Your gateway to a career in heritage: discover job opportunities, key organisations, and expert advice in this comprehensive guide for students, graduates, and professionals in the heritage sector.

Heritage Careers Guide 24-25

BEFS is pleased to present the latest edition of the Heritage Careers Guide, compiled by Professor Ian Baxter (Heriot-Watt University) in collaboration with The Heritage Alliance and BEFS.

This comprehensive resource is designed to support students, recent graduates, and professionals looking to start or advance their careers in the heritage sector. The guide offers:

  • A curated list of job boards and vacancy announcement platforms specific to the heritage field
  • Information on key organisations and institutions in the sector
  • Tips for finding and applying for heritage jobs
  • Insights into various career paths within the heritage industry

Whether you’re just starting your journey in heritage or looking to make a career change, this guide provides valuable information to help navigate the job market in this dynamic and rewarding field.

The 2024-2025 edition includes updated links and new resources based on feedback from users and industry professionals.

We encourage you to share this resource widely with colleagues, students, and anyone interested in pursuing a career in heritage.

For any questions or feedback about the guide, please contact info@befs.org.uk

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Are you passionate about helping churches near you to remain open and thrive?

If you can respond to enquiries and engage with stakeholders, you could make a massive difference to the churches, chapels and meeting houses in Scotland as a Cherish Support Officer.

Join the team in Scotland working to keep churches open and in use. In partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Cherish project supports capacity building and improving the condition of places of worship across Scotland.

The Support Officer is responsible for the content and delivery of support and advice, and grant assessments, in collaboration with the wider Church Engagement team. The role involves giving presentations to church volunteers, helping them to care for their historic church buildings; building local connections and partnerships, and contributing to sector forums.

Download the information pack for more details.

Salary: £20,160 per annum (equivalent to £33,600 full time)

Status: Part time (0.6 FTE, 21 hours per week); 2 Years (Fixed Term)

Location: Home based in Scotland, with travel throughout the country

Closing date: Friday 2 August 2024 at 5pm

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BEFS NEWS

BEFS welcomes Karen Anderson, who has become the new President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), with her two-year term of office formally beginning at the RIAS AGM.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) has opened nominations for two prestigious awards: the Building Craftsperson of the Year Awards and the Sustainable Heritage Awards. Both nomination processes opened on 20 June 2024, with a closing date of 31 July 2024.

Two significant bills have recently progressed through the Scottish Parliament:

The Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill received backing from MSPs on 18 June 2024. This legislation aims to transform how the Scottish Government supports farming and food production, with a focus on sustainable and regenerative practices. Notably, the bill now includes provisions for the historic environment, following successful lobbying efforts by Archaeology Scotland, the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, the National Trust for Scotland, and BEFS.

The Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 26 June 2024. While the final version does not include specific provisions for construction materials, BEFS worked alongside the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) to raise awareness of this issue more broadly. The bill aims to support Scotland’s transition to a circular economy, focusing on reducing waste and promoting resource efficiency.

BEFS is pleased to announce its summer bulletin schedule, ensuring our readers and members stay informed during the holiday period:

  • Our next comprehensive bulletin will be released on 17th July, providing you with the latest updates before the summer recess.
  • To keep you abreast of any crucial developments, we’ll publish a concise summer update on 21st August, bridging the gap until our regular bulletin schedule resumes.

We appreciate your continued engagement and wish all our readers and members a pleasant and restorative summer.

 

CONSULTATIONS

Time limits for enforcement action for unauthorised Environmental Impact Assessment development
Scottish Government
Comments are invited on proposals to disapply Section 124 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (‘the 1997 Act’) concerning the time limits for taking enforcement action on unauthorised development, which requires an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This follows a case of unauthorised development in Northern Ireland for which an EIA was required, but not undertaken. The need for EIA was only identified after the time limit for enforcement had expired and the development was immune from enforcement action. As the Scottish planning system is like the system in Northern Ireland, the Scottish Government considers it is possible, although unlikely, that a similar situation could arise in Scotland.
Closes 11 July 2024

Review of charity regulation
Scottish Government
The Scottish Government ran a consultation in 2019 about proposals the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) had made on improvements to the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. In response to that consultation, it was noted that some respondents wanted a wider review of charity regulation. This consultation aims to understand if people still feel that way and if so, what they think should be the purpose and parameters for a review.
Closes 22 July 2024

Tenement law: compulsory owners’ associations
Scottish Law Commission
In March 2018, a Scottish Parliament Working Group was convened to explore what actions could be taken to improve the condition of Scotland’s tenements. The Scottish Law Commission’s project follows from a reference under the Law Commissions Act 1965 received on 10 January 2022 from the (then) Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government (Shona Robison MSP). The reference asks for recommendations to be made to implement the Working Group’s recommendation that all tenements should have an owners’ association. Consultation is critical in all law reform projects to ensure that the final recommendations would, if implemented, result in law which is just, principled, responsive, and easy to understand.
Closes 1 August 2024

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2025-26
Scottish Parliament
The Committee wants to gather views from individuals, groups and businesses operating in the culture sector to help make recommendations to the Scottish Government ahead of its Budget for 2025-26. The consultation focuses on planned budget increases, the culture strategy action plan, progress on innovative funding solutions, Creative Scotland’s multi-year funding programme and fair work.
Closes 9 August 2024

Flood resilience strategy
Scottish Government
Scotland’s climate has changed significantly and will continue to change for decades to come, resulting in the need to learn to live with and adapt to flooding in Scotland. The Flood Resilience Strategy will set out what needs to be done in the long term to create a flood resilient Scotland. The consultation paper sets out the principles guiding the strategy and the three key themes of people, places, and processes. These have been developed following a series of workshops and engagement with communities, practitioners, and researchers in 2023. The consultation paper contains full background information.
Closes 13 August 2024

Crofting consultation 2024
Scottish Government
The Scottish Government is determined to ensure that crofting legislation enables and supports the sustainability of crofting, of crofters and crofting communities, and allows crofting to modernise, innovate, diversify, and adapt to help meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. This consultation seeks views on a range of proposals for crofting reform which will help to create opportunities for new entrants, encourage the active management and use of crofts and common grazings, and support rural population. The consultation paper contains full background information, including references to current legislation.
Closes 2 September 2024

Compulsory Purchase Reform
Scottish Government
The Scottish Government have committed to reform and modernise compulsory purchase legislation. As a first step, they have established an advisory group to help support the reform programme. The group, to be co-chaired by the Chief Planner and Roseanna Cunningham, brings together several expert practitioners with first-hand experience of the compulsory purchase process. They recognise, however, that a range of organisations have an interest in this area and are consulting broadly and are keen to hear from a wide range of voices as the work moves forward.
Please get in touch at CPO.Reform@gov.scot

 

CONSULTATION RESPONSES

Building standards enforcement and sanctions: consultation outcome report (Scot Gov 07/06/2024)

Building standards enforcement and sanctions: consultation analysis (Scot Gov 07/06/2024)

Building standards enforcement and sanctions: consultation feedback (Scot Gov 12/06/2024)

Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018 – proposed amendments: consultation analysis (Scot Gov 25/06/2024)

 

PETITIONS

SPICe briefing on PE1885: Make offering Community Shared Ownership mandatory for all windfarm development planning proposals.

 

NEWS RELEASES

Scotland’s National Retrofit Centre to become non-domestic retrofit demonstrator (BE-ST 30/04/2024)

Building Craftsperson of the Year Awards – Open for Nominations (SPAB 20/06/2024)

Sustainable Heritage Awards – Open for Nominations (SPAB 20/06/2024)

Keep Scotland Beautiful welcome two new Heads of Service and bid farewell to their Deputy CEO (Keep Scotland Beautiful 24/06/2024)

Karen Anderson is the new RIAS President (RIAS 26/06/2024)

General Election 2024 – Party Manifesto Pledges for Culture (Culture Counts 28/06/2024)

 

PUBLICATIONS

2022/23 Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Analysis Report (Edinburgh Climate Change Institute 28/05/2024)

Economic activity and social change in the UK, real-time indicators (ONS 20/06/2024)

The Foundations of the Housing Crisis: How our extractive land and development models work against public good (New Economics Foundation 27/06/2024)

How would the parties’ tax and spending plans affect Scotland and Wales? (Institute for Fiscal Studies 28/06/2024)

 

SCOTTISH & UK: GOVERNMENTAL & PARLIAMENTARY PUBLICATIONS

Correspondence between Kate Forbes and the Economy and Fair Work Committee regarding the government’s economic priorities (Scot Gov 17/06/2024)

Agriculture Bill to become law (Scot Gov 18/06/2024)

Committee Membership: New appointments to the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee; Rural Affairs and Islands Committee & Economy and Fair Work Committee (Scot Parl 18/06/2024)

Strategic environmental assessment: pre-screening register (Scot Gov 18/06/2024)

Correspondence between Shirley-Anne Somerville and the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee regarding delegated powers contained within the Housing (Scotland) Bill (Scot Gov 18/06/2024)

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee: Official Report & Minutes (Scot Parl 18/06/2024)

Housing to 2040 Strategic Board minutes: February 2024 (Scot Gov 18/06/2024)

Màiri McAllan maternity cover (Scot Gov 19/06/2024)

Scotland’s Heat Network Fund: application guidance (Scot Gov 19/06/2024)

Correspondence between the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee and Paul McLennan regarding the government’s intended changes to the Housing (Scotland) Bill (Scot Parl 19/06/2024)

Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) guidance note (Scot Gov 20/06/2024)

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee: Official Report (Scot Parl 20/06/2024)

Correspondence between the Scottish Association of Landlords and the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee with supplementary evidence on the Housing (Scotland) Bill (Scot Parl 20/06/2024)

Correspondence between Citizens Advice Scotland and the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee with supplementary evidence on the Housing (Scotland) Bill (Scot Parl 20/06/2024)

Households and Dwellings in Scotland, 2023 (National Records of Scotland 20/06/2024)

Cladding Remediation Programme: Single Building Assessment specification (Scot Gov 21/06/2024)

Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill receives Royal Assent (Scot Parl 21/06/2024)

Housing (Scotland) Bill: equality impact assessment results summary (Scot Gov 21/06/2024)

Delegated powers contained in the Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill following amendments made at Stage 2 (Scot Parl 21/06/2024)

Correspondence between the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee and Mairi Gougeon regarding delegated powers contained within the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (Scot Parl 21/06/2024)

Housing (Scotland) Bill – clerks note (Scot Parl 25/06/2024)

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill – clerks note (Scot Parl 25/06/2024)

Quarterly Housing Statistics in 2023-24 (Scot Gov 25/06/2024)

Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill at Stage 3: timed groupings of amendments (Scot Parl 25/06/2024)

Local Government 2023-24 Provisional Outturn and 2024-25 Budget Estimates (Scot Gov 25/06/2024)

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee [Draft] Official Report (Scot Parl 25/06/2024)

Correspondence between the Finance and Public Administration Committee and Paul McLennan regarding the Housing (Scotland) Bill (Scot Parl 25/06/2024)

Correspondence between the Finance and Public Administration Committee and John-Paul Marks regarding the co-design process of a bill moving through parliament (Scot Parl 26/06/2024)

Circular Economy Bill passed (Scot Gov 26/06/2024)

Tackling the climate emergency: speech by the Minister for Climate Action (Scot Gov 26/06/2024)

Updates to short-term lets licensing scheme approved (Scot Gov 26/06/2024)

Development plan correspondence: list (Scot Gov 27/06/2024)

Building standards – workforce data collection: analysis report 2023 (Scot Gov 28/06/2024)

Heat network projects: quarterly report – June 2024 (Scot Gov 28/06/2024)

Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme: June 2024 (Scot Gov 28/06/2024)

Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey 2023 (Scot Gov 28/06/2024)

Scottish City Region and Growth Deal Delivery Board: May 2024 (Scot Gov 28/06/2024)

Development plan examinations: list (Scot Gov 01/07/2024)

Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan (ESJTP): letter to Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Energy (Scot Gov 01/07/2024)

 

OPINION & COMMENT

Scotland misses another climate change target (BBC News 18/06/2024)

Retrofit: What can we learn from Ireland? (BE-ST 24/06/2024)

The Importance of Planning Policy (The Cockburn Association 25/06/2024)

‘We want to enable more disabled people to discover Scotland’ (The Herald 27/06/2024)

 

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Link to Parliamentary Questions and Answers

 

MOTIONS

S6M-13759
Submitted by: Gillian Martin, Aberdeenshire East, Scottish National Party.
Date Lodged: 24/06/2024
That the Parliament reaffirms its unwavering commitment to tackling the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss through a just and fair transition; believes firmly in, and accepts, climate science and expert advice and its importance in reaching net zero, and rejects, therefore, climate science denial.
Current status: Agreed to unanimously. Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

S6M-13757
Submitted by: Gillian Martin, Aberdeenshire East, Scottish National Party.
Date Lodged: 24/06/2024
That the Parliament agrees that the Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill be passed.
Current status: Agreed to unanimously. Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

S6M-13792
Submitted by: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party.
Date Lodged: 25/06/2024
That the Parliament agrees that the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Amendment Order 2024 [draft] be approved.
Current status: Agreed with abstentions from the Conservatives and Labour (For 68, Against 0, Abstentions 46). Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, 26 June 2024

S6M-13784 & S6M-13782
Submitted by: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party.
Date Lodged: 25/06/2024
That the Parliament agrees that –
Gillian Mackay be appointed to replace Ross Greer as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee;
Lorna Slater be appointed to replace Mark Ruskell as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee;
Lorna Slater be appointed to replace Maggie Chapman as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee, and
Patrick Harvie be appointed to replace Maggie Chapman as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee.
Patrick Harvie be appointed to replace Mark Ruskell as a member of the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, 26 June 2024.

