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BEFS is speaking at the next Cross-Party Group on Architecture & the Built Environment, ‘Building for Scotland’s Communities: New Thinking for Our Future Places’, on 9th March 2021. The way we live our lives and design our communities will need to change radically if we are to ensure a green post-Covid recovery, that we reach net zero carbon targets and improve health and wellbeing. It will require new ways of working to achieve the ‘new normal’ that embeds resilience into how our buildings, infrastructure, landscape, cities, towns, villages and neighbourhoods function and develop over time. The Cross-Party Group meeting will explore what this means for our built environment. Register here.

BEFS held a dedicated workshop with Members to consider the response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the National Planning Framework 4. They were joined by Graham Saunders, HES – Head of Heritage Management Policy, who highlighted HES’ main priorities in relation to the consultation. BEFS response highlights Members support of the aims and outcomes in the Position Statement but expresses concerns about delivery – mechanisms and policy hierarchies; and how SPP and current heritage protections will be usefully translated into the NPF4. BEFS intends to work on model policies with Members and stakeholders.

The 2020 Annual Our Place in Time Report has now been published by Historic Environment Scotland. Overall, it shows the sector worked together and accomplished a great deal in 2019–20, despite having to make significant adjustments in response to the impact of COVID-19. The report also features a link to our Historic Environment Case Studies database.

BEFS has reviewed and updated our advocacy toolkit ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections on 6th May 2021. As part of this, we are compiling a list of manifestos produced by heritage and built environment organisations. The manifestos outline information on specific strategic issues, facts and details, and the corresponding language and messaging that can be adapted, adopted and supported by you. For advice on becoming an advocate, including how to contact your local politicians click through our toolkit.

Police Scotland is running a year-long awareness raising campaign to tackle wildlife crime across the country. Operation Wingspan, which started in October last year, focusses on each of the National Police Chief Council wildlife crime priorities in turn. In February and March bat crime is being highlighted. Police Scotland outline the things to lookout for before undertaking development such as construction, roof work and tree cutting, here.

In response to BEFS recent State of Heritage event, Hanneke Booij, PhD researcher at the Centre of Environment, Heritage and Policy, University of Stirling, shares her reflections on the recent Norwegian white paper on heritage to provide an insight into the Norwegian environmental perspective on heritage policy in the context of current societal challenges, in our blog this week.

Consultations

Scotland’s Churches Trust: Helping Sustain Our Places Of Worship Survey

Petition: To create a tax incentive to favour retrofit instead of demolition and new build

New Build Heat Standard – Scoping Consultation
Closes 3 Mar 2021.

Mediation in Planning
Closes 12 Mar 2021.

Climate Change – Net Zero Nation: draft public engagement strategy
Closes 31 Mar 2021.

Covid-19: Government support for charities – Call for evidence
You can submit evidence until Monday 8 April 2021.

Consultation on Scottish skills requirements for energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks for homes
Closes 30 April 2021.

Heat in Buildings Strategy
Closes 30 April 2021.

Consultation Responses

Analysis of Responses to a Consultation on Proposed Changes to Pre-Application Consultation Requirements in Planning (SG 24/02/21)

Multi?storey residential buildings – fire risk posed by external wall systems: consultation analysis (SG 11/02/21)

Publications

Scottish House Condition Survey: Local Authority Analysis 2017-2019 (SG 23/02/21)

National Planning Framework 4: Key Agencies Group – position statement (SG 19/02/21)

Getting ahead on falling behind – Tackling the UK’s building arrears crisis (SG 16/02/21)

Affordable housing: resource planning assumptions to councils 2020-2021 (SG 15/02/21)

Building standards verification performance framework 2020: national survey findings (SG 12/02/21)

Legislative proposals to address the impact of Scotland’s concentration of land ownership – A discussion paper from the Scottish Land Commission (SLC 04/02/21)

Legislative proposals to address the impact of Scotland’s concentration of land ownership: Summary of discussion paper from the Scottish Land Commission (SLC 04/02/21)

The economic, social and environmental benefits of stimulating repairs and improvements to the Scottish built environment to aid a green recovery from Covid-19 (FoAI & Strath Uni 02/21)

Heritage for Global Challenges – A Research Report (PRAXIS: Arts & Humanities for Global Development 02/21)

Scottish Government News Releases

Draft guidance brought forward on short-term lets (SG 18/02/21)
Legislation for a short-term lets licensing scheme has been withdrawn from the Scottish Parliament to allow for draft guidance to be developed.

News Releases

Climate Beacons for COP26 – Expressions of Interest (CCS 02/21)
Climate Beacons for COP26 will be a Scotland-wide collaborative project between climate change or environmental organisations and arts, heritage or cultural organisations to stimulate long-term public engagement in the lead-up to and following COP26. Deadline: 1st March 2021.

2020 SURF Award Winners Revealed (SURF 19/02/21)
The outcomes of the prestigious 2020 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration were announced last night (18/02/21) at a virtual celebratory presentation event streamed live via Vimeo.

NPF4 must be ‘deliverable, connected and influential’ (RTPI Scotland 19/02/21)
The new National Planning Framework (NPF4) in Scotland must be ‘deliverable, connected and influential’, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.

More than £18 million awarded in final grants from first round of Culture Recovery Fund (DCMS 19/02/21)
22 heritage organisations and 33 independent cinemas are the latest to receive support from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Cut VAT for green home improvements and repairs, MPs urge (Guardian 17/02/21)
Environmental audit committee says chancellor must use budget to spur low-carbon growth. Ministers should cut VAT on repairs for electrical goods and green home improvements, to help people reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their everyday lives, an influential committee of MPs has urged.

Scotland’s £33bn infrastructure plan – a significant step forward (ICE 16/02/21)
Resilience and sustainability are at the heart of Scottish Government priorities, but we need a strategic approach.

Edinburgh World Heritage asks residents to help shape conservation priorities (EWH 12/02/21)
EWH is today issuing a call to residents to share their suggestions for where future conservation work in the city should be focused. As part of wider efforts in the city to ‘build back better’ post-COVID-19, the charity is asking local people to help identify neighbourhoods and individual buildings in or near the World Heritage Site that need attention.

Full range of National Lottery funding resumes with refocused priorities for 2021-22 (NLHF 09/02/21)
Applications are open for National Lottery Grants for Heritage from £3,000 up to £5million. We will prioritise projects that contribute to our recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Scottish Walking Awards (PfA 05/02/21)
Together with Ramblers Scotland, Living Streets Scotland, and the National Walking Strategy Delivery Forum, we have launched the Scottish Walking Awards. Open until 31 March 2021 the awards feature ten categories open for nominations from across Scotland and all sections of society, including projects supporting people who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids.

The Museums Association Redundancy Tracker (MA 01/21)
The Covid-19 crisis is having serious financial impacts on the museum sector, putting a growing number of people at risk of redundancy. The Museums Association (MA) is tracking levels of redundancies so we can capture the scale of impact across the UK and continue to advocate for members and the sector.

Launch of Access: Scotland (HES 21/01/21)
Screen Scotland collaboration with?VisitScotland,?EventScotland,?Historic Environment Scotland, NatureScot and the?National Trust for Scotland delivers development?boost for Scotland-based production companies.

A Song In Stone (F&LS 01/21)
As part of a project with Historic Environment Scotland and the Kilmartin Museum, our archaeological team have worked to produce a substantial and comprehensive learning resource about Scotland’s neolithic rock art.

WorldGBC & global leaders call for historic Built Environment Day at COP26 (WGBC 01/21)
The World Green Building Council joins nine international organisations to sign a letter to COP26 President, Alok Sharma, requesting a Built Environment Day at the climate summit in November 2021.

 

Opinion & Comment

Parliamentary Questions

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

Question S5W-35236: Alexander Burnett, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17/02/2021 R
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the (a) laying of regulations for minimum energy efficiency standards and (b) compliance dates which will be set out in the regulations.

Question S5W-35277: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/02/2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that ensuring that communities benefit from public expenditure on land management practises and land uses that (a) contributes to climate heating mitigation and adaptation and (b) secures the local retention of income, is a core part of ensuring a just transition to net zero carbon emissions.

Question S5W-35395: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22/02/2021
To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that the process of deciding on criteria for national developments to be incorporated into National Planning Framework 4 will be participative, and whether it has considered using a citizen’s assembly to discuss the proposals for national developments.

Question S5W-35396: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22/02/2021
To ask the Scottish Government how it will decide the criteria for national developments to be incorporated into National Planning Framework 4, and what the process leading up to that decision will be.

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

Free training for Community Councils – the Circular Economy and the planning system 
At the end of last year we announced our intention to run a number of training sessions on the circular economy and its relation to the planning system, in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland. We now have four confirmed dates. Each session will run for 1.5 – 2 hours. Please sign up for your preferred session via the links below or contact David Wood (david@pas.org.uk) for more information.

Ahead of Their Time: A Talk in Celebration of International Women’s Day 
Date & time: Monday 8 March at 6pm (UK time)
Online: Zoom (free registration via Eventbrite essential).
In this free online talk in celebration of International Women’s Day, writer broadcaster and comedian Susan Morrison will shine a light on several Scottish women from the 1700s to 1900s who were in many ways ahead of their time. Join us on 8 March to hear the life stories of the female Scottish abolitionists, politicians and activists who achieved great things against all odds.

Culture & Business Fund Scotland Roadshows: A source of support for COVID-19 recovery & renewal  
Date & time: Tues. 9 March 11:00am-13:00pm & Tues. 30 March 11:00am-13:00pm
Online: via Zoom.
Due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, we are taking our Culture & Business Scotland (CBFS) Roadshows online. These free webinars will give attendees from across the arts, heritage, third, public and business sectors the opportunity to learn about the fund, and how we have adapted the criteria to provide more flexible support for the sectors through a period of recovery and renewal throughout 2021 and beyond.

Heritage and Sustainability in Action – Upgrading Building Elements
Date & time: 16th March, 12noon
Venue: Online.
First session in the series ‘Heritage and Sustainability in Action’ focussing on examples of upgrading building elements to make historic buildings sustainable.

