10am

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Hazel Johnson, Policy & Strategy Manager, sets out the initial results of BEFS NPF4 engagement and outlines the work ahead.

Back at the start of November 2021, the much anticipated draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) was launched for consultation. The deadline for responding is the 31st of March – now marked with a red circle in diaries and calendars across the sector. The end of 2021 saw plans laid and conversations begun to allow the new year to start with a bang, as we work towards a joined up sector response, collectively championing the existing and historic built environment within this important planning document. It has been a busy few weeks. 

At the start of January, BEFS chaired a roundtable discussion to inform a response to the Committee for Local Government, Housing and Planning Call for Views which was submitted for the 10th January deadline.  

This initial response outlines key areas of interest and concerns felt by the sector, and we will be building on this over the coming weeks.  

Overview of the draft NPF4 

This new draft incorporates elements of previous National Planning Frameworks and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP); it provides a long-term plan for Scotland which sets out where development and infrastructure are needed. The NPF4 will also guide spatial development, set out national planning policies, designate national developments and highlight regional spatial priorities. As such great scrutiny and care will be given to assessing whether the NPF4 provides the coherence, clarity and detail required by decision makers throughout planning.  

The draft document is structured in four parts: 

  • Part 1 – A National Spatial Strategy for Scotland 2045  
  • Part 2 – National Developments 
  • Part 3 – National Planning Policy  
  • Part 4 – Delivering Our Spatial Strategy 

The four main themes within the Spatial Strategy are Sustainable, Liveable, Productive, and Distinctive places. The historic environment – whilst well represented within Distinctive Places – isn’t currently as present within Sustainable, Liveable, and Productive Places.  

Despite this, there is generally much to be praised in the draft NPF4’s approach to protections for the historic and existing built environment. Where it perhaps falls down is in how it all hangs together and how the different sections relate to each other. Some omissions prompt additional concerns; for example, there is no meaningful reference to the wider policy landscape and other key policies such as the Historic Environment Policy for Scotland (HEPS), Planning Advice Notes and other documents signposted in SPP. This is underlined by a lack of clarity of status, consistency and read-across of Parts 1 and 2 into Part 3.  

The sector has an opportunity here to raise up the very real benefit and contribution that the historic and existing built environment make, advocating for their representation across the piece, within sustainable development, homes, climate change, jobs and infrastructure. It is perhaps worth noting that the Position Statement in February 2021 was a much stronger on this, with the draft NPF4 seeming to step back on some of the positive approach seen previously. 

Policy 

The 35 policies contained in Part 3 of the draft NPF4 are well intentioned and the overall direction is to be welcomed. A good starting point for anyone tight on time will be Policy 28 – Historic Assets and Places. Once again though, the issue is one of consistency and coherence; how these polices relate to each other should give us pause to consider whether this could lead them to be ‘traded’, due to the contradictions inherent in them. Over the coming weeks thought will need to be given to clarity of language, and further clarity sought on hierarchy throughout the strategies and policies in NPF4.  

Delivery

At the start of 2021 the Position Statement indicated that the draft NPF4 would include a Delivery Programme. Perhaps not unsurprisingly given the scale and ambition of the document, it doesn’t do this – however the draft does state that a detailed Delivery Programme and Engagement Programme will be produced once the framework is adopted.  

Without knowing what this might look like it is hard to draw any firm conclusions, other than to wonder how the somewhat aspirational strategies and aims outlined in the draft document can be adopted post March without transparency on how they will be delivered, including whether the necessary resource, supply chains, skills and budget can be found. 

Get involved – a joined up sector response 

Further discussion of the draft NPF4 will take place at the next Historic Environment Working Group in February, and we’ll also welcome wider participation from stakeholders at a round table in early March – details of this to follow soon. For any organisations and individuals preparing their own response, that would like to get in touch, BEFS will be glad to hear from you!   

Summary 

There is much to be optimistic about – the draft NPF4 has climate change, good places and sustainability at its heart, and has clearly sought to carry over key protections for decision making for the historic environment. The need to value, enhance, conserve and celebrate the historic and existing built environment is recognised, but within this the benefits of embodied energy, skills/employment and the role existing buildings and infrastructure can play towards meeting net-zero are not yet articulated.  

We can build on the many positives; seek to highlight inconsistencies in the draft; show how the spatial strategies and polices can be fully integrated and look towards clear articulation of policy hierarchy. By presenting evidence and a united advocacy for our existing built environment we could see the NPF4 delivering, across the board.  

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