 

EVENTS

For further listings, please see our events calendar

Scottish Government – Crofting Reform Meetings
Date & Time: Wednesday 3 July – Thursday 15 August 2024
Location: Scotland (various)
People across Scotland are being invited to have a say on how crofting is reformed and the Scottish Government is hosting an extensive programme of meetings stretching from Oban to Shetland. The consultation, which runs until 2 September 2024, seeks views on a range of proposals for crofting reform. Your views will help to create opportunities for new entrants, encourage the active management and use of crofts and common grazings, and support rural population.Scottish Parliament & Scotland’s Futures Forum – Festival of Politics 2024
Date & Time: Monday 19 – Friday 23 August 2024
Location: Scottish Parliament Building, Horse Wynd, Edinburgh EH99 1SP
The Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics is a five-day programme of over 30 events, in the home of Scottish politics at Holyrood.  The 20th Festival promises informed debate and inspiring topics on a range of social, political, and environmental issues facing the world today.  Leading experts from the worlds of politics, the arts, business, the media, academia and the third sector will assemble for a deep dive into issues dominating the news agenda. Join in and have your say.

Heritage Trust Network – High Street Regeneration: Finding new uses for old buildings.
Date & Time: Wednesday 21 August 2024; 9.30am-4.30pm
Location:  The Art Department, 2-10 Causeyside Street Paisley PA1 1UQ
Empty buildings on our high streets often stir up passion in communities and feature in news headlines, however things aren’t as bleak as they may seem like communities are breathing new life into these buildings and reactivating their local areas. Join the Heritage Trust Network at the Art Department, a theatre space in a former department store in Paisley, to hear from those who have been there, done it and bought the t-shirt or who have kept an eye on UK high streets’ changing fortunes.

Scottish Heritage Social Media Group – How to Develop a Social Media Strategy
Date & Time: Wednesday 28 August 2024; 3-4pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Join David Fettes, Social Media Manager at the National Trust for Scotland, to hear about the creation of the Trust’s social media strategy and learn about a framework and key takeaways that you can implement in your own strategy.

Heritage Trust Network – Conference 2024
Date & Time: Sunday 29 September – Tuesday 1 October 2024
Location: Dunfermline
Heritage Trust Network is bringing its conference to Dunfermline in 2024. Conference is always the highlight of the year, a fun and friendly mix of inspirational speakers, lively discussions and fascinating tours and visits to historic sites and community projects. Dunfermline has been chosen as the venue because of its fascinating mix of historic sites and the way local organisations are working together to make the most of its heritage assets following the granting of city status in 2022. The incredible philanthropic legacy of Andrew Carnegie is woven through the city’s cultural infrastructure. Network member, Fife Historic Buildings Trust, has recently been granted three-years of funding to help it develop restoration and re-use projects in Dunfermline.

TRAINING

SPAB – Limeworking at Saddell Castle
Date & Time: Saturday 27 July 2024; 10am-4pm & Sunday 28 July 2024; 9am-3pm
Location: Saddell Castle, Saddell, PA28 6QS Kintyre
Join SPAB Scotland for this weekend event at Category A listed Saddell Castle. Under the guidance of experts, you’ll learn traditional limeworking techniques and carry out real repairs on a live site, as part of a major conservation project run by the Landmark Trust.  Richard Fraser and the team at LimeRich will be your tutors for the weekend. You will learn about hot mixing of lime mortar and harling, apply the harling and, if time allows finish with some lime washing. It’s not every day you get to say you repaired a castle. Places are limited, so book yours now!

C&BS – Sponsorship Matters: Managing Ethics and Risk
Date & Time: Tuesday 3 September 2024; 9.30am-12.30pm
Location: Online
A new training session to support fundraisers with concerns about ethics, due diligence and risk management around sponsorship.
£85 + VAT for C&BS members. £125 + VAT for non-members

C&BS – Fundraising Matters: Introduction to Fundraising
Date & Time: Tuesday 10 September 2024 & Tuesday 17 September 2024; 9.30am-12.30pm
Location: Online
This introductory course, led by Pam Judson, gives you the best possible foundations for starting your fundraising career.
£120 + VAT for C&BS members. £190 + VAT for non-members

C&BS – Board Matters: Thinking of Joining a Board?
Date & Time: Thursday 12 September 2024; 12-1pm
Location: Online
Do you care about the culture sector and want to play a part in its future?  Then being a board member or trustee just might be for you.  This webinar with Catriona Reynolds will help you understand what being on the Board of a cultural charity is all about.
FREE for C&BS members. £35 + VAT for non-members.

 

VACANCIES

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust – Trustee Roles
Scottish Historic Buildings Trust seeks four new trustees with expertise in areas such as strategy, finance, heritage conservation, marketing, fundraising, property development and asset management. Help shape the future of this leading organisation dedicated to preserving Scotland’s historic buildings. 3-year term, 4 meetings per year. For more information visit www.shbt.org.uk. To apply, email CV and cover letter to maggie.wright@mwa.co
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BEFS NEWS

In mid-July, BEFS will bid farewell to Director Ailsa Macfarlane as she takes up a new role as Head of National and International Partnerships for National Museums Scotland. During her 7 years at BEFS, first in Policy & Strategy and then as Director, Ailsa has made significant contributions to the organisation and the wider built environment sector. The BEFS Board and team express their gratitude and wish Ailsa the very best in her new role.

Hazel Johnson will step into the role of Interim Director from August. For those interested in the position of BEFS Director, the recruitment pack is now available. Read our full statement here and access the job details here.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced the appointment of Katerina Brown as their new CEO. Joining from the National Trust for Scotland, where she currently serves as Chief Operating Officer, Ms Brown brings a wealth of experience from both national and international financial services, renewable energy, and property sectors. Her passion for Scotland’s historic environment and proven track record in business are thought to make her an outstanding candidate to lead HES in delivering Scotland’s ambitious heritage strategy.

With the UK general election campaign in full swing, political parties have revealed their plans for supporting the museums and heritage sectors in their recently published manifestos. Whilst culture and heritage are devolved matters in Scotland, it’s interesting to read the range of commitments: from improving access to cultural assets and protecting national heritage to boosting funding for creative projects and promoting regional culture, each party has outlined its unique approach to the sector. To learn more about the specific pledges made by the Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Green, Plaid Cymru, Reform, and SNP parties, read the full report by Museums + Heritage.

SAVE Britain’s Heritage has launched a public petition calling on the Scottish Parliament to host a national debate to bolster safeguards for threatened listed buildings. The petition, currently under consideration by the Scottish Parliament, seeks to address a perceived loophole that allows for the demolition of listed buildings without sufficient evidence. It calls for enhanced policy guidance and mandatory engagement with conservation accredited engineers in cases involving listed buildings.

The National Retrofit Hub are calling on professionals, researchers and practitioners to contribute their knowledge on International Retrofit Delivery Models. Whether you have detailed case studies or brief insights, your contribution is crucial. Please complete this form to share your expertise and help create a valuable repository that supports effective policy-making and project delivery.

BE-ST, in collaboration with Robert Gordon University and Construction Leadership Forum have launched a survey: Digital representation of buildings: towards Digital twins – National Existing Building Database questionnaire which aims to identify current practices in assessing and managing maintenance, repair, retrofit and other building related works in the social housing sector in Scotland.

BEFS Director recently attended the short conference, and now Scotland’s Futures Forum have published their conference report on Scotland’s Housing and Net Zero Conference. The report highlights the challenges that will be faced tackling the carbon emissions created by Scotland’s housing – which account for 13% of total emissions. Delivering clean heating systems and warm homes are problematic, especially for old tenement buildings and in rural areas, which will only be exacerbated by several local authorities in Scotland declaring housing emergencies.

RTPI Scotland has secured funds from the Scottish Government for 10 postgraduate bursaries worth £5000 each. The bursaries will support students who have a place to study on an accredited planning Masters in a Scottish University. Applications will open on 24 June and close on 9 August 2024. Further information here.

The 2024 SURF Awards were launched on 6 June at a special online event. The Awards are delivered each year by SURF, a regeneration forum with over 300 cross-sector member organisations across Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government. The purpose is to highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland.

And finally, it’s been a busy week for meetings, BEFS thanks CIOB for organising the MSP Retrofit breakfast yesterday, sharing the collective recommendations from the report, and we thank all those who attended the BEFS-facilitated VAT and Listed Buildings workshop with HES.  Both are important topics, with many policy links.

 

CONSULTATIONS

National Performance Framework: Inquiry into proposed National Outcomes
Scottish Parliament
The Scottish Government must, by law, review the National Outcomes for Scotland at least every five years. The Scottish Parliament must be consulted on proposed National Outcomes and considers the consultation the Government has carried out. The Scottish Government’s Report on proposed National Outcomes and its consultation was published on 2 May 2024. The Finance and Public Administration Committee is leading in considering the proposed National Outcomes, although some other Committees will wish to consider evidence in their areas of interest. There is one consultation for all Committees which seeks your views on the Government’s proposed National Outcomes.
Closes 28 June 2024

Inventory of Historic Battlefields – Revisions to Selection Guidance
Historic Environment Scotland
HES is proposing revisions to the battlefields selection guidance in response to recommendations made by Lichfields UK in a report that was commissioned in 2021 to inform best practice in the designation and management of inventory battlefields in the planning system. Many organisations and individuals play an important role in looking after Scotland’s historic battlefields, and their views are being requested to help HES to shape the changes being made to guidance to be applied when designating inventory battlefields.
Closes 2 July 2024

Time limits for enforcement action for unauthorised Environmental Impact Assessment development
Scottish Government
Comments are invited on proposals to disapply Section 124 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (‘the 1997 Act’) concerning the time limits for taking enforcement action on unauthorised development which requires an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This follows a case of unauthorised development in Northern Ireland for which an EIA was required, but not undertaken. The need for EIA was only identified after the time limit for enforcement had expired and the development was immune from enforcement action. As the Scottish planning system is like the system in Northern Ireland, the Scottish Government considers it is possible, although unlikely, that a similar situation could arise in Scotland.
Closes 11 July 2024

Review of charity regulation
Scottish Government
The Scottish Government ran a consultation in 2019 about proposals the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) had made on improvements to the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. In response to that consultation, it was noted that some respondents wanted a wider review of charity regulation. This consultation aims to understand if people still feel that way and if so, what they think should be the purpose and parameters for a review.
Closes 22 July 2024

Tenement law: compulsory owners’ associations
Scottish Law Commission
In March 2018, a Scottish Parliament Working Group was convened to explore what actions could be taken to improve the condition of Scotland’s tenements. The Scottish Law Commission’s project follows from a reference under the Law Commissions Act 1965 received on 10 January 2022 from the (then) Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government (Shona Robison MSP). The reference asks for recommendations to be made to implement the Working Group’s recommendation that all tenements should have an owners’ association. Consultation is critical in all law reform projects to ensure that the final recommendations would, if implemented, result in law which is just, principled, responsive, and easy to understand.
Closes 1 August 2024

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2025-26
Scottish Parliament
The Committee wants to gather views from individuals, groups and businesses operating in the culture sector to help make recommendations to the Scottish Government ahead of its Budget for 2025-26. The consultation focuses on planned budget increases, the culture strategy action plan, progress on innovative funding solutions, Creative Scotland’s multi-year funding programme and fair work.
*NEW* Closes 9 August 2024

Flood resilience strategy
Scottish Government
Scotland’s climate has changed significantly and will continue to change for decades to come, resulting in the need to learn to live with and adapt to flooding in Scotland. The Flood Resilience Strategy will set out what needs to be done in the long term to create a flood resilient Scotland. The consultation paper sets out the principles guiding the strategy and the three key themes of people, places, and processes. These have been developed following a series of workshops and engagement with communities, practitioners, and researchers in 2023. The consultation paper contains full background information.
Closes 13 August 2024

Crofting consultation 2024
Scottish Government
The Scottish Government is determined to ensure that crofting legislation enables and supports the sustainability of crofting, of crofters and crofting communities, and allows crofting to modernise, innovate, diversify and adapt to help meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. This consultation seeks views on a range of proposals for crofting reform which will help to create opportunities for new entrants, encourage the active management and use of crofts and common grazings, and support rural population. The consultation paper contains full background information, including references to current legislation.
*New* Closes 2 September 2024

Compulsory Purchase Reform
Scottish Government
The Scottish Government have committed to reform and modernise compulsory purchase legislation. As a first step, they have established an advisory group to help support the reform programme. The group, to be co-chaired by the Chief Planner and Roseanna Cunningham, brings together several expert practitioners with first-hand experience of the compulsory purchase process. They recognise, however, that a range of organisations have an interest in this area and are consulting broadly and are keen to hear from a wide range of voices as the work moves forward.
Please get in touch at CPO.Reform@gov.scot

 

CONSULTATION RESPONSES

Building standards enforcement and sanctions: consultation analysis & consultation outcome report (Scot Gov 07/06/2024)

 

PETITIONS

Submission from the Scottish Government regarding PE2026/D: Eliminate Council Tax discounts for second homes and vacant properties Scottish Government submission (Scot Gov 22/05/2024)

Submission from the Scottish Government regarding PE2075: Prioritise local participation in planning decisions (Scot Gov 04/06/2024)

PE2105: Safeguard Scottish Listed Buildings at risk of unnecessary demolition
Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to set a minimum evidence requirement to prevent unnecessary use of emergency public safety powers to demolish listed buildings.
Created by: Lydia Franklin on behalf of SAVE Britain’s Heritage
Considered from: 06/06 2024

 

NEWS RELEASES

2024 SURF Awards Launched Online (SURF 06/06/2024)

Manifesto launched calling on the next UK Government to prioritise a clean energy future (Scottish renewables 07/06/2024)

National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses General Election Manifesto 2024 (fsb50 07/06/2024)

SAVE calls for national debate on demolition of Scottish heritage (Save Britain’s Heritage 11/06/2024)

Historic Environment Scotland appoints new CEO (HES 13/06/2024)

What the party manifestos have to say about museums and heritage (M&H Advisor 13/06/2024)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Counting the Cost: The case for making older people’s homes safe (Centre for Ageing Better 20/05/2024)

New Homes: An alternative is possible: Measuring the impact of cooperatives (IPPR 13/06/2024)

Briefing: Levelling up process following the general election in 2019 (National Institute of Economic and Social Research 14/06/2024)

 