A Future for Your Church – Making a Start
Date & time: Tuesday 16th March, 10am-11.30am.
Online.
Heritage Trust Network and Historic Churches Scotland are joining forces to host the second event in this series for any group contemplating the future of their church building. In this event we will focus particularly on the process of making a start and building up to taking on full responsibility for the building. If you have already gone through this process, we strongly encourage you to attend and share your experiences with others.

Landmark Trust & Fairburn Tower
Date & time: 6pm 17th March 2021
Venue: Online
The category A listed structure is roofless, floorless and had dramatic cracks running the length of its walls which was widening at an alarming rate. The Landmark Trust are in the process of restoring the tower and converting it to holiday accommodation. Hear from Tom Addyman and Linda Lockett as they show us their approach to archaeology and repairs.

Taking Ownership – Experiences Shared
Date & time: Friday 19th March, 10am-12pm.
Online.
Heritage Trust Network Scotland Branch: Are you considering taking ownership of a building within your community? Not sure how to navigate the purchase from a private owner or a Local Authority? Join us on Friday 19th March to hear from those with first-hand experience. This event is open to any group who are considering taking ownership of a building but are not sure of when is the best time to do it, what purchase price they should be paying, what responsibilities they need to be aware of…the list goes on. Come along to hear case studies from our speakers and put your questions to them.

The Knights Templar and Historical Revisionism in the Modern Era 
Date & time: Monday 26 April at 6pm (UK time)
Online: Zoom (free registration via Eventbrite essential)
The Knights Templar are among the best-known elements of the medieval period. They were the first of the military-religious orders and important players in the Crusades, and their legacy has endured in films, novels, comics, and video games today. But this fame has also led to darker appropriations. In this online talk, Dr Rory MacLellan will examine why the Templars hold such a strong appeal for parts of the far-right and how pseudo-histories and myths about the order can act as an entry-point for this dark historical revisionism.

The Need for Old Buildings to Breathe Re-examined 
Date & time: 27th April, 12noon
Venue: Online.
Presented by David Wiggins, this advanced CPD will present his latest research, debunking myths about breathability and scrutinising the pervasion of chemical additives. A must see for all architects & specifiers!

Training

Legacy giving. Now is the time – if you do it right. Learn how to! 
Date & time: 25 March 2021, 11:00 – 15:00  **2 places remaining**
Online: via Zoom.
This course is focused on how to integrate legacies into your current fundraising at little or no cost at a time when more people are making Wills than we have witnessed in decades.

IHBC CPD – Introducing Building Survey for Retrofit
Date & time:  29 Mar 2021 1pm-2pm
Online: GoToWebinar.
John Edwards, IHBC Technical Panel Chair and Trustee, will introduce Building Survey for Retrofit.  Topics will include the following: The overall approach including the survey as part of the retrofit process; Competencies and equipment required; How condition affects performance; Examples of issues of particular importance and how to analyse them; Determining the suitability of types and levels of retrofit including materials; Making sure that heritage values are part of the process; Q&A at end.

IHBC Virtual MATE
Date & time: Wed, 21 April 2021; 14:00 – 17:00.
Online: CPD.
You are invited to attend an online IHBC Membership Application Training Event (MATE). This will last approximately 3 hours. This MATE will be led by Ramona Usher and Fiona Newton. How will the online MATE work? The format is similar to the familiar in person MATE, helping you to understand the IHBc Application process and how best to complete your application. The MATE will be delivered through GoToMeeting. Log in details will be provided closer to the event. All delegates will be encouraged to raise issues specific to their experience and application. All preparation and event hours qualify as IHBC CPD hours.

Architectural Conservation CPD: Design and Retrofit on the Gannochy Estate
Date & time: Wed. 28 April, 12:30-13:30 (log-on with light refreshments from 12:15)
Online: Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The first session in a 6-part CPD programme provides a local example of retrofitting traditional properties for the 21st Century in-line with conservation guidance and principles. Delivered by The Gannochy Trust’s Estates Manager Andy Duncan, this session also includes Gannochy’s new build housing projects where traditional design philosophies are inspiring the next generation of social housing. Sessions are delivered by industry accredited professionals and are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

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BEFS News

BEFS held a well attended webinar on The State of Heritage 2021-22 last week with excellent contributions from leaders across the sector discussing the financial, employment and organisational outlook for this coming year. A summary report and comment on the event from BEFS Policy & Strategy Manager Ailsa Macfarlane is now available on our website here. The webinar included headline details from the Scottish Budget 2021-22 that have implications for the built environment and the funding of Historic Environment Scotland, also now available on this link.

BEFS, Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS), and greenspace scotland welcome the 40 organisations who will participate in the 18-month NLHF funded Business Support Programme, ‘Surviving to Thriving’ (StT). More details.

In June 2020 the Scottish Government launched an independent collaborative review of the progress and scope of the 2013 Town Centre Action Plan. The Review group was asked to build on the town centre first approach and develop a refreshed vision for Scotland’s towns and the means to achieve it. Scottish Towns centre action plan review group’s report has now been published here.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and Adaptation Scotland are working together on a range of projects. One of them is about identifying what climate data and information people need. Complete this short survey to help provide a snapshot of what climate data and information is needed to understand climate change.

The heritage sector is currently grappling with a changing landscape, not only in relation to the pandemic but also with regards to Brexit. It is within this context that we would recommend a recent webinar on Brexit, Data Protection and Heritage by Heritage Digital. The webinar provides a succinct overview of how Brexit effects our data protection policies and what heritage organisations should be looking out for.

As the initial consultation on Scotland’s fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) draws to a close, BEFS former Chair, Graeme Purves, compares approaches being taken by Wales and Scotland to highlight some strategic planning challenges in this week’s blog.

Consultations

Consultation on Scottish skills requirements for energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks for homes
Opened 5 Feb 2021 and closes 30 April 2021.

Heat in Buildings Strategy
Opened 5 Feb 2021 and closes 30 April 2021.

The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme – Call for Evidence to Support Development of Future Programme
Opened 8 Feb 2021 and closes 30 April 2021.

Covid-19: Government support for charities – Call for evidence
You can submit evidence until Monday 8 March 2021.

Strengthening Scottish Charity Law Survey
Closes 19 Feb 2021.

National Planning Framework: Position Statement
Closes 19 Feb 2021.

New Build Heat Standard – Scoping Consultation
Closes 3 Mar 2021.

Mediation in Planning
Closes 12 Mar 2021.

Draft Public Engagement Strategy for Climate Change
Closes 17 Mar 2021.

Consultation Responses

Energy Efficient Scotland: Improving energy efficiency in owner-occupied homes. Analysis of responses to the public consultation exercise (SG 05/02/21)

Analysis of Responses to Consultation on the Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan 2021-22 to 2025-26 (SG 04/02/21)

Publications

A National Mission with Local Impact: Infrastructure Investment Plan for Scotland 2021-22 to 2025-26 (SG 04/02/21)

Investing for jobs: Capital Spending Review 2021-22 to 2025-26 (SG 04/02/210)

Legislative proposals to address impact of Scotland’s concentration of land ownership (SLC 04/02/21)

Environment and climate change: Climate Change Plan update (SG 04/02/21)

A New Future for Scotlands Town Centres (SG 03/02/21)

Scotland’s carbon footprint: 1998 – 2017 (SG 02/02/21)

SURF’s COVID Sector Connector Service Events Outcomes Paper (SURF 02/21)

Architecture & Design Scotland – 2020 Annual Review (A&DS 01/21)

Housing Needs of Minority Ethnic Groups: Evidence Review (SG 29/01/21)

Budget 2021-22: a budget for unprecedented times (SPICe 28/01/21)

Affordable Housing Supply Programme: process and procedures MHDGN 2020/02 (SG 28/01/21)

Historic England Annual Report and Accounts 2019-2020 (HE 25/01/21)

Written Submissions Received on the Impact of COVID-19 on Scotland’s Culture and Tourism Sectors (CTEEAC 01/21)

Scottish Government News Releases

Reaching net zero (SG 05/02/21)

Plans to ensure all buildings in Scotland are warmer, more efficient and reach zero emissions by 2045 have been launched.

£33 billion investment in Scotland’s future (SG 04/02/21)
Significant capital investment in healthcare, education, transport and the environment over the next five years has been set out.

Scotland’s Carbon Footprint: 1998-2017 (SG 02/02/21)
This publication provides estimates of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions on a consumption basis; that is emissions that are associated with the spending of Scottish residents on goods and services, wherever in the world these emissions arise, together with emissions directly generated by Scottish households.

Budget to support net-zero transformation (SG 01/02/21)
The Scottish Government will invest a record £1.9 billion in tackling climate change and creating good, green jobs in 2021/22.

Rebuilding the economy (SG 01/02/21)
Supporting people into employment and equipping them with skills they need will be at the heart of the economic recovery, backed with £1.1 billion of investment under the proposed Scottish Budget 2021-22.

£11.6 billion for local councils (SG 01/02/21)
Details of how £11.6 billion of funding from the Scottish Government will be distributed to individual local authorities in 2021-22 have been published.

Scottish Budget 2021-22 (SG 28/01/21)
Significant new investment to drive economic recovery, bolster public services and support families underpins the Scottish Government’s spending and taxation plans for the coming year.

News Releases

Scottish Empty Homes Awards winners announced (SHN 03/02/21)
Aberdeen City Council, an Inverness-based building company, a community housing project in Dumfries & Galloway and a Fife Council officer were the winners in the 10th Scottish Empty Homes awards sponsored by Fraser & Fraser Genealogists and International Probate Researchers.

RTPI Scotland welcomes town centre review report (RTPI Scotland 03/02/21)
The Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland has welcomed recognition in a government commissioned review that urban planning plays a crucial part in the revival of Scottish town centres.

New research will explore how public are interacting with collections online (MA 02/02/21)
Three research projects have received funding to explore how the public are engaging with heritage virtually during the pandemic and what lessons can be learnt for future digital provision in the sector.

HES welcomes grant in aid from Scottish Government budget (HES 29/01/21)
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has welcomed grant in aid funding of £75.9 million as part of the Scottish Government’s 2021-2022 Budget.

Vital role of planning missing from climate change plan, MSPs told (RTPI Scotland 27/01/21)
More consideration needs to be given to the location of new buildings in Scotland in the battle against climate change, says Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Scotland.