SCOTTISH & UK: GOVERNMENTAL & PARLIAMENTARY PUBLICATIONS

Correspondence between The Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee and Paul McLennan concerning how the government plans to respond to the housing emergency (Scot Parl 04/06/2024)

Skills: Shared Outcomes Assurance Group minutes: 05 March 2024 (Scot Gov 04/06/2024)

Energy consents: application procedure and publicity requirements & how to support or object to an application (Scot Gov 05/06/2024)

Correspondence between Angus Robertson and the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee with an update on the Culture Strategy Action Plan (Scot Parl 05/06/2024)

Scotland’s Housing and Net Zero Conference Report (Scotland’s Futures Forum 05/06/2024)

Briefing Paper: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (SPICe 05/06/02024)

Briefing Paper: The Housing (Scotland) Bill (SPICe 06/06/2024)

Correspondence between the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee and Shirley-Anne Somerville regarding the Housing (Scotland) Bill (Scot Parl 06/06/2024)

Correspondence between the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee and Paul McLennan regarding implementation of short-term let licensing (Scot Parl 06/06/2024)

Correspondence between Mairi Gougeon and the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee with a draft outline of the Rural Support Plan under the Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill (Scot Gov 07/06/2024)

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) regulations 2020: ICIA (Scot Gov 10/06/2024)

Building standards – guidance changes April 2024: letter to local authority verifiers – 25 March 2024 (Scot Gov 10/06/2024)

Correspondence between Angus Robertson and the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee regarding the publication of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s (SFRS) Investigation Report into the origin and cause of the fire at Glasgow School of Art in 2018 (Scot Gov 10/06/2024)

Planning – Compulsory Purchase Reform Scotland Practitioner Advisory Group: terms of reference (Scot Gov 11/06/2024)

Proposals and appeals against non-domestic revaluations (Scot Gov 12/06/2024)

Stage 3 of the Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: grouping of amendments, marshalled list of amendments & revised explanatory notes (Scot Gov 12/06/2024)

SPICe Briefing: Housing (Scotland) Bill (SPICe 13/06/2024)

Cabinet sub-committees: factsheet (Scot Gov 13/06/2024)

Circular Economy Scotland Bill daily lists of amendments for Wednesday 12, Thursday 13 and Friday 14  (Scot Parl 14/06/2024)

Delegated powers in the agriculture and rural communities (Scotland) bill (as amended at stage 2) (Scot Parl 14/06/2024)

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee Meeting Clerk’s Note (Scot Parl 18/06/2024)

Planning permission appeals: housing development statistics (Scot Gov 18/06/2024)

 

OPINION & COMMENT

Fixing poor-quality homes could save the NHS and social care £1.5bn a year (Housing Today 20/05/2024)

Where the Heavens Meet the Stars: A Visionary Project for Doon Valley’s Future (The Scottish Beacon 05/06/2024)

HES urged to ‘wake up and smell coffee’ over climate crisis (Midlothian View 07/06/2024)

Cross-party group calls for immediate action to tackle Scotland’s housing emergency (Scottish Housing News 07/06/2024)

Energy boss calls for urgent reforms to hit UK green targets (Financial Times 09/06/2024)

Rent controls will make housing crisis worse, government agency warns (The Times 10/06/2024)

For new towns to contribute significantly to housing supply, design and delivery must both be right (Centre for Public Policy UK General Election Policy Insights 11/06/2024)

Will I need to spend a lot insulating my home to get a heat pump? (The Guardian 13/06/2024)

Charity calls on ministers to ‘step in and save’ historic battlefield site (The Herald 13/06/2024)

Scottish arts organisations braced for harsh cuts as exodus of talent already underway (The Scotsman 16/06/2024)

Hope and despair. The strange case of Scotland’s ‘protected’ buildings (The Herald 17/06/2024)

 

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Link to Parliamentary Questions and Answers

 

MOTIONS

S6M-13502
Submitted by: Paul McLennan, East Lothian, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: 05/06/2024
That the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee recommends that the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Amendment Order 2024 [draft] be approved.

S6M-13647
Submitted by: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: 14/06/2024
That the Parliament notes that 25 out of 32 local authorities have empty homes officers; recognises what it sees as the valued service that they provide; notes their on-the-ground experience of the diversity and complexity of the issue of long-term empty homes, particularly in the private sector, estimated to be around 40,000 houses, and with experience that will vary in different parts of Scotland, and urges the Scottish Government to meet with them as, it believes, this would seem a good place to start to determine what is and is not working to bring as many of these houses back into occupancy as homes.

S6M-13679
Submitted by: Kate Forbes, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: 17/06/2024
That the Parliament recognises that Scotland’s abundant natural resources and hugely talented people mean that there is opportunity to build a strong, successful and inclusive economy that realises the new opportunities from the transition to net zero and the digital revolution; acknowledges that Scotland’s economic potential can be realised through actions to support entrepreneurs, promote science and technology and ensure that the track record of innovation is translated into new businesses and improvements in productivity in all sectors of the economy, and agrees that doing so will build Scotland’s global reputation as a great place to do business, grow exports and secure international and domestic investment.

S6M-13663
Submitted by: Mairi Gougeon, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: 17/06/2024
That the Parliament agrees that the Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill be passed.

 

EVENTS

For further listings, please see our events calendar

ASPB – Natural Fibre Insulation and Traditional Buildings
Date & Time: Wednesday 26 June 2024; 1-2:30pm
Location: Online
Join the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASPB) and the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) for a webinar exploring how natural fibre insulation can help meet the challenges of retrofitting traditional buildings. Followed by Q&A and an engaging panel discussion.Landscape Institute – Digital Practice & Technology for Landscape Conference
Date & Time: Thursday 11 July 2024; 9am-5pm
Location: Central London
The Landscape Institute is holding a one-day conference dedicated to harnessing digital practice and technological innovation in the landscape industry and related disciplines. The event will bring together professionals from across the built and natural environment sectors to discuss how advances in technology can improve business operations, project delivery, and management in landscape practice. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the latest products and services, hear from thought-leaders, learn how to gain value from tech innovations, participate in practical demos, and network with peers and industry leaders. For more information, please email the press office.

TRAINING

Scottish Lime Centre Trust – Introduction to Stonemasonry
Date & Time: Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 June 2024; 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Merryhill Training Centre, Charlestown, Dunfermline KY12 3DR
Taught by a time-served Stonemason, this course is suitable for all abilities and covers an introduction to tools, techniques, and uses of basic stonemasonry. The course is designed for individuals with little or no experience in cutting and dressing natural stone; building contractors working on traditional stone buildings and structures who just want to learn the basic masonry skills for cutting and dressing sandstone; or a semi-skilled operative who needs to add to his skills set and be able to produce stone masonry units to plumb, level and plane with traditional tooling finishes.

 

VACANCIES

Built Environment Forum Scotland – Director
Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) is seeking a new Director to lead the organisation following the departure of Ailsa Macfarlane. The Director will play a crucial role in bringing together the diverse built environment sector to address strategic issues and support a vibrant and sustainable future for Scotland’s existing built environment. With significant experience and expertise, the successful candidate will continue BEFS’ important work in facilitating dialogue, collaboration, and advocacy across the sector.
For more information, visit BEFS Vacancy page and to download full job description and details on how to apply, please click this link.Scottish Historic Buildings Trust – Trustee Roles
Scottish Historic Buildings Trust seeks four new trustees with expertise in areas such as strategy, finance, heritage conservation, marketing, fundraising, property development and asset management. Help shape the future of this leading organisation dedicated to preserving Scotland’s historic buildings. 3-year term, 4 meetings per year. For more information, visit www.shbt.org.uk. To apply, email CV and cover letter to maggie.wright@mwa.co.

The Heritage Trust Network – Volunteering opportunities
Youth Forum
The Heritage Trust Network is seeking young people aged 18-30 who are interested in the rescue, restoration and management of historic buildings, structures and places who want their voice heard in the heritage sector. Volunteers will be involved in shaping the new Youth Forum; creating recommendations and advice to help members involve young people in heritage in a democratic way; co-designing, leading, and taking part in online and in-person events; and creating online content including social media posts, blogs, or vlogs.
If you are interested in joining, please fill out a short application form here.

Digital Heroes Project Volunteer
Are you digitally skilled, interested in helping heritage organisations and available to volunteer? The Heritage Trust Network are seeking people based in Scotland to join their Digital Heroes project which matches up digitally skilled young people with one of their member organisations to help them undertake a digital project. Examples include doing social media posts, digitising an archive, or creating a digital marketing plan. If you are interested in volunteering as a digital hero, please fill out a short application form here.
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In mid-July BEFS will be saying a sad but fond farewell to Director, Ailsa Macfarlane, as she takes up a new role as Head of National and International Partnerships for National Museums Scotland (NMS).

BEFS Announcement

In mid-July BEFS will be saying a sad but fond farewell to Director, Ailsa Macfarlane, as she takes up a new role as Head of National and International Partnerships for National Museums Scotland (NMS).

In her 7 years with BEFS – first in Policy & Strategy, then as Director – Ailsa has used her very considerable expertise, enthusiasm and skill in bringing the breadth of the sector together to address strategic issues and support a vibrant built environment sector.

From work on development of the Sustainable Investment Toolkit (SIT), to an extensive partnership with the National Trust for Scotland; her important legacy of listening to the sector, and skilfully facilitating discussion and debate, is work that BEFS looks forward to continuing.

The Board and BEFS team are very sorry to see Ailsa go but are delighted to see she will still be working within the cultural-heritage sector. We know there are many connections which will remain part of future conversations.

We are delighted to announce that with significant knowledge and experience within BEFS team, from August Hazel Johnson will be stepping into the role of BEFS Interim Director.  BEFS looks forward to continuing to serve our Members, Associates, and the wider sector.

For those interested in knowing more about the role of BEFS Director – the recruitment pack has just been released, and you can download full details, here.

And you can read more about the role on our vacancies page.

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BEFS NEWS

After the recent announcement of the general election (UK) it has been announced that the Programme for Government (PFG) is now expected to take place in its ‘usual September slot’. The PFG team have confirmed they are returning to the original schedule planned prior to the change in First Minister, with proposals to be shared with relevant Scottish Government teams in June.  A slimmed down Programme is anticipated, framed around the four themes shared by John Swinney when setting out his government priorities in Parliament, namely eradicating child poverty; growing the economy; tackling the climate emergency; and improving public services.
A date for the Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) has not yet been confirmed.

More on politics, Culture Counts has sent correspondence to the new First Minister and Cabinet Secretary querying the decision to remove the role of Minister for Culture, Europe, and International Development.

And on a final political note, The Heritage Alliance have issued a call in advance of the general election, encouraging all heritage organisations to consider action! The Heritage Manifesto 2024 published earlier this year is now more relevant than ever.

BEFS are pleased to see that the Social Value Toolkit (launched in 2021), which provides guidance on assessing and working with the social value of heritage places, is now seeking user feedback. Researchers at the University of Stirling are inviting input on how the Toolkit is being used and what further resources might be helpful. Whether you are a regular user or hearing about it for the first time, please share your thoughts via their short online survey.

BEFS congratulates all those nominated and the winners of the 2024 RIAS Awards, which were revealed this week. The eleven winning projects demonstrate outstanding new architecture across Scotland, including homes, workplaces, community, and cultural buildings. The winners of the RIAS Awards will now form the longlist for the prestigious RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award. The Doolan Award shortlist will be announced in July, with the winner revealed in November. More details on the 2024 RIAS Award winners can be found on the RIAS website.

And finally, Planning for Doors Open Days 2024, Scotland’s largest free festival celebrating places and stories, is underway. Find out more about this year’s September dates across Scotland and how to get involved. But if you can’t wait until September, there’s a bumper summer crop of events to explore in this edition of BEFS Bulletin!

 

CONSULTATIONS

National Performance Framework: Inquiry into proposed National Outcomes
Scottish Parliament
The Scottish Government must, by law, review the National Outcomes for Scotland at least every five years. The Scottish Parliament must be consulted on proposed National Outcomes and considers the consultation the Government has carried out. The Scottish Government’s Report on proposed National Outcomes and its consultation was published on 2 May 2024. The Finance and Public Administration Committee is leading in considering the proposed National Outcomes, although some other Committees will wish to consider evidence in their areas of interest. There is one consultation for all Committees which seeks your views on the Government’s proposed National Outcomes.
Closes 28 June 2024

Inventory of Historic Battlefields – Revisions to Selection Guidance
Historic Environment Scotland (HES)
HES is proposing revisions to the battlefields selection guidance in response to recommendations made by Lichfields UK in a report that was commissioned in 2021 to inform best practice in the designation and management of inventory battlefields in the planning system. Many organisations and individuals play an important role in looking after Scotland’s historic battlefields, and their views are being requested to help HES to shape the changes being made to guidance to be applied when designating inventory battlefields.
*New* Closes 2 July 2024

Time limits for enforcement action for unauthorised Environmental Impact Assessment development
Scottish Government
Comments are invited on proposals to disapply Section 124 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (‘the 1997 Act’) concerning the time limits for taking enforcement action on unauthorised development which requires an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This follows a case of unauthorised development in Northern Ireland for which an EIA was required, but not undertaken. The need for EIA was only identified after the time limit for enforcement had expired and the development was immune from enforcement action. As the Scottish planning system is like the system in Northern Ireland, the Scottish Government considers it is possible, although unlikely, that a similar situation could arise in Scotland.
Closes 11 July 2024

Review of charity regulation
Scottish Government
The Scottish Government ran a consultation in 2019 about proposals the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) had made on improvements to the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. In response to that consultation, it was noted that some respondents wanted a wider review of charity regulation. This consultation aims to understand if people still feel that way and if so, what they think should be the purpose and parameters for a review.
Closes 22 July 2024

Tenement law: compulsory owners’ associations
Scottish Law Commission
In March 2018, a Scottish Parliament Working Group was convened to explore what actions could be taken to improve the condition of Scotland’s tenements. The Scottish Law Commission’s project follows from a reference under the Law Commissions Act 1965 received on 10 January 2022 from the (then) Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government (Shona Robison MSP). The reference asks for recommendations to be made to implement the Working Group’s recommendation that all tenements should have an owners’ association. Consultation is critical in all law reform projects to ensure that the final recommendations would, if implemented, result in law which is just, principled, responsive, and easy to understand.
Closes 1 August 2024

Flood resilience strategy
Scottish Government
Scotland’s climate has changed significantly and will continue to change for decades to come, resulting in the need to learn to live with and adapt to flooding in Scotland. The Flood Resilience Strategy will set out what needs to be done in the long term to create a flood resilient Scotland. The consultation paper sets out the principles guiding the strategy and the three key themes of people, places, and processes. These have been developed following a series of workshops and engagement with communities, practitioners, and researchers in 2023. The consultation paper contains full background information.
*New* Closes 13 August 2024

Compulsory Purchase Reform
Scottish Government
The Scottish Government have committed to reform and modernise compulsory purchase legislation. As a first step, they have established an advisory group to help support the reform programme. The group, to be co-chaired by the Chief Planner and Roseanna Cunningham, brings together several expert practitioners with first-hand experience of the compulsory purchase process. They recognise, however, that a range of organisations have an interest in this area and are consulting broadly and are keen to hear from a wide range of voices as the work moves forward.
Please get in touch at CPO.Reform@gov.scot

Strategic Plan Survey
Scottish Civic Trust
The Scottish Civic Trust are refreshing their Strategic Plan. To inform their future activities they are surveying people across Scotland about key themes related to their work. All input will help them better empower Scotland’s communities to act for shared spaces and places. All survey results are anonymous and will be stored on a Google Drive to which only Scottish Civic Trust has access. Analysed and summarised survey results will be shared in reports to Scottish Civic Trust’s funders and may appear in their annual reports.

 

NEWS RELEASES

Scotland’s Landscape Charter Review: workshop summary April 2024 (Scotland’s Landscape Alliance 03/05/2024)

Amid difficult landscape, 43 churches are saved for the future (National Churches Trust 10/05/2024)

What are local heat and energy efficiency strategies [LHEES]? (The Engine Shed 17/05/2024)

Homeownership for young adults has recovered to its 2010 level (Institute for Fiscal Studies 29/05/2024)

2024 Winners of Europe’s top heritage awards announced by the European Commission and Europa Nostra (Europa Nostra 30/05/2024)

General Election 2024: Scottish Civic Trust Manifesto (Scottish Civic Trust 03/06/2024)

COSLA has published its ‘Significant Seven’ asks for the incoming UK Government ahead of the general election. (COSLA 04/06/2024)

Scotland’s national architecture awards – RIAS Awards winners revealed (RIAS 04/06/2024)

 

PUBLICATIONS

The Heritage Manifesto 2024 (The Heritage Alliance April 2024)

Spotlight on: Low-income households (UK Heritage Pulse April 2024)

Third Sector Tracker and key stats on the size and shape of the Scottish voluntary sector (SCVO May 2024)

Focusing on the Skills Construction Needs (Construction Skills Network Scotland May 2024)

Labour market intelligence Report Scotland 2024-2028 (CITB 15/05/2024)

Report on rural and coastal housing crisis identifies ‘ghost enclaves’ of low-use homes and calls for action on second homes and short lets (abrdn Financial Fairness Trust 15/05/2024)

Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies: Historic and Traditional Buildings (HES 16/05/2024)

Letters to the new First Minister and Cabinet Secretary (Culture Counts 28/05/2024)

Reality and Delivery: Achieving Net Zero in Scotland’s Homes (Our Scottish Future 30/05/2024)

 

SCOTTISH & UK: GOVERNMENTAL & PARLIAMENTARY PUBLICATIONS

Correspondence between the Levelling Up, Housing & Communities Committee to the Department for Education regarding their lack of engagement on the committee’s inquiry on children, young people and the built environment (UK Parl 15/04/2024)

Correspondence between the Finance and Public Administration Committee and committee conveners regarding its scrutiny of the proposed national outcomes arising from the Scottish Government’s recent review (Scot Parl 03/05/2024)

New levelling up powers to fill empty shops across England (UK Gov 14/05/2024)

Cladding Remediation Bill passed (Scot Gov 14/05/2024)

Correspondence between Mairi Gougeon and the Net Zero, Energy and Transport on issues related to the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (Scot Gov 14/05/2024)

Delegated powers in the Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill, as amended at Stage 2 (Scot Parl 14/05/2024)

Submission from the Climate Emergency Response Group to the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee on the NPF4 annual review (Scot Parl 14/05/2024)

Community Energy Generation Growth Fund (Scot Gov 15/05/2024)

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (Scot Parl 15/05/2024)

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) (Amendment) Order 2024 Impact Assessments (Scot Gov 16/05/2024)

Working together to realise Scotland’s economic potential (Scot Gov 17/05/2024)

Official statistics: forthcoming publications (Scot Gov 17/05/2024)

Scottish local government finance statistics (SLGFS) 2022-23: workbooks (Scot Gov 17/05/2024)

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee: National Planning Framework 4 annual review (Scot Parl 21/05/2024)

Scotland’s Carbon Footprint: 1998-2020 (Scot Gov 21/05/2024)

Community action to reach net zero (Scot Gov 21/05/2024)

Priorities for Scotland: First Minister’s statement (Scot Gov 22/05/2024)

Single Building Assessment programme: spending information (Scot Gov 22/05/2024)

Planning and environmental appeals: guidance for reporters (Scot Gov 22/05/2024)

Short Term Lets Licensing Statistics, to 31 December 2023 (Scot Gov 23/05/2024)

Planning: core documents library (23/05/2024)

Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme: Progress Report 2023-2024 (Scot Gov 23/05/2024)

Correspondence between the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee and Mairi Gougeon asking for clarification surrounding the government’s planned amendments to the Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill in relation to the rural support plan (Scot Parl 23/05/2024)

Levelling Up Partnership funding confirmed (UK Gov 24/05/2024)

Long-Term Plan for Towns: Long-Term Plan guidance (UK Gov 24/05/2024)

£5 million for Scotland’s island communities (Scot Gov 24/05/2024)

Visitor Levy Bill passed (Scot Gov 28/05/2024)

Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill – stage 3 debate: Investment Minister statement (Scot Gov 28/05/2024)

Climate change monitoring report 2024 (Scot Gov 28/05/2024)

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee Official Report & Minutes (Scot Parl 28/05/2024)

Planning circular 1/2024: householder permitted development rights (Scot Gov 28/05/2024)

Planning circular 2/2024: non-domestic permitted development rights (Scot Gov 28/05/2024)

Correspondence between The Open University and the Economy and Fair Work Committee expressing disappointment about funding cuts for upskilling and reskilling (Scot Parl 28/05/2024)

Local government finance circular 6/2024: council tax on second and long-term unoccupied homes guidance (Scot Gov 29/05/2024)

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC): Cross Sector Working Group minutes – March 2024 (Scot Gov 29/05/2024)

Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill (Scot Parl 29/05/2024)

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) regulations 2020: EQIA (Scot Gov 29/05/2024)

Scottish Building Standards Hub – May 2024 Update (Scot Gov 29/05/2024)

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee Annual Report 2023-24 (Scot Parl 30/05/2024)

Public appointment: Members appointed to the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (Scot Gov 30/05/2024)

List of special advisers who provide advice across all portfolio areas in the Scottish Government (Scot Gov 31/05/2024)

BICS weighted Scotland estimates: data to wave 108 (Scot Gov 31/05/2024)

Infrastructure levy for Scotland: discussion paper (Scot Gov 03/06/2024)

Planning permission appeals: housing development statistics (Scot Gov 04/06/2024)

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee Meeting (Scot Parl 04/06/2024)

 

OPINION & COMMENT

RIAS Quarterly: The Secret Lives of Buildings (Fraser/Livingstone Architects 01/04/2024)

Aviemore’s Earth House Wins BBC Scotland’s Home of the Year Award (BBC 10/05/2024)

Kate Forbes takes on key Minister for Culture responsibilities (The Herald 15/05/2024)

Championing improvement in Scotland’s planning system (Local Government Information Unit 15/05/2024)

Retrofit experts highlight critical actions required to reach net zero targets (Scottish Housing News 15/05/2024)

The beauty of concrete (Works in Progress 17/05/2024)

Mackintosh building restoration should be taken out of Glasgow art school’s hands, say experts (The Guardian 23/05/2024)

Culture Minister Lucy Frazer struggles to name any ‘at risk’ arts organisations (Arts Professional 23/05/2024)

Scotland’s net zero climate targets ‘never possible’ admits McAllan (The Herald 28/05/2024)

Heat pumps clarity would help our obligations on route to net zero (The Herald 28/05/2024)

New commission set up to protect built heritage in Glasgow (Glasgow Times 29/05/2024)

Scottish Empty Homes Partnership welcomes new national manager (Scottish Housing News 29/05/2024)

High-skilled apprenticeships have high returns – but funding via a ‘crackdown’ on higher education courses is challenging (IPPR 30/05/2024)

Scottish Borders Council declares housing emergency (BBC News 30/05/2024)

Global tourism is booming. These people would rather it wasn’t (BBC News 31/05/2024)

Retrofit work overshadows new builds at 2024 RIAS Awards (Urban Realm 4/06/2024)

 

MOTIONS

S6M-13197
Submitted by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: 13/05/2024
That the Parliament believes that Scotland is in a housing emergency and that the housing emergency is more acutely felt in some parts of the country than others; acknowledges that the current situation is due to a combination of factors including those out with the Scottish Government’s powers, including a decade of UK Government austerity, soaring inflation and an increasing cost of living, labour shortages linked to Brexit, and a freeze to local housing allowance (LHA) rates; calls on the UK Government to reverse the near 9% cut in Scotland’s capital funding settlement, commit to ensuring that LHA rates will permanently meet at least the 30th percentile of local rents, and provide adequate support to local authorities impacted by the increase in asylum support cessations; recognises the Scottish Government’s record on delivering affordable homes and action taken on rent rises; notes that in 2024-25, despite the UK Government imposing a cut to its capital budget, the Scottish Government will invest nearly £600 million in affordable housing and over £90 million for discretionary housing payments; welcomes the actions in the Housing (Scotland) Bill to tackle rising rent levels and the continued focus on the target of delivering 110,000 high-quality, energy efficient affordable homes; agrees that the Scottish Government, UK Government and local authorities must work together to deliver a housing system that meets the needs of the people of Scotland; notes that there are a record number of people in Scotland experiencing homelessness with almost 10,000 children stuck in temporary accommodation and 45 children becoming homeless in Scotland every day; calls on the Scottish Ministers to bring forward an urgent housing emergency action plan to tackle the issues raised by the Scottish Government’s own expert Homelessness Prevention Task and Finish Group, including actions that will reduce the number of children stuck in temporary accommodation by the end of this parliamentary session; recognises the need to improve capacity in local government to prevent more local homelessness services falling into systemic failure, and the need to improve delivery for those with specific supported living needs, and calls on the Scottish Ministers to review how national government, local authorities and third sector partners are working together on the shared ambition to end homelessness.

S6M-13174
Submitted by: Graham Simpson, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: 13/05/2024
That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish Law Commission’s discussion paper on the proposed scheme for tenement owners’ associations; recognises that this discussion paper follows the work of the Tenement Maintenance Working Group, convened at the Scottish Parliament in March 2018, which was established to explore actions that could be taken to improve the condition of Scotland’s tenements, including those in the Central Scotland region; acknowledges that the Scottish Law Commission’s project responds to the Tenement Maintenance Working Group’s recommendation that every tenement building in Scotland should have an owners’ association to coordinate work to the building, and a corresponding reference received from the Scottish Government to that effect in January 2022; notes the discussion paper’s proposals concerning the functions, powers and duties of a tenement owners’ association, including the role of an association manager, decision-making procedures, liability of owners for costs and the implementation of an annual budgeting system, and further notes the encouragement for those with an interest in the issues raised in the discussion paper to respond to its proposals before 1 August 2024, in order to shape the recommendations made in the Scottish Law Commission’s final report.

S6M-13349
Submitted by: Tom Arthur, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: 22/05/2024
That the Parliament agrees that the Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill be passed.

 

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Link to Parliamentary Questions and Answers

 

EVENTS

For further listings, please see our events calendar

Under One Roof – Managing common repairs webinar with North Ayrshire Council
Date & Time: Tuesday 11 June 2024; 1-2:30pm
Location: Online
Join Under One Roof and North Ayrshire Council for a free and informative webinar on tenement maintenance and repair management. The webinar will cover essential topics, such as understanding relevant legislation and the steps to take when organising common repairs. There will also be an update from the Council on the services and support available to landlords, as well as information about the Council’s Missing Shares scheme. There will be detailed presentations, followed by a Q&A session.

Under One Roof – Managing common repairs webinar with City of Edinburgh Council
Date & Time: Wednesday 12 June 2024; 12:30-2pm
Location: Online
Join Under One Roof, the Shared Repairs team from the City of Edinburgh Council, and Novoville Shared Repairs for a free and informative webinar on tenement maintenance and repair management. The webinar will cover essential topics such as understanding relevant legislation, steps for organising common repairs, and the support available for navigating the repairs process. There will be detailed presentations, including an overview and demonstration of the Novoville Shared Repairs app, followed by a Q&A session.

SPAB Scotland – Working Party at Tibbermore Church
Date: Wednesday 12 – Sunday 16 June 2024
Location: Tibbermore, Perth PH1 1QJ
Join SPAB Scotland to help repair this historic church inside and out and learn traditional building craft skills along the way – including lime pointing, plastering and harling, Scotch slating, and signwriting. These friendly Working Parties are a great space to learn about building conservation, whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned professional. There will also be a celebratory ceilidh at the end of the week. In partnership with Historic Churches Scotland.