Communities must be empowered to reimagine their neighbourhoods post-Covid (RTPI Scotland 26/01/21)
RTPI Scotland is calling on the Scottish government to provide support for communities to help them shape where they live in the wake of Covid-19.

New research will demonstrate benefit of culture and heritage to society (DCMS 21/01/21)
An ambitious new programme of research to improve decision making by valuing the benefits of our culture and heritage capital to society, announced today.

Opinion & Comment

20-minute neighbourhoods & Local Place Plans – new tools for a healthier, greener Scotland (Nick Wright 08/02/21)

Podcast: How Scotland’s construction industry is becoming more sustainable (The Scotsman 05/02/21)

Podcast: Stuccoed in Time (99% Invisible, Architecture 02/02/21)

Anybody home? Uncover your house history (EWH 19/01/21)

Parliamentary Questions & Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

Question S5W-34992: Gordon MacDonald, Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/02/2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its Heat in Buildings Strategy.
Answered by Paul Wheelhouse (05/02/2021)

Question S5W-34233: Stuart McMillan, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/12/2020
To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its Heat in Buildings Strategy.
Answered by Paul Wheelhouse (23/12/2020)

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conversations 20/21: #3 Youth Empowerment
Date & time: Sat, February 13, 2021; 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.
We are delighted to be able to announce the 3rd of our Community Heritage Conversations, which is a half-day event on Youth Engagement. It’s not a secret that young people are under-represented in terms of engagement with heritage. It’s an issue that our sector has been trying to tackle for many years. This session will look at how community heritage organisations are approaching youth engagement, and their efforts to involve young people in all aspects of heritage work.

“A New Future for Scotland’s Town Centres”, with Communities Secretary, Aileen Campbell MSP
Date & time: Thursday 18th February, 2.30-3.30pm.
Online: Zoom.
The Town Centre Action Plan Expert Review Group has published its report: ‘A New Future for Scotland’s Town Centres’. Following consultation across sectors and with the public, the report offers a vision for how Scotland’s town centres can play a central role in ensuring fairer, greener and healthier communities. Scotland’s Towns Partnership invites you to a webinar to present the report’s vision and recommendations, and examine next steps to put the enhanced policy direction for our towns into practice. We will hear from Communities Secretary, Aileen Campbell MSP, as well as Professor Leigh Sparks, who chaired the independent review group.

Mapping the City with Dr Christopher Fleet
Date & time: 6pm, Thursday 26th February 2021
Online: Zoom
Please join us for a fascinating evening as we explore the history of the World Heritage Site through the National Library of Scotland’s outstanding map collection, with Dr Christopher Fleet, Curator of Maps and author of ‘Mapping the City’, published by Birlinn. The National Library’s collection of Edinburgh city views and maps stretches back to the 17th century, and, seen together, they allow us to follow the development of the city from the time of Mary Queen of Scots to the present day.

Delivering More Homes and Better Places in Scotland
Date & time: Fri, 5 March 2021; 10:00 – 12:00.
Delivering more, high-quality homes and better places is fundamental to Scotland’s economic recovery from COVID-19. It is a cross-cutting thread that runs through the four themes of the NPF4 position statement: to plan for net-zero emissions, resilient communities, a wellbeing economy, and better, greener places. This webinar builds on recent research on new housing supply, design quality, land assembly and placemaking. A set of pre-recorded presentations summarises the findings from this research, while the three live panel discussions focus on the practicalities of delivery.

Your Career in Conservation
Dates & times: 22nd March – 24th March | 10:30am – 4:00pm.
Online.
Interested in a career focused on the historic built environment? Or learning more about how to improve your knowledge and expertise about conserving our built heritage? Join Glasgow City Heritage Trust for a three-day online conference looking at careers in conservation and take part in workshops on how to become conservation accredited. The conference is aimed at anyone working, or interested in working, within the building and heritage sectors, including architects, surveyors, conservators, engineers and consultants.

Connecting Nature Innovation Summit
Dates: 23-25 March.
From 23-25 March the Innovation Summit will bring together an international audience to explore how we shift to sustainable, greener cities that deliver for their citizens using nature-based solutions. It will share the learning from the community of cities involved in Connecting Nature and introduce the innovative tools and methods being developed through the project. This free event is co-hosted by greenspace scotland and Glasgow City Council, the full Connecting Nature Innovation Summit registration will open later in Feb 2021.

The See-Through House
Date & time: Monday 5th April 2021; 6:30pm.
Online: via Zoom.
We are delighted to have Shelly Klein discussing with Colin McLean and Simon Green her recently published book on life in the modernist house designed by Peter Womersley. Join Shelley Klein in conversation with photographer Colin McLean and architectural historian Simon Green as she discusses her recently published book, The See-Through House. The book is based on life in High Sunderland, her family home in the Borders, designed in 1957 on an open-plan grid with colourful glass panels by modernist architect Peter Womersley for Shelley’s father, textile designer Bernat Klein.

Training

Webinar: Getting started with creating video content
Date & time: 16th February, 10:00 – 11:30am.
Want to make videos for your heritage organisation but not sure how to get started? Would you benefit from an overview of the equipment, software and some top tips for how to start making your own video content for websites and social media? Join Heritage Digital and Nick Street of Street Films for a webinar on getting started with creating video content – suitable for those looking to create videos using mobile phones and/or basic cameras. This workshop is FREE as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Heritage Digital programme.

Workshop: Creating cut-through videos
Dates & times: 24 Feb, 9:30-11:30am.
Join Nick Street of Street Films for a morning in-depth workshop on creating cut-through videos. Whilst the introductory webinar on 16th February will provide an overview and some top-tips, these half-day sessions will guide participants through how to gain confidence in making videos, with tools, storyboarding and rights management considered. There will also be chance for Q&A with Nick, an experienced video-maker for heritage organisations. This workshop is FREE as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Heritage Digital programme.

Free training for Community Councils – the Circular Economy and the planning system 
At the end of last year we announced our intention to run a number of training sessions on the circular economy and its relation to the planning system, in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland. We now have four confirmed dates. Each session will run for 1.5 – 2 hours. Please sign up for your preferred session via the links below or contact David Wood (david@pas.org.uk) for more information.

IHBC CPD – Introducing Building Survey for Retrofit
Date & time: 29 Mar 2021 1pm-2pm.
Online: GoToWebinar.
John Edwards, IHBC Technical Panel Chair and Trustee, will introduce Building Survey for Retrofit.  Topics will include the following: The overall approach including the survey as part of the retrofit process; Competencies and equipment required; How condition affects performance; Examples of issues of particular importance and how to analyse them; Determining the suitability of types and levels of retrofit including materials; Making sure that heritage values are part of the process; Q&A at end.

The Need for Old Buildings to Breathe Re-Examined
Date & time: 27 April 2021.
This CPD session is aimed at experienced conservation professionals and practitioners. David Wiggins will examine the response of traditional solid masonry walls to moisture, probing the issue of the ‘breathability’ of old buildings. Sacrificial weathering will be unpacked as a process, and modern mortars critically evaluated for compatibility against hot-mixed lime mortars. Practical specification guidance will be given on lime mortar for exposed conditions.

Vacancies

Chief Executive
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is to appoint a Chief Executive. The role, designed to support the profession at a time of significant change, will be based in Edinburgh at the RIAS headquarters.
Closing date for formal applications: 9am, Monday 1st March 2021.

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2020 was a year unlike any other and as the financial year draws to a close, BEFS is hosting a webinar, The State of Heritage 2021-22, to hear about the current financial position from across the heritage sector and tentatively look at what the implications are for 2021. We will provide a brief overview of relevant details from the Scottish Government’s Budget, which will be announced later today. Organisational perspectives will be provided by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Historic Houses Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland and Napier University. Sign up here.

The National Partnership for Culture (NPC) has published its work programme for 2021. The NPC provides advice and guidance to Scottish Ministers on key strategic issues affecting culture in Scotland. The work programme for 2021 is based on initial priority areas of focus, cross-cutting principles and with the recovery and renewal of the culture sector in Scotland at its heart. BEFS has been invited to participate in the workshops and to share outputs with members to enable sector review of draft agreed priorities and proposed actions from each workshop session.

BEFS submitted a short response to the Scottish Government’s land use consultation. The submission suggests alignment between natural and heritage protections, making considerations for people and place, and considering the values of landscape scale decisions.

Recordings of Under One Roof’s Autumn and Winter 2020 Webinar Programme are now available online. Funded by the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust, this series explored a range of tenement related topics from factors to debt recovery and how to have difficult conversations. The physical side of tenement repairs was also covered with webinars on how to inspect a property, how to look after the roof and structural issues. The recordings – and the associated CPD certificates – are completely free here.

BEFS Policy & Strategy Manager, Ailsa Macfarlane, reflects on the potential damage of the common narrative in heritage protection, in our blog this week: Is the language of salvation helping heritage?

Consultations

Inquiry – 21st century places: values and benefits
Closes 29 Jan 2021.

Strengthening Scottish Charity Law Survey
Closes 19 Feb 2021.

Draft Guidance on minimum standards for depositing archaeological assemblages in Scotland
Deadline for responses 8th Feb 2021. Consultation document.

National Planning Framework: Position Statement
Closes 19 Feb 2021.

New Build Heat Standard – Scoping Consultation
Closes 3 Mar 2021.

Mediation in Planning
Closes 12 Mar 2021.

Draft Public Engagement Strategy for Climate Change
Closes 17 Mar 2021.

Consultation Responses

Just Transition Commission call for evidence: analysis report (SG 18/01/21)

Publications

Plan the Scotland We Need – A Manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election (RTPI 26/01/21)

National Partnership for Culture: work programme – 2021 (SG 21/01/21)

Brexit Guidance & Useful Resources (RIAS 21/01/21)

Prospect – Updated guidance on safe working during COVID (CIfA 21/01/21)

Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011: Code of conduct for Property Factors (SG 18/01/21)

Health on the High Street (SMF 19/01/21)

Scottish Government News Releases

Community projects get £25 million funding (SG 27/01/21)
More than £25 million is going to disadvantaged and remote communities around Scotland to support regeneration and employment projects.

News Releases

Culture and Heritage Capital portal (DCMS 21/01/21)
This page brings together research, guidance and estimates to help government and private organisations consider the value of culture and heritage capital.

The effect of Brexit on UK construction (RICS 11/01/21)
The UK and EU’s announcement of a trade deal from 1st January 2021 imposes no direct charges on construction or construction products but there are administrative burdens that will add to cost and inhibit the functioning of the UK construction industry.

My Place Awards (SCT 01/21)
The My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality.  The Awards honour projects that have excelled in terms of community involvement/impact and design. Winners of the My Place Awards benefit from the opportunity to develop a national profile and evidence impact to potential and existing funders, as well as be featured in a public exhibition. The My Place Awards 2021 are now open for entries. The deadline for entries is 11:59pm, 31st January 2021. Enter here!

Hidden meanings in Scotland’s historic places (HES 18/01/21)
Many of Scotland’s historic places contain features which may have hidden meanings. Join us as we take a look at some of our favourites.

Opinion & Comment

Thinking Local First Isn’t Just A Resolution – It’s a Lifeline (STP 21/01/21)

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

Artistry and Architecture – Sir Ninian Comper by Andrew Wright OBE
Date & time: Thu, 28 Jan 2021, 19:30.
Online
As a leading exponent of Gothic Revival in Britain in the twentieth century, Comper is one of Aberdeen’s most illustrious architectural sons. In this illustrated lecture, seminal works located in Northeast Scotland and undertaken at various stages of Comper’s career, will be examined, building upon the lecturer’s involvement with the care of one of Comper’s finest churches; St Margaret of Scotland at Braemar.

Campaign for a National Plan that Puts People and Planet First
Date & time: 28 January, 6-8pm.
Online
Decisions on important developments (housing etc) are guided through the Scotland’s National Planning Framework (NPF). It will decide on national developments like Dundee Waterfront, Grangemouth Investment zone, flood protection areas and new national parks. It will contain important policies on housing, renewable energy and the environment. The latest NPF4 will last until 2050 and is being drawn up NOW. Developments included in NPF4 will be untouchable once it’s been signed off by Parliament in 2022. But there is lots we can do before then.

Collective Architecture
Date & time: Mon, 1 Feb 2021, 18:15.
Online: Zoom.
Chris Stewart is an Architect-Director of the award-winning, employee-owned practice Collective Architecture, as well as a director of the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA). In this talk he will tell us about the practice’s projects and its approach to sustainable design and client and user involvement.

National Planning Framework 4 – Community Discussion Workshops 
Dates & times: Tue, 2 Feb 2021 11:00-12.30; Wed, 3 Feb 2021 11:00-12.30; Tue, 9 Feb 2021 16:00-17:30.
Online via Zoom
National Planning Framework 4 is being prepared by the Scottish Government as the new “national plan” for Scotland – it will be the key document setting Scottish planning policy direction until 2031. The Position Statement sets out Scottish Government thinking based on consultation undertaken so far. PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) has been asked to run three workshops to hear the views of community group representatives about the Position Statement. We will also cover how to respond effectively and next steps in the NPF4 process. Places are limited to 20 per event.

The Landscape of Outdoor Learning – Online Webinar:  A response to the 1140h EY Expansions
Date & time: Wed, 17 February 2021 12:00 – 13:30 GMT
Online
This webinar explores and celebrates the benefits of well-designed, nature based playgrounds in Early Years outdoor learning & child development. This talk is aimed at educators, design professionals and organisations responsible for delivering successful Early Years outdoor learning. Our guest speakers discuss their work and experience of designing and implementing Early Years playscapes since the 1140h Expansion guidelines made way in Scotland: Felicity Steers : Director – erz; Natalie Murray: Technical Director – Wardell Armstrong; Education and Property Team : West Lothian Council. Followed by a Q&A session.

Planning Law for Heritage and the Arts – A Survival Guide
Date & time: 18 February 2021, 13:00 – 15:30
Online: via Zoom
Planning is also undergoing significant reform, with emergency Covid-19 measures in place while wider reform continues apace. This session aims to identify potential planning pitfalls and how to deal with them. It will give you an understanding of the key concepts underpinning the Scottish planning system and will illustrate how an Arts and Heritage development is regulated in practice and review the consequences of breaching planning controls. Topical issues and upcoming reforms will also be covered, alongside questions and comments from delegates throughout the session.

Telling It Like It Is – Effective Copywriting
Date & time: 23 February 2021, 10:00 – 12:30
Online: via Zoom
This training session is aimed at anyone looking to improve their copywriting skills to support their fund-raising activities. Offering a combination of project-based, hands-on writing exercises with tips, techniques and critical theory, the session explores the five stages of the copywriting process. While the training provides a specific focus on writing a case for support, the resulting learning can be applied to all kinds of fundraising communications.

66 The House That Viewed the World
Date & time: Monday, 1st March; Lecture starts at 6.30pm prompt.
Online via Zoom.
Author John D.O. Fulton discusses his recent book about 66 Queen Street in Edinburgh’s New Town, which tells the story of the people and events associated with the house over the course of 210 years. The diverse characters, whose lives were empowered by the Scottish Enlightenment, range from heroes to villains and from people of conscience to subjects of tabloid scandal and moral prurience.

Culture & Business Fund Scotland Roadshows: A source of support for COVID-19 recovery & renewal
Date & time: Tuesday 9 March 11:00am — 13:00pm & Tuesday 30 March 11:00am — 13:00pm
Online: via Zoom
Due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, we are taking our Culture & Business Scotland (CBFS) Roadshows online. These free webinars will give attendees from across the arts, heritage, third, public and business sectors the opportunity to learn about the fund, and how we have adapted the criteria to provide more flexible support for the sectors through a period of recovery and renewal throughout 2021 and beyond.

Keeping in touch with your supporters: keeping yourself right with data protection law (GDPR)
Date & time: 23 March 2021, 13:00 – 16:00
Online: via Zoom
During this difficult time when so many venues are closed, we are keeping in touch with our audiences, supporters and followers virtually. Of course some events can take place online and as a result you may obtain more information and personal data than you usually do, but what can you do with that lawfully? The proper use of personal data is important, not only to ensure compliance with the law but also to maintain the trust of supporters. This session will provide you with an understanding of the law, using practical examples from the sector to bring the topic to life.

Legacy giving. Now is the time – if you do it right. Learn how to!
Date & time: 25 March 2021, 11:00 – 15:00
Online: via Zoom
This course is focused on how to integrate legacies into your current fundraising at little or no cost at a time when more people are making Wills than we have witnessed in decades.

Vacancies

Icon seeks Trustee with financial expertise
Icon is currently recruiting for a Trustee, who will also be Chair Designate for the Finance Committee.
Closing date is Wednesday 10 February 2021.

 

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BEFS News

In mid-December BEFS encouraged its membership to lobby Members of the Scottish Parliament on what we perceived to be an anomaly in the definition of “the environment” within Part 2 of the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) Scotland) Bill. Our proposed amendment was not put forward by any MSPs but Scottish Ministers have responded with their reasoning as to why it was unnecessary. Read more here.

BEFS has responded to two consultations already in 2021. BEFS responded to the Local Government and Communities Committee’s call for views on the Scottish Government’s updated Climate Change Plan (CCPu) in relation to planning, housing, buildings, fuel poverty and green recovery. BEFS also submitted a short statement in response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the update to the Climate Change Plan 2018-2032. Both submissions can be found on our consultations page.

The Scottish Government has published a Policy statement on how nationally important land use planning matters should be addressed across the country.

BEFS team wishes you the best start to 2021 that is currently possible.

Consultations

Consultation: Scotland’s Third Land Use Strategy
Opened 2 Dec 2020 and closes 17 Jan 2021.

Short-term Letting Enquiry
If you would like to contribute to this work, please email your views by Friday 22 January.

Inquiry – 21st century places: values and benefits
Opened 30 Nov 2020 and closes 29 Jan 2021.

Strengthening Scottish Charity Law Survey
Opened 21 Dec 2020 and closes 5 Feb 2021.

National Planning Framework: Position Statement
Closes 19 Feb 2021.

New Build Heat Standard – Scoping Consultation
Opened 9 Dec 2020 and closes 3 Mar 2021.

Mediation in Planning
Opened 15 Dec 2020 and closes 12 Mar 2021.

Draft Public Engagement Strategy for Climate Change
Opened 16 Dec 2020 and closes 17 Mar 2021.

Community landownership and the climate emergency

Consultation Responses

Permitted Development Rights (PDR) – review and extension: consultation analysis (SG 18/12/20)

Publications

Update to the Climate Change Plan – Background Information and Key Issues (SPICe 12/01/21)

Update to the Climate Change Plan – Key Sectors (SPICe 12/01/21)

Land of Opportunity – Towards a New Land Use Strategy for Scotland (RS 11/01/21)

Reviewing and Extending Permitted Development Rights Explanation of Phase 1 Measures (SG 12/20)

Scottish Household Survey 2019: methodology and fieldwork outcomes (SG 22/12/20)

Low carbon heating in domestic buildings – technical feasibility: report (SG 22/12/20)

Scottish Planning Policy – Policy statement on land use (SG 18/12/20)

Scottish Planning Policy – amendments: housing land research paper – evidence (SG 18/12/20)

Scottish Planning Policy – finalised amendments: December 2020 (SG 18/12/20)

Planning Advice Note 1/2020: Assessing the extent of the 5 year supply of effective housing land (SG 18/12/20)

Chief Planner letter: stakeholder update – December 2020 (SG 18/12/20)

IHBC Draft response to Consultation on Historic England Advice Note: Listed building Consent Advice (IHBC 17/12/20)

Securing a green recovery on a path to net zero: climate change plan 2018–2032 – update (SG 16/12/20)

Scotland’s Garden’s and Landscape Heritage Winter 2020 Newsletter (SGLH 12/20)

Scottish Government News Releases

Delivering Scotland’s green recovery (SG 08/01/21)
Communities across the country are to benefit from fast-tracked funding to help tackle climate change and deliver Scotland’s green recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Stone of Destiny (SG 23/12/20)
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the Stone of Destiny is to be relocated to Perth.

Revitalising the River Clyde (SG 21/12/20)
A scheme to expand and transform one of Scotland’s busiest arts venues into a greener, year-round cultural destination is among the projects being supported by the Clyde Mission Fund.