IHBC Annual School 2024 – #IHBC Reading 2024
Date & Time:  Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 June 2024
Location: Online and in-person: Reading Town Hall
The IHBC is delighted to welcome Gerard Lemos, Chair of English Heritage as the opening speaker for the IHBC Annual School 2024, Reading – Place & Building Care: Finance, policy & people in conservation practice. Join in person or online for an enriching experience diving into the world of heritage conservation. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn, network, and explore heritage conservation and planning challenges in managing buildings, property and places together. Insights, learning and engagement for all disciplines and interests. Flexible, low-cost online delegate engagement options and bursaries available. Book your ticket now.

Heritage Trust Network – Regenerating Huntly!
Date & Time: Tuesday 18 June 2024; 9:30am-4pm
Location: No. 30 The Square, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 8BR
Are you working on a heritage regeneration project in Scotland? Keen to meet others who are working on similar projects, ask questions and gain some inspiration? Then this event is for you. Hear presentations from member projects across the Northeast, share your experiences and connect with funders. Kindly hosted by Huntly & District Development Trust, come along to the newly opened No. 30 building to see how a multi-million-pound project has created an incredible asset for the local community – including a café, cinema, co-working and retail spaces.

Under One Roof – Aberdeenshire Landlord Forums
Date & Time: Thursday 20 June 2024; 2-4pm & 6-8pm
Location: Garioch Heritage Centre, Loco Works Road, Inverurie, AB51 4FY
Join Under One Roof for a free and informative afternoon or evening with SafeDeposits Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council. Note: there will be two sessions. The first is from 2 to 4pm and the second is from 6 to 8pm. Topics covered will include understanding the importance of inventories, an update on the private sector housing landscape, and tenement maintenance and repair management.

Docomomo Scotland – ‘Strength and simplicity’: The architectural sculpture of Phyllis Mary Bone RSA (1894-1972)
Date & Time: Thursday 20 June 2024; 7-8pm
Location: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2JL
The sculpture of the Ashworth Building (1927-28) at King’s Buildings, Edinburgh University, are remarkable for their decorative quality and sensitivity. In this talk, Elizabeth Cumming places them within the career of Phyllis Bone, one of Britain’s finest animaliers who, in 1944, was the first woman to be elected a full Royal Scottish Academician.

ASPB – Natural Fibre Insulation and Traditional Buildings
Date & Time: Wednesday 26 June 2024; 1-2:30pm
Location: Online
Join the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASPB) and the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) for a webinar exploring how natural fibre insulation can help meet the challenges of retrofitting traditional buildings. Followed by Q&A and an engaging panel discussion.

Landscape Institute – Digital Practice & Technology for Landscape Conference
Date & Time: Thursday 11 July 2024; 9am-5pm
Location: Central London
The Landscape Institute is holding a one-day conference dedicated to harnessing digital practice and technological innovation in the landscape industry and related disciplines. The event will bring together professionals from across the built and natural environment sectors to discuss how advances in technology can improve business operations, project delivery, and management in landscape practice. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the latest products and services, hear from thought-leaders, learn how to gain value from tech innovations, participate in practical demos, and network with peers and industry leaders. For more information, please email the press office.

TRAINING

DPEA – Planning Appeals Training for Communities
Date & Time: Wednesday 12 June 2024; 6-7:30pm
Location: Online
The Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) is part of the Scottish Government, dealing with planning appeals and a range of casework including wind farm proposals and electricity infrastructure. Join this event to hear about DPEA’s role, how it works and how communities can get involved. Open to all Community Councils and community groups. Planning Aid Scotland and DPEA reporters will introduce the key themes, followed by a panel discussion on questions from the audience. If you have any questions, please send an email by 31 May 2024. Make sure you use the subject heading ‘Planning Appeals Training’ so it reaches the right person. Please click here to book your place and joining instructions will be sent to you via email.

C&BS – Philanthropy Matters: Activating Legacy Giving
Date & Time: Tuesday 18 June & Tuesday 25 June 2024; 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Online
This live classroom online course, led by Marina Jones, gives you the best possible foundations for activating and running legacy campaigns. Using a mix of presentation, small group discussion, real world practical case studies and academic research, you will learn how to raise more money from legacies. By the end of the course, you’ll have a strong understanding of the potential and joy of legacy fundraising and a plan for your legacy campaign. You’ll also feel more confident in how to approach legacy marketing with your Board, your staff and your audience.

RIAS – Retrofit, home design and ethics in Architecture
Date & Time: Tuesday 18 June 2024; 2-5pm
Location: Online
The RIAS are pleased to welcome Dr Heba Sarhan, Research Fellow – Architecture, University of Strathclyde and Michael Dougall, Director at O’Donnell Brown, for an insightful event exploring ethical approaches to housing design. This session will look at: home design as a tool for supporting access to experiencing ‘home’ and alleviating barriers of social inequality, research on how home design affects well-being and examples and case studies for achieving accessible, adaptable home design in practice.

Scottish Lime Centre Trust – Introduction to Stonemasonry
Date & Time: Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 June 2024; 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Merryhill Training Centre, Charlestown, Dunfermline KY12 3DR
Taught by a time-served Stonemason, this course is suitable for all abilities and covers an introduction to tools, techniques, and uses of basic stonemasonry. The course is designed for individuals with little or no experience in cutting and dressing natural stone; building contractors working on traditional stone buildings and structures who just want to learn the basic masonry skills for cutting and dressing sandstone; or a semi-skilled operative who needs to add to his skills set and be able to produce stone masonry units to plumb, level and plane with traditional tooling finishes.

 

VACANCIES

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust – Trustee Roles
Scottish Historic Buildings Trust seeks four new trustees with expertise in areas such as strategy, finance, heritage conservation, marketing, fundraising, property development and asset management. Help shape the future of this leading organisation dedicated to preserving Scotland’s historic buildings. 3-year term, 4 meetings per year. For more information visit www.shbt.org.uk. To apply, email CV and cover letter to maggie.wright@mwa.co.

The Heritage Trust Network – Volunteering opportunities
Youth Forum
The Heritage Trust Network is seeking young people aged 18-30 who are interested in the rescue, restoration and management of historic buildings, structures and places who want their voice heard in the heritage sector. Volunteers will be involved in shaping the new Youth Forum; creating recommendations and advice to help members involve young people in heritage in a democratic way; co-designing, leading, and taking part in online and in-person events; and creating online content including social media posts, blogs, or vlogs.
If you are interested in joining, please fill out a short application form here.

Digital Heroes Project Volunteer
Are you digitally skilled, interested in helping heritage organisations and available to volunteer? The Heritage Trust Network are seeking people based in Scotland to join their Digital Heroes project which matches up digitally skilled young people with one of their member organisations to help them undertake a digital project. Examples include doing social media posts, digitising an archive, or creating a digital marketing plan. If you are interested in volunteering as a digital hero, please fill out a short application form here.

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First Minister John Swinney recently announced his new cabinet and ministerial team. The reshuffle presents a range of changes, most notably the loss of a Minister with responsibility for Culture. However, it is the changes in language that BEFS considers most significant; you can read more on those changes, and the potential alterations to the National Performance Framework, in BEFS Director’s most recent blog.

Last week also saw the Tenement Maintenance Working Group have an event at the Scottish Parliament to promote the consultation related to the long-awaited Scottish Law Commission discussion paper on Owner’s Associations. We commend the work done to this point and hope that all those with an interest in this area will respond to the consultation paper.

BEFS was delighted to collaborate with a wide range of partners on the CIOB-led report Meeting Scotland’s Retrofit Challenge: Solutions from the Industry.  Co-designed to highlight the unique challenges associated with the widescale uptake of retrofit, the report identifies opportunities and ways to mitigate barriers. The document encourages government action through key policy recommendations, including establishing a Ministerial Oversight Group on Retrofit and developing a long-term Retrofit Delivery Plan with a joined-up approach to funding, regulating, and incentivising retrofit work across Scotland.

When it comes to meeting challenges, we also want to draw readers’ attention to the publication from The Heritage Alliance: On The Brink: Heritage in the Cost-of-Living Crisis- Heritage Alliance Insight Report. This report sets out the critical effects of the ongoing cost of living crisis on heritage. Following 18 months of data gathering, the research highlights how new challenges have deepened cracks in the foundations of our sector.

Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have announced a new strategic partnership to promote and protect Scotland’s historic environment. The collaboration will raise awareness of HES funding programmes and the new Historic Environment sector strategy, with a focus on what they mean for towns. STP Chief Officer Kimberley Guthrie emphasised the partnership’s potential to support communities in preserving and enhancing their cultural assets and historic town centre buildings. At the same time, Alison Turnbull from HES highlighted the opportunity to advocate for heritage as a key element of successful placemaking.

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and the Landmark Trust are both embarking on significant projects to save and restore iconic historic buildings in Scotland. While the Landmark Trust has secured funding worth £5.3 million from the National Heritage Memorial Fund to acquire and stabilize Mavisbank House, the GSA is updating its business case for the faithful reinstatement of the fire-damaged Mackintosh Building, alongside arbitration proceedings with insurers. Both projects highlight the role of cultural heritage in regenerating local areas.

And finally, CIfA has announced the appointment of a new CEO Nathan Baker, who will join in early June. Nathan replaces Peter Hinton, who is retiring from the role after more than 25 years. We extend our sincere appreciation to Pete for his extensive and well-informed involvement with BEFS over the years and wish him the best in his retirement.

 

CONSULTATIONS

Housing (Scotland) Bill Call for Views
Scottish Parliament
The Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee and Social Justice and Social Security Committee are seeking views on the Housing (Scotland) Bill. The Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee is the lead committee for the Bill, but the Social Justice and Social Security Committee will consider Part 5 (making provision about homelessness prevention) and Part 6 (insofar as it relates to fuel poverty) as these matters fall within its remit.
Closes 17 May 2024

Call for Views on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill
Scottish Parliament
The Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee is seeking your views on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. The Bill was introduced by the Scottish Government on 13 March and covers land reform – there are various provisions imposing requirements in relation to owners of larger estates and the transfer of larger estates; lease for environmental purposes – the Bill requires the Scottish Government to publish a model lease for environmental purposes; and small landholdings and agricultural tenancies – there are various provisions in the Bill which the Scottish Government says are to modernise the law. Find out more about the Bill and read its accompanying documents
Closes 21 May 2024

Masterplan Consent Area Regulations
Scottish Government
The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 introduced MCAs – which will enable planning authorities to take a place leadership role, by proactively consenting the type and quality of development they wish to see in their areas. The Masterplan consent area regulations consultation covers the type of development which can be authorised, potential locations for MCAs and the procedures for making a scheme. It includes two sets of regulations: covering the main process for making MCA schemes and relating to EIA of MCA schemes. The separate consultation on ‘Investing in Planning’ also includes proposals for recouping costs of preparing MCA schemes.
Closes 22 May 2024

Development plan amendment regulations
Scottish Government
With the move to National Planning Framework (NPF) and Local Development Plans (LDPs) having a review period of 10 years, the 2019 Act introduced the provision for them to be amended between full review cycles. This enables the planning system to respond where newly emerging matters arise.
The development plan amendment regulations consultation covers proposals for the regulations. The aim is for procedures to amend both NPF and LDP to be proportionate and to provide a process that is more responsive and streamlined, whilst balancing the need for robust justification, engagement, and scrutiny. This will ultimately give decision makers some flexibility of process, based on the scale and significance of the amendments.
Closes 22 May 2024

Investing in Planning
Scottish Government
This consultation on resourcing Scotland’s planning system is in response to current resourcing challenges. It builds on ideas generated in a stakeholder workshop held in November 2023 and sets out a series of proposals which aim to improve capacity and build resilience particularly within planning authorities.  In addition to inviting stakeholder views on the proposals outlined, the consultation encourages stakeholders to suggest further ideas on alternative ways to support delivery and build resilience.
Closes 31 May 2024

National Performance Framework: Inquiry into proposed National Outcomes
Scottish Parliament
The Scottish Government must, by law, review the National Outcomes for Scotland at least every five years. The Scottish Parliament must be consulted on proposed National Outcomes and considers the consultation the Government has carried out. The Scottish Government’s Report on proposed National Outcomes and its consultation was published on 2 May 2024. The Finance and Public Administration Committee is leading in considering the proposed National Outcomes, although some other Committees will wish to consider evidence in their areas of interest. There is one consultation for all Committees which seeks your views on the Government’s proposed National Outcomes.
*NEW* Closes 28 June 2024

Time limits for enforcement action for unauthorised Environmental Impact Assessment development
Scottish Government
Comments are invited on proposals to disapply Section 124 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (‘the 1997 Act’) concerning the time limits for taking enforcement action on unauthorised development which requires an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This follows a case of unauthorised development in Northern Ireland for which an EIA was required, but not undertaken. The need for EIA was only identified after the time limit for enforcement had expired and the development was immune from enforcement action. As the Scottish planning system is like the system in Northern Ireland, the Scottish Government considers it is possible, although unlikely, that a similar situation could arise in Scotland.
Closes 11 July 2024

Review of charity regulation
Scottish Government
The Scottish Government ran a consultation in 2019 about proposals the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) had made on improvements to the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. In response to that consultation, it was noted that some respondents wanted a wider review of charity regulation. This consultation aims to understand if people still feel that way and if so, what they think should be the purpose and parameters for a review.
*NEW* Closes 22 July 2024

Tenement law: compulsory owners’ associations
Scottish Law Commission
In March 2018, a Scottish Parliament Working Group was convened to explore what actions could be taken to improve the condition of Scotland’s tenements. The Scottish Law Commission’s project follows from a reference under the Law Commissions Act 1965 received on 10 January 2022 from the (then) Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government (Shona Robison MSP). The reference asks for recommendations to be made to implement the Working Group’s recommendation that all tenements should have an owners’ association. Consultation is critical in all law reform projects to ensure that the final recommendations would, if implemented, result in law which is just, principled, responsive, and easy to understand.
*NEW* Closes 1 August 2024

Compulsory Purchase Reform
Scottish Government
The Scottish Government have committed to reform and modernise compulsory purchase legislation. As a first step, they have established an advisory group to help support the reform programme. The group, to be co-chaired by the Chief Planner and Roseanna Cunningham, brings together several expert practitioners with first-hand experience of the compulsory purchase process. They recognise, however, that a range of organisations have an interest in this area and are consulting broadly and are keen to hear from a wide range of voices as the work moves forward.
Please get in touch at CPO.Reform@gov.scot

Strategic Plan Survey – Scottish Civic Trust
The Scottish Civic Trust are refreshing their Strategic Plan. To inform their future activities they are surveying people across Scotland about key themes related to their work. All input will help them better empower Scotland’s communities to act for shared spaces and places. All survey results are anonymous and will be stored on a Google Drive to which only Scottish Civic Trust has access. Analysed and summarised survey results will be shared in reports to Scottish Civic Trust’s funders and may appear in their annual reports.