£104 million tourism and hospitality lifeline (SG 21/12/20)
Tourism and hospitality businesses across Scotland are to benefit from a £104.3 million package of support in the New Year.

Supporting culture throughout the pandemic (SG 20/12/20)
An additional £7.1 million to secure the future of as many grassroots music venues and independent museums as possible has been announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Transforming vacant and derelict land (SG 19/12/20)
£50 million to help bring disused land back into use. Thousands of hectares of vacant and derelict land across Scotland will be transformed through a new £50 million programme over the next five years.

Steering Scotland’s pathway to net zero (SG 16/12/20)
More than 100 new policies and proposals to support Scotland’s green recovery and help deliver a just transition to net zero have been launched.

News Releases

Land of Opportunity – Towards a New Land Use Strategy for Scotland (RS 11/01/21)
UK’s departure from the Common Agricultural Policy should spark a debate about the future of rural Scotland, says Reform Scotland.

£104,888 boost for Scottish heritage projects (HES 22/12/20)
Brisbane Observatory, Govanhill Baths and The Ridge Foundations CIC are among the latest round of Historic Environment Support Fund recipients.

HES sign new partnership on Cultural Heritage and Climate Action with Irish Government (HES 21/12/20)
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Heritage and Climate Action with the Heritage Division of the Irish Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Derelict sites to be transformed with £50m Scottish Government fund (SLC 19/12/20)
Thousands of hectares of vacant and derelict land across Scotland will be transformed through a new £50 million programme over the next five years.

Opinion & Comment

A look ahead at land reform (SLC 21/12/20)

Parliamentary Questions & Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

Question S5W-34233: Stuart McMillan, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/12/2020
To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its Heat in Buildings Strategy.
Answered by Paul Wheelhouse (23/12/2020)

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

Comfort and Convenience in the Country House
Date & time: January 18th 2021, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Online: via Zoom (free registration through Eventbrite)
This illustrated online lecture will look at ways in which elements of comfort and convenience were introduced into Victorian and Edwardian country houses. Historian and Britain’s first Professor of Industrial Archaeology, Marilyn Palmer, will consider the reasons why some landowners were keen innovators and others not, as well as the effects that new methods of water supply, sanitation, lighting and heating had on the way in which space was used in these houses and on their households.

Burns in the Burgh
Date & time: 6pm, Thursday 28 January 2021
Online: Zoom
Join us for a celebration of the ‘heav’n-taught ploughman’ through poetry readings and a virtual guided tour of the places particularly associated with the bard from his time in the capital from 1786 to 1788, with special guests.

Whose Festival is it Anyway? A Cockburn Conference
Date & time: Saturday 30th January from 11am to 3pm
Online: Book on Eventbrite (free but donations welcome).
The COVID crisis has presented significant challenges to Edinburgh’s attempts to be a year-round “Festival City”, dealing a serious blow to the city’s tourism and hospitality sectors. Important civic issues, such as economic resilience, public well-being and the wisdom of perpetual growth-centric policies, are being debated once again as Edinburgh reflects upon how its many Festivals should operate in a post-COVID world. The Cockburn Association has arranged a conference to explore these issues in greater detail. Among other topics, panellists will explore the impacts of festivalisation and how the city will meet its climate and sustainability obligations in the future.

The Power of Archives
Date & time: February 8th 2021, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Online: via Zoom (free registration through Eventbrite)
Archives are our gateway to the past, they help us connect with and understand our histories and shape our knowledge of who we are. They are, in many ways, instruments of power, determining what we remember and how we see ourselves. They also hold organisations to account, protect rights and promote social justice. In this online talk, Archivist and Head of Culture and Information at the University of Dundee, Caroline Brown, will explore these themes and reflect on how the creation of archives impacts not just history, but our world today and the direction we take into the future.

2020 Virtual SURF Awards Dinner
Date & time: 18th February 2021, 7pm.
Online: Streaming live via Vimeo.
SURF and the Scottish Government have teamed up again to deliver the prestigious SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration. These are presented to projects that are judged by a panel of independent regeneration experts to be performing outstanding regeneration work in Scotland’s communities. The awards process concludes with a celebratory dinner event, at which the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government will reveal the 2020 SURF Award winners. As public gatherings look uncertain for the foreseeable future, the dinner will be streamed live from Glasgow via Vimeo, with projects and partners joining the hosts virtually.

Planning Law for Heritage and the Arts – A Survival Guide
Date & time: 18 February 2021, 13:00 – 15:30
Online: via Zoom
Planning is also undergoing significant reform, with emergency Covid-19 measures in place while wider reform continues apace. This session aims to identify potential planning pitfalls and how to deal with them. It will give you an understanding of the key concepts underpinning the Scottish planning system and will illustrate how an Arts and Heritage development is regulated in practice and review the consequences of breaching planning controls. Topical issues and upcoming reforms will also be covered, alongside questions and comments from delegates throughout the session.

Telling It Like It Is – Effective Copywriting
Date & time: 23 February 2021, 10:00 – 12:30
Online: via Zoom
This training session is aimed at anyone looking to improve their copywriting skills to support their fund-raising activities. Offering a combination of project-based, hands-on writing exercises with tips, techniques and critical theory, the session explores the five stages of the copywriting process. While the training provides a specific focus on writing a case for support, the resulting learning can be applied to all kinds of fundraising communications.

Training

IHBC CPD Circular
Continuing Professional Development opportunities and much more.
As part of the IHBC’s commitment to providing our members and their networks with up-to-date information on continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities and information, this monthly Circular includes upcoming Branch and National CPD opportunities, Awards, Placements, Bursaries & Scholarships, Calls for Papers and more from across the UK and beyond.

Place Skills for Housing CPD Series
The focus of the Place Skills for Housing series is on supporting better place quality through considering location and place priorities for new housing led developments, as one important element of whole place planning.

Vacancies

Director of Heritage
This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to come and be part of our Historic Environment Scotland team. We are looking for an ambitious heritage professional with excellent leadership skills to join us. Reporting to the Chief Executive, the successful candidate will be a key member of the HES Senior Management Team, leading the heritage function.
Please return your C.V. and covering letter by the Monday 18 January 2021.

Project Officer (CARS)
Part of a wider Development Management Service Area collaborating closely with others to develop and embed the principles and practices which protect and enhance Aberdeen’s built and natural environment.  The Union Street Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) Project Officer will project manage the CARS project, deliver, process, monitor grant applications and promote and monitor projects and deliver the reporting requirements including risk management.
Closes: 18 January 2021.

Finance and Admin Officer
A critical post for an experienced charity finance professional to co-ordinate the financial activities of Fife Historic Buildings Trust and be part of a small team delivering historic regeneration projects for people and places in Fife.
Deadline for applications – 9am on Tues 19 January 2021.

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BEFS News

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is once again accepting project funding applications up to £100,000. This funding is to help the heritage community recover from the effects of the pandemic, and re-engage with the communities hardest hit. Grants are available to organisations working with heritage to build their resilience and engage with those most in need in our communities. The Fund has also launched interest free loans aimed at organisations looking to restart and develop their income generating potential. Find out more here.

Applications are open for the new Social Enterprise Academy’s, National Lottery Heritage Fund programme – Steps to Sustainability. The programme will help UK heritage organisation be ambitious, forward thinking and deliver exciting new projects. Starting in February 2021. Find out more here.

The Scottish Government has published Securing a Green Recovery on a Path to Net Zero, an update to Scotland’s 2018-2032 Climate Change Plan, which sets out the a pathway to new and ambitious targets set by the Climate Change Act 2019. It is a key strategic document on our green recovery from COVID-19.

Ahead of next year’s Scottish Parliament elections, the Scottish Civic Trust has published an action plan that outlines five priorities for the new Scottish Government: 1) Planning that genuinely benefits all communities, 2) Safe-guarding Scotland’s built heritage, 3) Homes and environments for well-being and climate change resilience, 4) Education that builds civic pride, and 5) A place for everyone. Read more.

BEFS responded to Historic Environment Scotland’s Talking About Heritage consultation, drawing on input from Members. Feedback was largely positive and Member’s working with community groups around an asset saw great benefit in the document’s approach. There were questions about what actions to take from the document, and whether more tailored, bite-size, sections would be available in the final iteration. Read the full response here.

BEFS is delighted to learn that Under One Roof, the advice website for flat owners and their advisers, is set to expand as it becomes a new charity. It is looking for a Chief Executive to lead it in its second phase where it plans more outreach work with tenement and flat owners in Scotland. Job details are available here.

At our AGM earlier this month, BEFS wished four wonderful board members a fond farewell. We would like to thank Jocelyn Cunliffe, Kate Houghton, Stuart Beattie and Tom Addyman for their expertise and support of the team. We would also like to welcome our newest board member Peter Drummond.

The Heritage Alliance will be counting down to the 25th December by sharing a different facet of the heritage sector each day on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Get in the festive spirit heritage style with #12DaysOfHeritage.

Finally, team BEFS would like to wish you a very merry festive season and a fantastic start to 2021!

Consultations

Draft Public Engagement Strategy for Climate Change
Opened 16 Dec 2020 and closes 17 Mar 2021.

Planning system – promotion and mediation: draft guidance
Opened 15 Dec 2020 and closes 12 Mar 2021.

Consultations on Draft Guidance and Museums Processing Fee
– 1. Implementing a museum processing fee for archaeological assemblages in Scotland
– 2. New draft guidance for the minimum standards for the transfer of archaeological assemblages to museums in Scotland
Opened 14 Dec 2020 and closes 8 Feb 2021.

Inquiry – 21st century places: values and benefits
Opened 30 Nov 2020 and closes 29 Jan 2021.

New Build Heat Standard – Scoping Consultation
Opened 9 Dec 2020 and closes 3 Mar 2021.

Consultation: Scotland’s Third Land Use Strategy
Opened 2 Dec 2020 and closes 17 Jan 2021.

Scotland’s Economic Performance – The contribution of place-based economic development zones
Closes 20 Dec 2020.

National Planning Framework: Position Statement
Closes 19 Feb 2021.