 

CONSULTATION RESPONSES

Parliamentary Report: Consultation with Parliament in connection with the Review of National Outcomes (Scot Parl 01/05/2024)

 

NEWS RELEASES

New guide on how to create 20-minute neighbourhood launched (University of Dundee 19/04/2024)

Scotland’s Towns Partnership joins forces with Historic Environment Scotland (STP 07/05/2024)

Polling shows strong UK public support for deposit return scheme roll out (Tomra/Diffley Partnership 08/05/2024)

Mavisbank House saved for the nation (National Heritage Memorial Fund 10/05/2024)

Glasgow School of Art in arbitration proceedings over Macintosh Building (Glasgow School of Art 10/05/2024)

7 Most Endangered programme 2025: Call for Nominations (Europa Nostra 14/05/2024)

 

PUBLICATIONS

UK Cities Intelligence – Issue 3: Retrofit at Scale (ARUP April 2024)

Understanding the 20-Minute Neighbourhood: Making opportunities for people to live well locally (University of Dundee April 2024)

Championing natural materials to de-risk retrofit (Sustainable Development Foundation 09/04/2024)

The impact of climate change on cultural heritage (European Parliament Think Tank 18/04/2024)

Scotland Visitor Survey 2023: Summary (Visit Scotland 07/05/2024)

Is the city planned and built for me? (Journal of Accessibility and Design for All 11/05/2024)
Citizens’ experiences of inclusion, exclusion and (un)equal living conditions in the built environment.

The Macroeconomic Policy Outlook Q2 2024 (The Resolution Foundation 13/05/2024)

Meeting Scotland’s Retrofit Challenge: solutions from the industry (CIOB and partners 15/05/2024)

On The Brink: Heritage in the Cost-of-Living Crisis- Heritage Alliance Insight Report (The Heritage Alliance 15/05/2024)

 

SCOTTISH & UK: GOVERNMENTAL & PARLIAMENTARY PUBLICATIONS

Heat networks regulation – consumer protection (UK Gov April 2024)

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee [Draft] minutes (Scot Parl 16/04/2024)

Correspondence between the Regulatory Review Group and the Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, about the forthcoming Circular Economy Bill (Scot Gov 30/04/2024)

Planning and environmental appeals: guidance for reporters (Scot Gov 30/04/2024)

National Infrastructure Planning Guidance Portal (UK Gov 30/04/2024)

Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill – Stage 2 Marshalled List and Revised Groupings of Amendments (Scot Parl 02/05/2024)

Correspondence between The Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee and Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee regarding EU tracker reports and future decarbonised heat in buildings (Scot Parl 02/05/2024)

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill – Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment (Scot Gov 03/05/2024)

Planning permission appeals: housing development statistics (Scot Gov 07/05/2024)

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee Official Report (Scot Parl 07/05/2024)

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee, 14th meeting 2024 (Scot Parl 07/05/2024)

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee [Draft] minutes (Scot Parl 07/05/2024)

Scottish Budget 2022 to 2023: final outturn report (Scot Gov 08/05/2024)

Planning and environmental appeals: guidance for reporters (Scot Gov 08/05/2024)

Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3 Marshalled List and Revised Groupings of Amendments, revised explanatory notes, supplementary financial memorandum and a supplementary delegated powers memorandum (Scot Parl 08/05/2024)

Scottish Government: Cabinet and Ministers (Scot Gov 10/05/2024)

4th Islands Forum opens up collaboration on housing for islands (UK Gov 11/05/2024)

Management of burial grounds, application for burial, exhumation, private burial and restoration of lairs – regulation: consultation analysis (Scot Gov 13/05/2024)

National Planning Framework 4 annual review – clerks note (Scot Parl 14/05/2024)

 

OPINION & COMMENT

Why has the ‘15-minute city’ taken off in Paris but become a controversial idea in the UK? (The Guardian 06/04/2024)

The story of Glasgow’s built heritage that’s been left to rot (Glasgow Evening Time 01/05/2024)

RAAC concrete house was meant to be our forever home (BBC News 03/05/2024)

Neon, kilts, cricket bats: artisans gather to shine a light on Britain’s endangered crafts (The Guardian 04/05/2024)

Peter Reekie keeps net zero at front of Scottish Futures Trust’s agenda (Scottish Construction Now 07/05/2024)

Interpretation of National Planning Framework 4 – the Miller Homes, Tesco Stores and Wildcat Haven cases (Brodies LLP 07/05/2024)

‘We’d be losing part of ourselves’ – saving stained glass in Scotland (The Herald 11/05/2024)

MOTIONS

S6M-13008
Submitted by: Maurice Golden, Northeast Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date Lodged: 29/04/2024.
That the Parliament considers that tackling climate change is one of the greatest challenges that the world faces and that Scotland set world-leading targets; is disappointed at reports that the Scottish Government has no credible pathway to meet the interim 2030 target, described as too stretching with just six years left to reach it; understands that the Scottish Government has failed to meet eight of its last 12 emissions targets; notes the belief that a draft climate change plan must be introduced with the utmost urgency; further notes the view that transformational policies must be introduced to tackle, mitigate and adapt to climate change, in line with just transition principles, and considers that this process, as part of the journey to a more circular economy, will have benefits for Scotland, including communities in the North East Scotland region, as well as contribute to the global effort in tackling climate change.

S6M-13085
Submitted by: Colin Beattie, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scottish National Party.
Date Lodged: 07/05/2024.
That the Parliament congratulates Archaeology Scotland’s Energy Through Time project, based in Midlothian, on receiving a share in funding from the Scottish Power Foundation; understands that Archaeology Scotland, formerly known as the Council for Scottish Archaeology, is a membership organisation that seeks to promote the understanding of archaeology in Scotland; notes that the group works with lay people and academia to help care for the great history of Scotland’s archaeological heritage; understands that the project will work with teachers, children and young people from the most deprived quintile to co-design inclusive and engaging enquiry-based learning activities and challenging skills development through levels two and three of the Employability Pipeline; believes that the funding will allow the group to continue what it sees as the valuable support that it provides, and thanks the group for its ongoing work and commitment to the community.

S6M-13197
Submitted by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: 13/05/2024.
The Parliament believes that Scotland is in a housing emergency.

S6M-13190
Submitted by: Paul McLennan, East Lothian, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: 13/05/2024.
The Parliament agrees that the Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

 

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Link to Parliamentary Questions and Answers

 

EVENTS

For further listings, please see our events calendar

The Engine Shed – Heritage Science
Date & Time: Wednesday 22 May 2024; 09.30am-3.30pm (or ½ day 10am-12.45pm)
Location: The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 1QZ
An introduction to the applied use of material science in heritage conservation in Scotland. The day will provide an overview of how science is increasingly used – both in the lab and on site – to analyse the nature and condition of traditional materials in Scotland and beyond.

IHBC Scotland – Engineering in the Context of Traditional Buildings and Designated Heritage Assets
Date & Time: Wednesday 22 May 2024; 10am-4.30pm
Location: Bellfield Church, 16B Bellfield Street, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2BP
This in-person CPD event, led by conservation accredited structural engineer Ian Hume, will explore conservation philosophy from a structural engineering viewpoint. Participants will gain insights into how structures work, ways to avoid structural interventions, problems to look for, and methods for dealing with structural issues in traditional buildings and designated heritage assets. The event aims to help attendees better understand the challenges faced by structural engineers and identify heavy-handed solutions.

SURF Awards – Shared Learning Workshop: Using creativity in regeneration
Date & Time: Thursday 23 May 2024; 10am-1.30pm
Location: Civic House, 26 Civic St, Glasgow G4 9RH
Shared learning workshop featuring the winner and highly commended projects from the Creative Regeneration category of the 2023 SURF Awards, exploring successful approaches to linking creative arts and culture into regeneration initiatives.

The Engine Shed – Documenting Scotland’s Historic Environment
Date & Time: Wednesday 29 May 2024; 09.30am-4pm (or ½ day 10am-12.30pm)
Location: The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 1QZ
An introduction to the range of traditional and innovative methods for recording Scotland’s historic built environment. The three talks will introduce a range of 3D recording techniques, including survey methods and the latest innovations in digital documentation such as laser scanning and photogrammetry. It will also explore the benefits of different techniques and the types of outputs these forms of 3D data capture produce, which can be used for conservation and maintenance projects.

SPAB Scotland – Limeworking at Saddell Castle
Date: Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 June 2024
Location: Saddell, Kintyre PA28 6RA
Join SPAB Scotland for this weekend event at Category A listed Saddell Castle. Under the guidance of experts, you’ll learn traditional lime working techniques and carry out real repairs on a live site, as part of a major conservation project run by the Landmark Trust.

RIAS – Social Sustainability: Happiness or HelplessnessAnchorAnchor
Date & Time: Tuesday 4 June 2024; 1-4.30pm
Location: Online
The RIAS are delighted to host the upcoming Social Sustainability Seminar on Happiness or Helplessness.  While carbon reduction has dominated climate crisis discussions, vital for achieving a Net Zero Carbon World, our evolving relationship with the planet as social beings is equally crucial. With insight from GPs at the Deep End, there will be speakers from Newcastle University, Scottish Futures Trust, Energy Action Scotland, Stove Collective, Cardiff School of Architecture and The Royal Society of Architects in Wales President, Dan Benham.

RSA Fellowship – Changing Heritage: internal tensions and external pressuresAnchorAnchor
Date & Time: Wednesday 5 June 2024; 6-7.45pm
Location: Online
The RSA’s ‘Design for Life: For People Place and Planet’ mission involves a diversity of implications and challenges for our cultural, built, and natural heritage. Join this RSA Fellowship event to explore the issues, with speakers who have over decades been closely involved in rising to such challenges and to seeking relevant policy changes at local, national, and international levels.

The Engine Shed – Historic Bricks and Tiles
Date & Time: Wednesday 5 June 2024; 09.30am-3.30pm (or ½ day 10am-12.30pm)
Location: The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 1QZ
Scotland has long been perceived to be a country built of stone. Yet, recent research shows brick and other clay products like terra cotta, faience and tiles have contributed significantly to our historic built environment. The three talks will explore how fired earth products have contributed to Scotland’s buildings for centuries and how these materials can be repaired and conserved.

SURF Awards – Launch Event
Date and Time: Thursday 6 June 2024; 2-2.45pm
Location: Online
Learn about the 2024 SURF Awards process, 5 award categories, and insights from past winners. Scottish Government to officially open awards for applications. Ideal for those considering entering or re-entering.

SPAB Scotland – Working Party at Tibbermore Church
Date: Wednesday 12 – Sunday 16 June 2024
Location: Tibbermore, Perth PH1 1QJ
Join SPAB Scotland to help repair this historic church inside and out and learn traditional building craft skills along the way – including lime pointing, plastering and harling, Scotch slating, and signwriting. These friendly Working Parties are a great space to learn about building conservation, whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned professional. There will also be a celebratory ceilidh at the end of the week. In partnership with Historic Churches Scotland.

IHBC Annual School 2024 – #IHBC Reading 2024
Date & Time:  Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 June 2024
Location: Online and in-person: Reading Town Hall
The IHBC is delighted to welcome Gerard Lemos, Chair of English Heritage as the opening speaker for the IHBC Annual School 2024, Reading – Place & Building Care: Finance, policy & people in conservation practice. Join in person or online for an enriching experience diving into the world of heritage conservation. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn, network, and explore heritage conservation and planning challenges in managing buildings, property and places together. Insights, learning and engagement for all disciplines and interests. Flexible, low-cost online delegate engagement options and bursaries available. AnchorAnchorBooking open now.

ASPB – Natural Fibre Insulation and Traditional Buildings
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 26, 2024; 1-2.30 pm
Location: Online
Join the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASPB) and the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) for a webinar exploring how natural fibre insulation can help meet the challenges of retrofitting traditional buildings. Followed by Q&A and an engaging panel discussion.

TRAINING

SPAB – Repair of Old Buildings Course
Date & Time: Monday 20 to Friday 24 May 2024
Location: Museum of the Home, Kingsland Road London E2 8EA
This popular short course has been presented by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings since the 1950s. Run over five days, this course delivers an intensive programme of lectures and visits to building repair projects. Presented by leading building conservation professionals, the Repair Course considers British and international approaches to the conservation of old buildings.

Scottish Lime Centre Trust – Repairing Traditional Masonry
Date & Time: Tuesday 21 – Wednesday 22 May 2024; 09.30am-4.30pm
Location: Charlestown Workshops, 2 Rocks Road, Charlestown, Fife KY11 3EN
This 2-day workshop is for building professionals and provides an introduction to the effective conservation and repair of traditional masonry structures and buildings, for the most part using traditional lime-based mortars.

Scottish Lime Centre Trust – Repair of Masonry Structure
Date & Time: Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 May 2024; 09.30am-4.30pm
Location: Charlestown Workshops, 2 Rocks Road, Charlestown, Fife KY11 3EN
A 3-day workshop is aimed at contractors, building on the knowledge and skills gained on ‘C1 Making and Using Traditional Mortars’. The workshop aims to enable participants to complete seamless rebuilding and repair of traditional masonry to match original work. You will gain a conservation ethic and be able to develop repair strategies suitable for a variety of traditional masonry types.

C&BS – Introduction to being a Board Member
Date & Time: Tuesday 28 May & Tuesday 4 June 2024; 4-7pm
Location: Online
Do you have new trustees on your Board, or have you taken on a trustee role yourself? If so, this is an essential course for launching or refreshing your Board career. C&BS Head of Board Development, Catriona Reynolds, takes new trustees and Board members through their paces in two information-packed, hands-on sessions.