COVID-19 Creative Industries Impact Survey

Community landownership and the climate emergency

Consultation Responses

Short-term lets – licensing scheme and planning control areas: consultation analysis (SG 10/12/20)

Publications

Expert views on green recovery from COVID-19, and alignment with Scottish Government plans (SPICe 15/12/20)

Edinburgh, Lothians & Borders Archaeology Conference Talks (12/20)

Architectural Heritage Fund Annual Review 2019-20 (AHF 14/12/20)

State of the Nation Report – Scotland (ICE 12/20)

Land and property taxation in Scotland: Initial scoping of options for reform (SLC 10/12/20)

Fire safety design summary (SG 09/12/20)

Common Good Land – A Protocol (SLC 03/12/20)

Building standards – legislation and guidance changes for March 2021: letter to local authority verifiers (SG 03/12/20)

Delivering design value: The housing design quality conundrum (UKCCHE 12/20)

Gross Domestic Wellbeing (GDWe): an alternative measure of social progress (CUKT 12/20)

Respond, recover, reset: the voluntary sector and COVID-19 (11/20)

COVID-19 Voluntary Sector Impact Barometer (11/20)

Depositing Archaeological Finds & Assemblages in Scottish Museums 2020 Survey Report (SAS 10/20/)

Scottish Government News Releases

National Planning Framework 4 Position Statement – getting involved and having your say (SG 15/12/20)
We published our NPF4 Position Statement on 26 November 2020, setting out our current thinking towards the production of the next National Planning Framework. At the same time, we also published an updated Programme for Engagement.

New standards for short-term lets (SG 10/12/20)
Existing hosts of short-term lets will now have until April 2023 to apply for a licence under Scottish Government plans for regulation.

Setting housing standards to cut climate change emissions (SG 09/12/20)
Views sought on proposed rules requiring zero emissions heating systems in all new build homes.

News Releases

More than £165 million in repayable finance announced to support major arts and heritage institutions as Culture Recovery Fund marks £1 billion milestone (DDCMS 11/12/20)
£165 million offered to organisations including the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, English National Opera and Royal Shakespeare Company who will be supported by major loans from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Changes to the land and property tax system could support Scotland’s recovery and renewal (SLC 10/12/20)
Taxes on land and property could serve as a powerful tool for helping Scotland develop a robust, resilient wellbeing economy, according to a new report published today.

12 European heritage sites shortlisted for the 7 Most Endangered Programme 2021 (EN 10/12/20)
Europa Nostra and its partner organisation, the European Investment Bank Institute, have today announced the 12 most threatened heritage sites in Europe shortlisted for the 7 Most Endangered programme 2021.

‘Conservation, Places and People’ APPG (IHBC 08/12/20)
Westminster’s new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on ‘Conservation, Places and People’, chaired by Layla Moran MP and with the IHBC as its Secretariat, has embarked on its first public inquiry, with the call closing on 29 January 2021 and oral evidence sessions to be announced in due course.

Caithness Iron Age stone tower conserved (BBC 08/12/20)
Conservation work has been completed on an Iron Age drystone tower that was damaged by Victorian archaeologists.

Make Your Mark in Volunteering (HES 04/12/20)
An initiative which aims to increase the number and diversity of heritage volunteers in Scotland has been launched.

+Home and Connector Housing are Named Joint Winners of the Government’s Home of 2030 Competition (A 04/12/20)
Launched in March 2020, and managed by the RIBA, the competition encouraged the design of environmentally friendly homes that support people in leading independent, fulfilling lives as our society ages.

Our infrastructure is also our heritage – we must maintain and reuse it for a greener future (HES 03/12/20)
Director of Heritage, Barbara Cummins, explains why we need to keep the infrastructure of our past and reuse it for a greener future.

New Protocol on local authority management of Common Good Land (SLC 03/12/20)
Clear expectations on the management of Common Good land by local authorities will help make the most of this unique form of ownership for communities, says the latest protocol from the Scottish Land Commission.

Opinion & Comment

Covid has finished off the old high street, but we can replace it with something better (Guardian 09/12/20)

The house of the future? A sun-filled, shape-shifting, shed-share paradise (Guardian 04/12/20)

Green growth vs degrowth: are we missing the point? (OD 04/12/20)

Parliamentary Questions & Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

Question S5W-33095: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 06/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to prioritising the installation of low-carbon heating in the existing housing stock ahead of improving energy efficiency in that sector.
Answered by Paul Wheelhouse (03/12/2020)

Question S5W-33487: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 23/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of research by Scottish Renewables recording a 20% reduction since 2011 in the number of local authority planning department staff, how it will ensure that councils are appropriately resourced to deliver the planning consents needed to deliver the renewable energy generation required to meet the net-zero target.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (02/12/2020)

Question S5W-33486: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 23/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of research by Scottish Renewables recording a 20% reduction since 2011 in the number of local authority planning department staff, how the forthcoming NPF4 planning reforms will ensure that the planning system will be focused on tackling the climate emergency.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (02/12/2020)

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

2020 Virtual SURF Awards Dinner
Date & time: 18th February 2021, 7pm.
Online platform details: Streaming live via Vimeo.
SURF and the Scottish Government have teamed up again to deliver the prestigious SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration. These are presented to projects that are judged by a panel of independent regeneration experts to be performing outstanding regeneration work in Scotland’s communities. The awards process concludes with a celebratory dinner event, at which the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government will reveal the 2020 SURF Award winners. As public gatherings look uncertain for the foreseeable future, the dinner will be streamed live from Glasgow via Vimeo, with projects and partners joining the hosts virtually.

Vacancies

Chief Executive
Under One Roof, the highly praised advice website for flat owners and their advisers in Scotland, is set to expand as it becomes a new charity. It is looking for a Chief Executive to lead it in its second phase where it plans more outreach work with tenement and flat owners in Scotland. Job details are available on its website.

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BEFS is looking for your help. The Draft UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity)(Scotland) Bill has completed Stage 2 of its progress through the Scottish Parliament and the definition of “environment” currently excludes cultural heritage. This could not only weaken environmental protections for the historic environment but also means the Bill is inconsistent with both Scottish and EU legislation. We need you to tell your MSP about this as soon as possible so that it can be amended at Stage 3. Find out what you can do to help here.

BEFS is supportive of the Scottish Government’s Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan for Scotland, particularly the inclusion of existing homes within the definition of infrastructure; the support for resilient and sustainable places, and the acceptance of the recommendations previously made by the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland. Read the full consultation response here.

Work is well underway on the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) which will review and update the current NPF3 and Scottish Planning Policy. The Scottish Government have now published a Position Statement to update the public on progress. The Position Statement sets out the governments current thinking now that they have digested the evidence received from stakeholders through the Call for Ideas. BEFS Policy & Strategy Manager reflects on the statement here.

Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning has launched Transforming Places Together: digital strategy for planning. Transforming Places Together sets out a vision for Scotland to have a world leading digital planning system that helps connect people with their places to deliver a prosperous, green and fair country and a framework to achieve whole-system digital transformation of planning over the next 5 years.

Nick Wright outlines how community-led planning is an opportunity not only to progress community projects, but also to influence public services and future development of land and buildings, in our blog this week.

Consultations

Consultation: Scotland’s Third Land Use Strategy
Opened 2 Dec 2020 and closes 17 Jan 2021.

Scotland’s Economic Performance – The contribution of place-based economic development zones
Opened 21 Nov 2020 and closes 20 Dec 2020.

National Planning Framework: Position Statement
Opened 26 Nov 2020 and closes 19 Feb 2021.

Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill
Closes 7 Dec 2020.

HES – Talking About Heritage
Closes 15 Dec 2020.

Community Heritage Volunteer Recruitment Campaign
Closes 15 Dec 2020.

Consultation Responses

Scottish Planning Policy and Housing – technical consultation: analysis (SG 25/11/20)

Publications

Building standards technical handbooks 2020: summary of changes (SG 02/12/20)

Scottish house condition survey: 2019 key findings (SG 01/12/20)

Scottish House Condition Survey Key Findings Infographic Summary 2019 (SG 01/12/20)

COVID-19 and Communities Listening Project: A Shared Response (CUKT 26/11/20)

Fourth National Planning Framework: position statement (SG 26/11/20)

Transforming Places Together: digital strategy for planning (SG 26/11/20)

National Planning Framework 4 – improving air quality outcomes: research (SG 25/11/20)

Housing Land Allocation, Assembly and Delivery: Lessons from Europe (SLC 24/11/20)

Transforming Planning, Places and Scotland (Summary of findings) – The benefits of investing in a digital planning service (RTPI 23/11/20)

Transforming Planning, Places and Scotland (Policy Impact Analysis) – The benefits of investing in a digital planning service (RTPI 23/11/20)

Transforming Planning, Places and Scotland (Case studies) (RTPI 23/11/20)

Transforming Planning, Places and Scotland (User and customer impact analysis) – The benefits of investing in a digital planning service (RTPI 23/11/20)

Transforming Planning, Places and Scotland (Economic impact analysis) – The benefits of investing in a digital planning service (RTPI 23/11/20)

How investing in digital planning can transform Scotland over the next 10 years – Infographic (RTPI 23/11/20)

Traditional Buildings Health Check – Pilot Project Review (HES 23/11/20)

Proposed amendments to Scottish Planning Policy: Key Agencies Group joint statement (SG 23/11/20)

Scottish Replacement For EU Structural Funds (SG 19/11/20)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector guidance (SG 19/11/20)

Has ‘affordable housing’ remained affordable across Scotland? (Shelter Scotland 11/20)

Scotland’s Green Recovery and Climate Emergency Response: interim assessment of progress (Change Works 11/20)

Accelerating Digital: Learning from a digital inclusion accelerator programme (CUKT 11/20)

Making a Difference: Libraries, Lockdown and Looking Ahead (CUKT 11/20)

The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 Development Planning – Transitional Guidance (SG 11/20)

Scottish Government News Releases

Scottish House Condition Survey: 2019 Key Findings (SG 01/12/20)
The Chief Statistician has released figures on fuel poverty, energy efficiency, the condition of housing and other key descriptors of the occupied housing stock in Scotland.

Increased funding commitment for affordable homes (SG 29/11/20)
Housing providers and the construction sector can plan more affordable homes thanks to an additional £200 million funding commitment announced today by Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell.

Transforming planning for the digital age (SG 22/11/20)
A £35 million five-year programme will make it easier for planners to work together and for members of the public to get involved in creating and shaping their places.

Replacement for European Structural Funds (SG 19/11/20)
Meeting Scotland’s distinctive needs and priorities. Plans for a Scottish replacement for European Structural Funds after EU exit have been published.

News Releases

Scottish Land Fund boosts 29 community groups with £3.6m funding (SCN 01/12/20)
Plans to purchase a 55-acre site in Lochinver for the provision of affordable housing is among a number of projects across Scotland have received £3.6 million of funding in the latest round of grants from the Scottish Land Fund.

Architect calls for embodied carbon targets to be enshrined in planning policy (BD 01/12/20)
Developers must be incentivised to reduce embodied carbon right from the start of projects if the UK is to make significant progress towards its net zero-carbon commitments, a leading architect has said.

RTPI Scotland welcomes NPF4 position statement (RTPI 27/11/20)
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has welcomed the publication by the Scottish Government of the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) Position Statement.

RIBA announces new chair elect (SCN 27/11/20)
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today announced that architect and past RIBA president Jack Pringle has been selected as chair elect of the RIBA board of trustees.

Community Land Scotland calls for new powers to control sales of large estates (SHN 26/11/20)
Community Land Scotland (CLS) has called for new powers to control sales of large estates and to break up landowning monopolies in its new manifesto for a sustainable Scotland.

New project funding and loans to support sector resilience (NLHF 25/11/20)
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has resumed accepting small and medium project funding applications and launched an interest free loans pilot.

Digital planning could benefit Scottish economy by £200m, says RTPI report (RTPI 23/11/20)
The Scottish economy could benefit to the tune of more than £200m over the next ten years by introducing digital planning services, according to a study by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in Scotland.

My Place Awards: 2021 (SCT 11/20)
The My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality.  The Awards honour projects that have excelled in terms of design and community involvement/impact.

Opinion & Comment

Kevin Stewart: Building a planning system for the future (SHN 02/12/20)

Communities Realising the Potential of Vacant and Derelict Land (SLC 26/11/20)

Land for Housing – What Europe can teach us (SLC 24/11/20)

Edinburgh’s 1919 Act Housing, Part I: ‘Healthy Houses for the People is the Best Public Health Insurance’ (MD 24/11/20)

Five things we’ve learned about improving Stirling’s historic built environment (HES 23/11/20)

Finding the way to build back better (Building Design 19/11/20)

What would you ask a conservator? (HES 18/11/20)

Parliamentary Questions

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

Question S5W-33486: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 23/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of research by Scottish Renewables recording a 20% reduction since 2011 in the number of local authority planning department staff, how the forthcoming NPF4 planning reforms will ensure that the planning system will be focused on tackling the climate emergency.

Question S5W-33487: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 23/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of research by Scottish Renewables recording a 20% reduction since 2011 in the number of local authority planning department staff, how it will ensure that councils are appropriately resourced to deliver the planning consents needed to deliver the renewable energy generation required to meet the net-zero target.

Parliamentary Questions & Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

Question S5W-33094: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 06/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has allocated to improve the energy efficiency of (a) business buildings, (b) local authority buildings, excluding housing, (c) social housing and (d) domestic housing in each of the last five years.
Answered by Paul Wheelhouse (18/11/2020)

Question S5W-33091: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 06/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government how much it is has invested in (a) decarbonising heat and (b) improving energy efficiency in each of the last five years, broken down by sector.
Answered by Paul Wheelhouse (30/11/2020)

Question S5W-33042: Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government how the £97 million in UK Government consequentials announced on 5 July 2020 has been allocated as packages of support for the arts, culture and heritage sectors, and how much is still to be distributed.
Answered by Fiona Hyslop (16/11/2020)

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

Make your Mark in Volunteering – Campaign Launch
Date & time: Fri, 4 December 2020; 11:00 – 12:30.
Online.
Fiona Hyslop Cabinet Secretary and OPiT CEO Group chair Alex Paterson, Historic Environment Scotland invites you to the MYM Launch.

Dunglass Harbour: Its History, Repair and Management
Date & time: Mon, 7 Dec 2020, 18:15.
Online Event.
Architect Ben Tindall reveals how a typical small harbour can be brimming with interest, from geology and mining to smuggling and science, as well as fishing and disaster. Characters encountered in the talk include the explorer Captain Basil Hall, the engineer Joseph Mitchell, Somerville the Soldier, and the artist E A Walton. We will also discover how repairs in the marine environment can be complex, particularly when funding is hard to get.

Ding Dong! Merrily, at home! with Edinburgh World Heritage
Date & time: 6pm, Thursday 10 December 2020
Online: Zoom (ticketholders will receive joining info in their email confirmation
Don’t suffer a blue Christmas, join Edinburgh World Heritage at home for the holidays with our special guests on Thursday 10th December. We’ll wish you a merry Christmas with mistletoe and wine through your screen (BYOB). Baby, it’s cold outside, so park yourself in front of the (virtual) fire and toast to a wonderful Christmastime with an evening of music, song, poetry and performance. Special guests include Alexander McCall Smith in the role of Mr. Charles Dickens, as well as soloists from St Mary’s Music School, and members of the choir of Old St Paul’s.

Training

Retrofitting Traditional Buildings: Principles & Practice
Date & time: A two part Online Masterclass. Day 1 – 4th December / Day 2 – 11th December 2020; 9.30am-1.00pm both days.
Price: £100 per person.
Guest speaker, Nick Heath of NDM Heath Ltd , will examine current issues, solutions and emerging best practice in how to achieve ‘responsible retrofit’ – sustainable, low-energy traditional buildings with retained character, minimal risk to buildings and occupants and real benefits for all.

Vacancies

Administration Co-ordinator
Arts & Business Scotland are looking for an experienced Administration Co-ordinator, currently based in our Edinburgh office. We are looking for an all rounder, with exceptional organising and multi-tasking skills, a sound knowledge and experience of databases, websites and social media.
Closing date: Wednesday, 9 December 2020.

NCCSS seeks a new Chairperson
The National Committee on the Carved Stones in Scotland (NCCSS) is seeking a pro-active chairperson to lead this unique national organisation and work with representative members to ensure that carved stones of all ages in Scotland play an active part in our appreciation and understanding of Scotland’s past.  The role is voluntary and will require a commitment to actively contribute to Committee meetings, to give firm strategic direction to the organisation, set overall policy and define goals. Applications are sought from persons with specialist knowledge of curatorial and/or research opportunities and challenges relating to carved stones from all periods in Scotland.
Closing date is Monday, 14th December 2020.

Corporate Services Manager
The Green Action Trust, one of Scotland’s leading environmental charities, is seeking a Corporate Services Manager. This is a great opportunity for a highly driven, competent and innovative individual with a successful background in corporate administration and/or change management to put their own mark on shaping our future.
Closing Date: 14.00 on Wednesday 16 December 2020.

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BEFS has responded to a number of consultations in recent weeks. BEFS responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on draft proposals for changes to Permitted Development Rights for the four development types selected for Phase 1 of their programme. Read the submission here. BEFS also responded to the Scottish Government’s technical consultation on proposed amendments to Scottish Planning Policy and Housing, here. Finally, look out for BEFS response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan that closes today and sets out a vision for Scotland’s future infrastructure, on our consultations page.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) would like your feedback on the Make Your Mark Community Heritage Volunteer Recruitment Campaign. Find out more here.

Next week is National Maintenance Week (20-27 November 2020) – the SPAB’s annual reminder to give your home, whether it’s a 1930s semi-detached or a medieval manor, a maintenance check before the winter months. Alongside resources and top tips for keeping buildings in good condition, SPAB’s National Maintenance Week 2020 includes a number of free online events to help owners and users get to know their old buildings better and take practical action to look after them. Find out more about the events including one tailored specifically for Scotland, one for Faith buildings and then some more general maintenance talks, here.

Edinburgh World Heritage and writer Vivian French have published a new education resource for children in primaries 3 and 4 and their families for Book Week Scotland. Designed for outdoor learning, it is aimed at making children more aware of the state of traditional buildings in the World Heritage Site, getting them involved in identifying signs of neglect, and encouraging a conversation around maintenance as a solution. The resource takes the form of a ‘story trail’. Find out more here and download the trail.

Icon Scotland is welcoming BEFS Director Euan Leitch as the speaker for its 23rd annual Plenderleith Memorial Lecture next Thursday, 26th November. Book now!

In addition to those mentioned, there are number of exciting events and training opportunities coming up at the end of the month from across the sector, so do check them out in the events section below.

Consultations

Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan – 2021-22 to 2025-26
Closes 19 Nov 2020.

Equality at the Heart of HES: Our Equality Outcomes Consultation
Closes 30 Nov 2020.

Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill
Closes 7 Dec 2020.

HES – Talking About Heritage
Closes 15 Dec 2020.

Community Heritage Volunteer Recruitment Campaign
Closes 15 Dec 2020.

Publications

Northern Powerhomes: A green recovery plan to decarbonise homes in the North (IPPR 17/11/20)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector guidance (SG 09/11/20)

Affordable housing for rural and island communities (SG 11/11/20)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the performing arts and venues sector (SG 10/11/20)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector guidance (SG 09/11/20)

Green Recovery Inquiry – Report (ECCLR Committee SP 08/11/20)

RIAS Quarterly – Activism in Architecture (11/20)

Measuring What Matters – Planning Outcomes Research (RTPI 11/20)

Productive Placemaking (APPG Building Communities 11/20)

News Releases

£194,349 awarded to coasts and waters heritage projects (HES 16/11/20)
Historic Environment Scotland has awarded funding to eighteen projects across the country.

World heritage status for Scottish peat bogs could help UK hit net zero goals (Guardian 13/11/20)
Hopes rise that the Flow Country, the world’s largest carbon store, could become first peatland to win the status.

European Commission and Europa Nostra announce Europe’s top heritage award winners 2020 (EN 10/11/20)
The winners of the 2020 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were celebrated this afternoon with a virtual gathering that connected heritage lovers, professionals, volunteers and supporters from across Europe and beyond.

Government loses potential for £15bn economic boost and job creation (FMB 05/11/20)
The Government must cut VAT on home improvement works to 5% to boost jobs and stimulate the economy. This is in response to the PMI data, published today, which shows that staffing numbers across the construction sector were in decline.