C&BS – Fundraising Matters: Getting Data Protection Right
Date & Time: Wednesday 29 May 2024; 9.30am-12.30pm
Location: Online
Obtaining personal data is highly valuable for marketing goods and services. However, the question of what you can and cannot legally do with this data remains complex. As more of us are keeping in touch with our audiences, supporters, and followers online than ever before, it’s essential to ensure your practices are lawful, as well as to provide privacy, security, and transparency to maintain the trust of your audiences. Laura Irvine, Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP, dives deep into the subject and gives practical tips and advice.

C&BS – Fundraising Matters: Making Your Case
Date & Time: Tuesday 4 June & Tuesday 11 June 2024; 9.30am-12.30pm
Location: Online
Move from a blank page to a compelling case for support in the capable hands of professional copywriter, Allison Traynor. Offering a combination of project-based, hands-on writing exercises with tips, techniques, and critical theory, the two sessions explore the five stages of the copywriting process – planning, structuring, drafting, editing, and proofing. By the end of the course, you’ll have renewed confidence in your capabilities as a copywriter and come away with a bank of useful tips and techniques as well as real content that you can build into your next piece of communication.

DPEA – Planning Appeals Training for Communities
Date & Time: Wednesday 12 June 2024; 6-7.30pm
Location: Online
The Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) is part of the Scottish Government, dealing with planning appeals and a range of casework including wind farm proposals and electricity infrastructure. Join this event to hear about DPEA’s role, how it works and how communities can get involved. Open to all Community Councils and community groups. Planning Aid Scotland and DPEA reporters will introduce the key themes, followed by a panel discussion on questions from the audience. If you have any questions, please email DPEAITFINANCE@gov.scot by 31 May 2024. Make sure you use the subject heading ‘Planning Appeals Training’ so it reaches the right person. Please click here to book your place and joining instructions will be sent to you via email.

 

VACANCIES

War Memorials Trust – Conservation Officer
Salary: £28-30,000, depending on experience
Status: Full-time; 12–18-month contract (may be extended)
Location: London office/hybrid/home-worker
War Memorials Trust works to protect and conserve all war memorials within the UK. The charity has an exciting opportunity for a Conservation Officer with initiative, enthusiasm, and experience. The successful candidate will become part of the Conservation Team, managing a varied and busy workload of casework, grants, and digital engagement. The role may suit a recent conservation graduate embarking on a full-time career in the conservation sector or could be of interest to someone more experienced looking for a different challenge.
Applicants should have extensive knowledge of the conservation of the historic environment, relevant legislation and the technical issues involved in the care, and repair of war memorials. In addition, they should be able to provide advice and guidance to custodians and members of the public on all aspects of war memorials and their care as well as having the ability to act as an advocate for the protection and appreciation of our unique war memorial heritage.
For more information, please see the Job Description and Person Specification.
Closing date: 9am on Wednesday 29 May 2024

Heritage Fund – Senior Engagement Manager (Scotland)
Salary: £39,087 to £45,268
Status: Permanent/Full-time
Location: Edinburgh (Hybrid Working)
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest funder for the UK’s heritage. The organisation is currently recruiting for a full time Senior Engagement Manager on a permanent contract based in Edinburgh, with regular travel across Scotland.
The primary purpose of this post is to work as part of the Engagement Team to manage and deliver engagement with stakeholders and potential applicants across Scotland to deliver Heritage 2033, Heritage Fund’s 10-year strategy. This post will: stimulate and support the flow of good quality applications; work with stakeholders in organisations, agencies, and local authorities; support their emerging work in Heritage Places, and plan and implement outreach strategies targeted at Heritage 2033 priorities. The post will also contribute to the wider work of the Scotland team and Engagement function.
If you are excited about helping ensure that heritage is inclusive and accessible to everyone, for now and future generations more information can be found here.
For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Megan Braithwaite, Head of Engagement, Scotland
Application Deadline: Thursday 23 May 2024

The Heritage Trust Network – Volunteering opportunities
Youth Forum
The Heritage Trust Network is seeking young people aged 18-30 who are interested in the rescue, restoration and management of historic buildings, structures and places who want their voice heard in the heritage sector. Volunteers will be involved in shaping the new Youth Forum; creating recommendations and advice to help members involve young people in heritage in a democratic way; co-designing, leading, and taking part in online and in-person events; and creating online content including social media posts, blogs, or vlogs.
If you are interested in joining, please fill out a short application form here.

Digital Heroes Project Volunteer
Are you digitally skilled, interested in helping heritage organisations and available to volunteer? The Heritage Trust Network are seeking people based in Scotland to join their Digital Heroes project which matches up digitally skilled young people with one of their member organisations to help them undertake a digital project. Examples include doing social media posts, digitising an archive, or creating a digital marketing plan. If you are interested in volunteering as a digital hero, please fill out a short application form here.

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BEFS Director examines the changes in the Scottish Government and portfolio names.

With the changes across the Cabinet and Ministerial portfolios we at BEFS find ourselves asking, “what is in a name?”

Below we’ve compiled a table where you can see: the previous role titles, the new role titles, name of the MSPs holding current roles, and responsibilities as most pertinent to BEFS work across the existing built and historic environment. We’ve highlighted where titles, and wording, have been lost and gained. Much has been made in the press of the similarity between this Cabinet and the previous. And, whilst there are a high number of familiar faces and a degree of portfolio similarities, as an advocacy organisation we have a few concerns.

Whilst the loss of a Minister for Culture is of significant note, particularly when the sector had seen significant informed engagement and support from recent post holders; having checked the records – the sector has been in this position before. For roughly half the time there has been a Scottish Parliament there has only been one named champion for culture within the Government. (Titles and exact role have adapted and changed over the years.)

However, the work-load for any Cabinet Secretary who has responsibility for Constitution, External Affairs, and Culture could push culture, and within that – heritage, to the periphery. I’m not suggested from a lack of care or interest, but from simple portfolio prioritisation. If we take a positive stance and assume the current Culture Cabinet Secretary is willing and able to support the brief presented without a supporting Minister, this enables us to move on to the thornier question of language.

We find amongst the discards pile the following terms removed from role titles: community wealth, wellbeing economy, fair work, just transition, zero carbon buildings, active travel, circular economy, and green skills. It needs to be stated that the terms missing from titles above can at times be found in the lists of responsibilities. However, the economy does seem to be divorced from wellbeing for the time being. BEFS is hopeful that this demotion of words does not link to a demotion of attention or action – particularly around aspects which have been so tightly woven through the national strategy for the historic environment – Our Past Our Future.

When digging further (and there’s a lot to dig through, so forgive us if there’s anything we’ve missed, or anything amended since we completed our research) we find that there no longer seems to be anyone with responsibility for the Scottish Government Estate Strategy, the long-term labour market strategy, the national towns of culture, or architecture place and built heritage. I’m sure these are just oversights, or perhaps renamed, and will be found nestled in a potentially relevant portfolios in due course.

When considering how the sector demonstrates delivery across (new) portfolios, it is of note that during this time of transition the National Performance Framework is also having a planned ‘reshuffled’. Full consultation can be seen here.

In the NPF changes there is potentially some positive news for the existing built environment as there are new suggested outcomes for Housing, and for Climate Action. These are areas where the sector can demonstrate delivery well – particularly given a reference to ‘high quality’ housing. However, there are also amends to Communities, Fair Work, and the Environment. More detail needs to be examined, and we look forward to working with the sector to ensure important indicators remain.

With the new portfolios in mind, the sector strategy at the core of activity, and refreshed indicators for the National Performance Framework to be finalised, we expect this to be an area of close scrutiny for some time to come. Only time will tell if these changes are more than just semantics.

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Following a recent review, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust are seeking to appoint four additional trustees to their strong and committed board.

By joining SHBT as a Trustee, you’ll have the unique opportunity to make a meaningful impact on Scotland’s historic landscape. Your professional expertise and passion for built heritage will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the organisation and the preservation of Scotland’s history.

Trustees serve a term of three years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further three years. Successful applicants will be expected to attend four meetings a year, either at one of SHBT’s own buildings or another site of interest and will have over-arching statutory duties in respect of governance.

Of particular interest are applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas: strategy, finance, heritage conservation, marketing, fundraising, property development and asset management.

More information

To apply, email CV and cover letter to Maggie Wright: maggie.wright@mwa.co.

 

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In light of the current changes within the Scottish Government, and the leadership change to come; BEFS would like to stress to all those elected members within the Scottish parliament that clarity of vision, certainty of targets, and consistency of messaging around progress towards net zero is essential to ensuring our existing built environment can support a just transition towards a green economy; whilst growing local skilled employment; and supporting all of our places for the future.

BEFS continues to support sustainable solutions for our existing built environment, noting the Infrastructure Commission’s proposals to prioritise making the most of existing infrastructure (including homes) ahead of building new assets. In Scotland, around 20% of our housing stock is pre-1919 (over 50% is pre-1964). This demonstrates the scale of potential for the climate, and social good, that could be affected by policies incentivising, supporting, and ensuring well maintained and appropriately retrofitted homes and public buildings. Action for our existing building stock is essential to meeting net zero. We will not be able to build our way out of the climate and biodiversity crisis.

Scotland’s existing built and historic environment remains an agent of economic recovery. Our built and historic environment deserves to be protected, cared for, and enhanced – it has sheltered us economically and socially for over a century, and we need to enable investment to ensure its ability to do so for the future.

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Historic Environment Scotland have published their Annual Operating Plan 2024-25 setting out their priorities to support delivery of activities for public benefit, in light of current economic developments. The plan sets out HES’s key objectives and strategies for the upcoming financial year, focusing on maintaining and enhancing Scotland’s historic environment while adapting to the challenges posed by the current economic climate.

The Scottish Government has released finalised guidance on Local Living and 20 Minute Neighbourhoods. The guidance aims to support the delivery of local living, ensuring daily needs can be met within a place, by introducing a Local Living Framework and complementing existing placemaking tools. It also presents a structured approach to implementation and features case studies showcasing local living across various contexts, with more examples to be added as good practice emerges.

The Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme, a partnership between the Improvement Service and Public Health Scotland, aims to improve Scotland’s wellbeing and reduce inequalities by changing collective approaches to the places where people live, work, and play. Funded by The Health Foundation, Scottish Government, and COSLA, the programme enables partnership-based action at a local level while addressing the health of our planet. It has been supporting place-based work in seven project towns, and resources covering various topics can be found on the Shaping Places for Wellbeing Knowledge Hub.

 

CONSULTATIONS

A Biodiversity Metric for Scotland’s Planning System – Key Issues consultation
NatureScot
Nature Scot have published a Key Issues paper to inform work developing a biodiversity metric for Scotland’s planning system. Commissioned by the Scottish Government, in support of National Planning Framework 4 policy 3(b), the paper alerts stakeholders and anyone interested in the development of a biodiversity metric for planning to the scope of the work that is to be undertaken. The paper can be viewed on the NatureScot website.
Closes 10 May 2024

Enabling powers for Scotland’s Environmental Impact Assessment regimes & Habitats Regulations
Scottish Government
The Scottish Government are seeking views on proposed enabling powers that would better allow for future amendments to Scotland’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regimes and Habitats Regulations. These are key legislative frameworks which underpin environmental protection and assessment processes. The proposed enabling powers would help replace powers lost because of the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) and would help ensure the relevant legislation can remain fit for purpose in future.
Closes 13 May 2024

Housing (Scotland) Bill Call for Views
Scottish Parliament
The Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee and Social Justice and Social Security Committee are seeking views on the Housing (Scotland) Bill. The Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee is the lead committee for the Bill, but the Social Justice and Social Security Committee will consider Part 5 (making provision about homelessness prevention) and Part 6 (insofar as it relates to fuel poverty) as these matters fall within its remit.
*New* Closes 17 May 2024

Call for Views on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill
Scottish Parliament
The Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee is seeking your views on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. The Bill was introduced by the Scottish Government on 13 March and covers land reform – there are various provisions imposing requirements in relation to owners of larger estates and the transfer of larger estates; lease for environmental purposes – the Bill requires the Scottish Government to publish a model lease for environmental purposes; and small landholdings and agricultural tenancies – there are various provisions in the Bill which the Scottish Government says are to modernise the law. Find out more about the Bill and read its accompanying documents.
Closes 21 May 2024

Masterplan Consent Area Regulations
Scottish Government
The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 introduced MCAs – which will enable planning authorities to take a place leadership role, by proactively consenting the type and quality of development they wish to see in their areas. The Masterplan consent area regulations consultation covers the type of development which can be authorised, potential locations for MCAs and the procedures for making a scheme. It includes two sets of regulations: covering the main process for making MCA schemes and relating to EIA of MCA schemes. The separate consultation on ‘Investing in Planning’ also includes proposals for recouping costs of preparing MCA schemes.
Closes 22 May 2024

Development plan amendment regulations
Scottish Government
With the move to National Planning Framework (NPF) and Local Development Plans (LDPs) having a review period of 10 years, the 2019 Act introduced the provision for them to be amended between full review cycles. This enables the planning system to respond where newly emerging matters arise.
The development plan amendment regulations consultation covers proposals for the regulations. The aim is for procedures to amend both NPF and LDP to be proportionate and to provide a process that is more responsive and streamlined, whilst balancing the need for robust justification, engagement, and scrutiny. This will ultimately give decision makers some flexibility of process, based on the scale and significance of the amendments.
Closes 22 May 2024

Investing in Planning
Scottish Government
This consultation on resourcing Scotland’s planning system is in response to current resourcing challenges. It builds on ideas generated in a stakeholder workshop held in November 2023 and sets out a series of proposals which aim to improve capacity and build resilience particularly within planning authorities.  In addition to inviting stakeholder views on the proposals outlined, the consultation encourages stakeholders to suggest further ideas on alternative ways to support delivery and build resilience.
Closes 31 May 2024

Time limits for enforcement action for unauthorised Environmental Impact Assessment development
Scottish Government
Comments are invited on proposals to disapply Section 124 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (‘the 1997 Act’) concerning the time limits for taking enforcement action on unauthorised development which requires an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This follows a case of unauthorised development in Northern Ireland for which an EIA was required, but not undertaken. The need for EIA was only identified after the time limit for enforcement had expired and the development was immune from enforcement action. As the Scottish planning system is similar to the system in Northern Ireland, the Scottish Government considers it is possible, although unlikely, that a similar situation could arise in Scotland.
*NEW* Closes 11 July 2024

Compulsory Purchase Reform
Scottish Government
The Scottish Government have committed to reform and modernise compulsory purchase legislation. As a first step, they have established an advisory group to help support the reform programme. The group, to be co-chaired by the Chief Planner and Roseanna Cunningham, brings together several expert practitioners with first-hand experience of the compulsory purchase process. They recognise, however, that a range of organisations have an interest in this area and are consulting broadly and are keen to hear from a wide range of voices as the work moves forward.
Please get in touch at CPO.Reform@gov.scot

Strategic Plan Survey – Scottish Civic Trust
The Scottish Civic Trust are refreshing their Strategic Plan. To inform their future activities they are surveying people across Scotland about key themes related to their work. All input will help them better empower Scotland’s communities to act for shared spaces and places. All survey results are anonymous and will be stored on a Google Drive to which only Scottish Civic Trust has access. Analysed and summarised survey results will be shared in reports to Scottish Civic Trust’s funders and may appear in their annual reports.

 

CONSULTATION RESPONSES

Local Living and 20 Minute Neighbourhoods
The Scottish Government has published finalised guidance on Local Living and 20 Minute Neighbourhoods, following a consultation on the draft in summer 2023. The guidance aims to support the delivery of local living, ensuring daily needs can be met within a place. It introduces a Local Living Framework, complements existing placemaking tools, and presents a structured approach to implementation. The guidance also features case studies showcasing local living across various contexts, with more examples to be added as good practice emerges.

 

NEWS RELEASES

Project Announcement: HAZEL, a pilot generative artificial intelligence (AI) guidance assistant (Historic England 23/04/2024)

Committee brands Government answers on adapting to heatwaves a “missed opportunity” (Environmental Audit Committee 30/04/2024)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Our Creative Future – The Manifesto (Creative UK April 2024)
Manifesto for Cultural and Creative Industries to deliver their full potential, generating social and economic prosperity across our nation

Historic Environment Scotland Annual Operating Plan 2024-25 (HES 16/04/2024)

Kick the Dust programme evaluation: empowering young people in heritage (National Lottery Heritage Fund 25/04/2024)

 

SCOTTISH & UK: GOVERNMENTAL & PARLIAMENTARY PUBLICATIONS

Draft regulations: amendments to the VAT (Refund of Tax to Museums and Galleries) Order 2001 (UK Gov 25/03/2024)

Finance Committee approves Aggregates and Devolved Taxes (Administration) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 (Scot Gov 29/04/2024)

‘Place and Wellbeing: integrating land use planning and public health in Scotland’ briefing paper to reflect changes brought about by NPF4 (Public Health Scotland April 2024)

Local Government, Housing and Planning: Official Report and Minutes (Scot Parl 16/04/2024)

Climate Change Committee Scotland report – next steps: Net Zero Secretary statement  (Scot Gov 18/04/2024)

Climate change action: policy package (Scot Gov 18/04/2024)

Correspondence between Màiri McAllan and the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee regarding the climate change policy actions announced in parliament on Thursday 18 April (Scot Gov 18/04/2024)

Debate: Impact of Environmental Regulations on Development (Built Environment Committee Report) (House of Lords 19/04/2024)

A changing climate? The Scottish Government’s newly announced policy package (Scot Parl 19/04/2024)

Powers secured to introduce building safety levy (Scot Gov 19/04/2024)

Correspondence between Paul McLennan and the Convener for the  Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee regarding short-term lets (Scot Gov 22/04/2024)

Local Government, Housing and Planning: Official Report and Minutes  (Scot Parl 23/04/2024)

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill (Scot Parl 23/04/2024)

Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill Stage 2 Amendments (Scot Parl 23/04/2024)

Clean heating and energy efficiency grants to get to Net Zero (Scot Gov 24/04/2024)

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Historic Environment Scotland (Reopening of Sites) (Scot Parl 24/04/2024)

Place Directors: fact sheet (Scot Gov 24/04/2024)

New powers to strengthen council planning (UK Gov 25/04/2024)

High Streets (Designation, Review and Improvement Plan) Bill 2nd Reading HL Bill 69 (UK Parl 29/04/2024)

Amendments to the Agricultural and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill (Scot Parl 29/04/2024)

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee 13th Meeting 2024 (Scot Parl 30/04/2024)

 

OPINION & COMMENT

‘Community capital’: ownerless Scottish properties to be offered to local schemes (The Guardian 23/02/2024)

Blog: Our support for the Skills Investment Plan (Museums Galleries Scotland 17/04/2024)

Industry leaders issue rally cry for government to introduce Heat in Buildings Bill (Scottish Housing News 18/04/2024)

Podcast: Housing Bill part 1: Rent controls and tenants’ rights with Dr John Boyle (Scottish Housing News 24/04/2024)

Scotland’s new heat standard ups the zero carbon ante (The RIBA Journal 24/04/2024)

Safety inspections at Scotland’s historic sites ‘90 per cent completed’ (The Scotsman 24/04/2024)

 

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Link to Parliamentary Questions and Answers

 

EVENTS

SURF Awards – Shared Learning Event: Effective approaches to housing led regeneration
Date & Time: Thursday 9 May 2024; 10am-1.30pm
Location: Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QA
Short description: Shared learning workshop featuring the winner and highly commended projects from the Housing and Regeneration category of the 2023 SURF Awards, exploring successful approaches to housing led regeneration initiatives providing wider community outcomes.

SPAB Scotland – Visit to the Mills of Dean Village
Date & Time: Saturday 11 May 2024; 10am-12pm
Location: Stockbridge Market, Saunders Street, Edinburgh EH3 6TQ
To celebrate National Mills Weekend, join SPAB Scotland for a springtime walk around beautiful Dean Village with its 800 years of milling history. Led by tour guide Estelle Meyer and stone conservation expert Nic Boyes, the visit will involve exploring the area’s fascinating industrial history and discussing some of the conservation and building maintenance issues spotted along the way. The walk will also include entry into the rarely open St Bernard’s Well, a wonderful Greco-Roman building housing a natural spring.

Historic Environment Scotland – Improving Access Spring Symposium
Date & Time: Wednesday 15 May 2024; 9.30am-3pm
Location: The Barracks, Stirling FK8 1QZ
The Improving Access project is exploring how to improve access to the heritage sector’s workforce in Scotland and understand the current barriers to people looking to enter the workforce. This symposium will discuss the project’s learnings and facilitate conversations with the sector, encouraging organisations to input into the implementation of the project’s recommendations and testing of any future pilot approaches. The event will be open to the historic environment sector, funding groups and community organisations engaging in accessibility work.

Icon Scotland – Repatriation of Objects from Scottish Collections Webinar 
Date & Time: Thursday 16 May 2024; 2.30-4.45pm
Location: Online
The Icon Scotland Group’s seminar will discuss the repatriation of objects from Scottish Collections. The talks will look at the complexity of repatriation, while exploring the roles of conservators and other collection care professionals, as well as the significance of these heritage items and potential conservation measures.

SURF Awards – Shared Learning Workshop: Delivering place-based regeneration initiatives
Date & Time: Thursday 16 May 2024; 10am-1.30pm
Location: Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow G41 1BA
Short description: Shared learning workshop featuring the winning projects from the Improving Scotland’s Places and Community Led Regeneration categories of the 2023 SURF Awards, exploring successful approaches to regenerating Scotland’s places.

Date & Time: Wednesday 22 May 2024; 10am-4.30pm
Location: Bellfield Church, 16B Bellfield Street, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2BP
This in-person CPD event, led by conservation accredited structural engineer Ian Hume, will explore conservation philosophy from a structural engineering viewpoint. Participants will gain insights into how structures work, ways to avoid structural interventions, problems to look for, and methods for dealing with structural issues in traditional buildings and designated heritage assets. The event aims to help attendees better understand the challenges faced by structural engineers and identify heavy-handed solutions. Free for IHBC members/supporters, £20 for non-members. Lunch not provided. Web link for booking/more information. Book with IHBC Scotland

SURF Awards – Shared Learning Workshop: Using creativity in regeneration
Date & Time: Thursday 23 May 2024; 10am-1.30pm
Location: Civic House, 26 Civic St, Glasgow G4 9RH
Short Description: Shared learning workshop featuring the winner and highly commended projects from the Creative Regeneration category of the 2023 SURF Awards, exploring successful approaches to linking creative arts and culture into regeneration initiatives.

Archaeology Scotland – Archaeological Research in Progress Conference 2024
Date & Time: Saturday 25 May 2024; 9am-5.30pm
Location: Soutar Theatre, AK Bell Library, 2-8 York Place, Perth PH2 8EPThe annual ARP Conference is Scotland’s premier event in archaeological research. This year’s conference, hosted by Archaeology Scotland in collaboration with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, will provide insights into ongoing archaeological projects from various periods across Scotland. Participate either in person or online. The conference will be recorded and later available on our YouTube channel for those unable to attend.

Historic Environment Scotland – Documenting Scotland’s Historic Environment
Date & Time: Wednesday 29 May 2024; 9.30am-4pm & 10am-12.30pm
Location: The Engine Shed, Stirling
Three morning talks at the Engine Shed will review a wide range of site recording techniques, from traditional survey methods to the latest innovations in digital documentation such as laser scanning, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and photogrammetry. Explore how certain methods should be selected to obtain data from a site or meet the specific needs of a conservation project. A networking lunch will provide you with the opportunity to continue discussions and explore the Engine Shed. In the afternoon, the speakers will lead a hands-on demonstration of some of the innovative digital documentation in the Engine Shed’s main hall.

SPAB Scotland – Limeworking at Saddell Castle
Date: Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 June
Location: Saddell, Kintyre PA28 6RA
Join SPAB Scotland for this weekend event at Category A listed Saddell Castle. Under the guidance of experts, you’ll learn traditional lime working techniques and carry out real repairs on a live site, as part of a major conservation project run by the Landmark Trust.

SURF Awards – Launch Event
Date and Time: Thursday 6 June 2024; 2-2.45pm
Location: OnlineLearn about the 2024 SURF Awards process, 5 award categories, and insights from past winners. Scottish Government to officially open awards for applications. Ideal for those considering entering or re-entering.

SPAB Scotland – Working Party at Tibbermore Church
Date: Wednesday 12 – Sunday 16 June 2024
Location: Tibbermore, Perth PH1 1QJ
Join SPAB Scotland to help repair this historic church inside and out and learn traditional building craft skills along the way – including lime pointing, plastering and harling, Scotch slating, and signwriting. These friendly Working Parties are a great space to learn about building conservation, whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned professional. There will also be a celebratory ceilidh at the end of the week. In partnership with Historic Churches Scotland.

IHBC Annual School 2024 – #IHBC Reading 2024
Date & Time:  Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 June 2024
Location: Online and in-person: Reading Town HallThe IHBC is delighted to welcome Gerard Lemos, Chair of English Heritage as the opening speaker for the IHBC Annual School 2024, Reading – Place & Building Care: Finance, policy & people in conservation practice. Join in person or online for an enriching experience diving into the world of heritage conservation. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn, network, and explore heritage conservation and planning challenges in managing buildings, property and places together. Insights, learning and engagement for all disciplines and interests. Flexible, low-cost online delegate engagement options and bursaries available.Booking open now.

 

TRAINING

SPAB – Repair of Old Buildings Course
Date & Time: Monday 20 – Friday 24 May 2024
Location: Museum of the Home, Kingsland Road London E2 8EA

This popular short course has been presented by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings since the 1950s. Run over five days, this course delivers an intensive programme of lectures and visits to building repair projects. Presented by leading building conservation professionals, the Repair Course considers British and international approaches to the conservation of old buildings.

 

C&BS – Introduction to being a Board Member
Date & Time: Tuesday 28 May & Tuesday 4 June 2024; 4-7pm
Location: Online
Do you have new trustees on your Board, or have you taken on a trustee role yourself? If so, this is an essential course for launching or refreshing your Board career. C&BS Head of Board Development, Catriona Reynolds, takes new trustees and Board members through their paces in two information-packed, hands-on sessions.

 

Salary:  Pro rata of £23,400 p.a. (Real Living Wage)
Status: Full-time (37.5 hours p/w); 12 months fixed term
Location: Working from home or from an agreed shared workspace anywhere in Scotland.
The Heritage Trust Network is recruiting for the post of Heritage Trainee (Scotland). This exciting opportunity continues the Network’s focus on welcoming new people to the sector, already evident through the Network’s Youth Forum and involvement with the Make Your Mark campaign. The post has been designed to help the successful applicant develop on-the-job skills, knowledge, and networks to help them gain early-career access to the heritage sector. The role is funded by Historic Environment Scotland and National Trust for Scotland. More information and application details here.
Closing date: 10pm on Monday 6 May 2024
Youth Forum
The Heritage Trust Network is seeking young people aged 18-30 who are interested in the rescue, restoration and management of historic buildings, structures and places who want their voice heard in the heritage sector. Volunteers will be involved in shaping the new Youth Forum; creating recommendations and advice to help members involve young people in heritage in a democratic way; co-designing, leading, and taking part in online and in-person events; and creating online content including social media posts, blogs, or vlogs.
If you are interested in joining, please fill out a short application form here.
Digital Heroes Project Volunteer
Are you digitally skilled, interested in helping heritage organisations and available to volunteer? The Heritage Trust Network are seeking people based in Scotland to join their Digital Heroes project which matches up digitally skilled young people with one of their member organisations to help them undertake a digital project. Examples include doing social media posts, digitising an archive, or creating a digital marketing plan. If you are interested in volunteering as a digital hero, please fill out a short application form here.
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