Archaeological Scientists – ScARF Needs You! (ScARF 11/20)
Please get in touch with us directly if you haven’t heard from us yet and would like to be involved in our ScARF Science update project.

We’re backing the heritage sector to adapt and thrive again (NLHF 04/11/20)
As everyone around the UK faces the challenges of responding to COVID-19 amid varying guidance and restrictions, our Chief Executive shares The Fund’s latest plans to support our heritage community.

Green New Deal: Glasgow (CW 11/20)
Explore our interactive remodelling of the city, where we visualise a transformative space that puts people and the climate first.

Opinion & Comment

We’ve got to get better at remodelling derelict land and buildings (Paul Devine, Scottish Futures Trust 10/11/20)

Parliamentary Questions

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

Question S5W-33042: Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government how the £97 million in UK Government consequentials announced on 5 July 2020 has been allocated as packages of support for the arts, culture and heritage sectors, and how much is still to be distributed.

Question S5W-33091: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 06/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government how much it is has invested in (a) decarbonising heat and (b) improving energy efficiency in each of the last five years, broken down by sector.

Question S5W-33094: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 06/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has allocated to improve the energy efficiency of (a) business buildings, (b) local authority buildings, excluding housing, (c) social housing and (d) domestic housing in each of the last five years.

Question S5W-33095: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 06/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to prioritising the installation of low-carbon heating in the existing housing stock ahead of improving energy efficiency in that sector.

Parliamentary Questions & Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

Question S5W-32965: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will temporarily re-categorise museums to allow them to be classified as public buildings and remain open in areas under tier 3 restrictions.
Answered by Fiona Hyslop (06/11/2020)

Question S5W-33092: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 06/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to reintroduce the Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations, and when it expects these will come into force.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (10/11/2020)

Question S5W-32616: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/10/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for an awareness campaign on the implementation of changes to the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 to ensure that homeowners, landlords, and those responsible for complying with the new regulations are aware of their responsibilities before 1 February 2021.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (30/10/2020)

Question S5W-32766: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 26/10/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what specific steps it has taken to inform homeowners of the changes introduced by the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (Tolerable Standard) (Extension of Criteria) Order 2019 since January 2019, and when it took these steps.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (02/11/2020)

Question S5W-32595: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15/10/2020
To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the Scottish Land Commission Report on regional land use partnerships.
Answered by Roseanna Cunningham (16/11/2020)

Question S5W-33114: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what funding is available for tenement properties that require urgent repair.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (13/11/2020)

Question S5W-33113: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government how much has been allocated to each local authority for improvement and repair grants in each year since 2007.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (13/11/2020)

Question S5W-33093: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 06/11/2020
To ask the Scottish Government how many applications for support through the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme have been received in each of the last five years, broken down by eligibility criteria, and how many (a) have been approved, (b) have been rejected and (c) are awaiting a decision.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (12/11/2020)

Debates

Covid-19 Support (Tourism and Hospitality) (11/11/20)

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

Heritage Trust Network Conference 2020 – Grassroots Heritage: Empowering recovery
Date: Friday 20th November, with lead up events on the 19th.
Join HTN members and friends from across the UK, to find out how to drive your heritage project through recovery. Our expert speakers will offer guidance, knowledge and inspiration on a range of topics aimed to help you adapt and succeed in the most difficult of times. We will have sessions on fundraising, environmental sustainability, strategy and innovation, along with workshops from our key partners.

Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Archaeology Conference
Date & time: Saturday 21 November 2020; 10:00am – 3:00pm.
This annual archaeology conference is organised by City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council and Scottish Borders Council.  It provides an important opportunity to hear and discuss first hand accounts of the archaeological fieldwork and research being undertaken in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. This year the conference will be held online. It is free to attend, but please book a place.

Maintenance Matters in Scotland 
Dates: 20 – 27 November 2020
Prerecorded Online Lecture
Free – registration required
This illustrated lecture will focus on identifying and tackling commonly-encountered maintenance issues for old buildings in Scotland, with reference to typical building forms, materials and environmental conditions. Presented by Jamie McNamara, current Chairperson of SPAB Scotland. Jamie has worked with the conservation of canals, churches, city regeneration schemes and within the traditional skills area.

Maintenance for Faith Buildings 
Dates: 20 – 27 November 2020
Prerecorded Online Lecture
Free – registration required
In this session, we will consider the importance of regular care at places of worship of all dates and types, as well as the vital role played by volunteers in looking after these complex buildings at the heart of our communities. Presented by Kate Andrew, heritage consultant. Kate was a regional project officer for the SPAB’s recent Maintenance Cooperatives Project (MCP).

Maintenance Question Time 
Date & time: 21 November 2020, 11:00 – 12:00
Live Online Forum
Free – registration required
All buildings, old and new, benefit from regular care, and many maintenance tips are widely applicable. Join the SPAB’s advisers for this interactive introduction to maintenance, which includes an online Q&A and discussion of how to tackle some of the common problems found with old buildings, and how regular care and attention can prevent or reduce them.

Maintenance Matters! An Introduction to Caring for Your Old Building
Date & time: 24 November 2020, 14:30 – 15:30
Live Online Lecture
Free – registration required
This illustrated talk explores how old buildings are different to new, how and why they can decay, what maintenance is and why it’s important. It includes practical advice on getting started and working safely. Presented by James Innerdale, an architect and historic buildings consultant. James was the Technical Officer for the SPAB’s recent Maintenance Cooperatives Project (MCP).

If you seek a monument, gaze around
Date & time: 26 November 2020; 18:00 – 19:00.
Great sculptors have lived and worked in Edinburgh for centuries, and the city has one of the finest collection of public monuments of any city. In this live event, our panel will talk about their favourite Edinburgh sculpture, and discuss whether the city’s monuments present an incomplete and outdated version of the past. Special guests include sculptor Alexander Stoddart, the Queen’s Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival Sorcha Carey and more.

Archaeology Scotland Online AGM and Members’ Day 2020
Date & Time: Saturday 28th November 2020 10am – 12noon.
Online via Zoom.
Short description of event: Archaeology Scotland is excited to welcome you to our online AGM and Members’ Day. Not a member? That’s ok. We have a number of talks open to non-members on topics such as The Peebles Bronze Age Hoard, Stobs’ Camp, and Archaeologists of the Future for those budding young archaeologists out there. We hope to see you there!

“Whose Festival is it Anyway?” The 2020 Cockburn Association Annual Lecture 
Date & time: Monday 30th November at 7.00pm.
Online (Zoom).
Join Professor Cliff Hague as he delivers 2020’s Annual Cockburn Lecture, this year discussing what Edinburgh’s Festivals should look like in the future. He will discuss how the sheer scale of the city’s Festivals has come to be a source of controversy to many residents and offer some suggestions how these events might become more citizen-friendly from 2021 onwards. His talk will build on the “Our Unique City” manifesto produced by the Cockburn Association that outlines our vision for life in Edinburgh in a post-COVID era. Tickets to the event are free to Cockburn members and by donation to non-members.

Scottish Housing Policies after Covid: Challenges and Constraints to 2025
Dates: 1-3 Dec. 2020.
As 2020 comes to a close, and the news of potential vaccines for Covid-19 brings new hope of recovery in 2021, the CaCHE Scottish Housing Policy Conference (SHPC) provides a space for all to: 1) look back at the housing impacts of the pandemic to date; and, 2) look ahead to the long-term impacts for housing choices and policy in Scotland over the next five years. The SHPC is an annual conference organised by the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE). This year, the conference will be held virtually for the first time and will take place across three days, featuring a combination of pre-recorded materials and panel discussions with leading academics and professionals from across Scotland and beyond.

At the Heart of the Community – A Future for Your Church
Date & time: Wednesday 2nd December, 10 – 11am
Heritage Trust Network and Historic Churches Scotland are joining forces to host this introductory discussion forum for any group contemplating the future of their church building. Whether you have managed your church for decades or currently contemplating taking the building on, this event is for you.

The Rhind Lectures
Dates & times: Six free lectures open to all, premiered one every evening at 6pm from Sunday 13 December 2020 to Friday 18 December 2020.
Online via the Society YouTube channel, with a live Q&A on Zoom for the final lecture.
The Rhind Lectures are our most highly anticipated event of the year. Since 1876 the Society has invited experts to give an annual series of six lectures on a historical or archaeological topic. This year, Dr Alison Sheridan FSAScot will discuss the Neolithic period in Scotland, from the first appearance of farming to the end of the era with the arrival of new people, ideas, technology and practices from the Continent around 2,500 BC.

Training

Damp, Masonry Decay, & Sustainability
Dates & times: 2.00-3.45pm online on three consecutive Thursdays: 19 & 26 Nov, 3 Dec 2020
– Day 1
– Day 2
– Day 3
Moisture is a key factor in almost all forms of decay, and damp fabric increases heat loss. However, identifying its source can be complicated as moisture is so mobile. It can condense from humid air onto cold surfaces and it can spread through a structure by capillary action and gravity. Understanding these mechanisms and their consequences is vital, particularly now that we are increasing insulation levels in historic buildings and restricting ventilation. Getting it wrong can be disastrous.

Keeping in touch with your supporters: keeping yourself right with data protection law (GDPR)
Date & time: Wednesday, 25 November 2020; 13:00 – 16:00.
Online via Zoom. 
During this difficult time when so many venues are closed, we are keeping in touch with our audiences, supporters and followers virtually. Of course some events can take place online and as a result you may obtain more contact information and personal data than you usually do, but what can you do with that lawfully? The proper use of personal data is important, not only to ensure compliance with the law but also to maintain the trust of supporters. This session will provide you with an understanding of the law, using practical examples from the sector to bring the topic to life.

CPD: Retrofitting the Canongate Housing Development
Date & time: Wednesday 2nd December 2020 – 12:30-1:30pm.
Online via Zoom.
Addressing energy efficiency is one of the most pressing issues for older, traditionally-constructed buildings. Retrofitting can bring new life to old buildings whatever their age, use or type. Low energy refurbishments designed to minimise fuel bills will enhance traditional buildings for improved function and less running costs whilst retaining original features and charm. Join us for this CPD, delivered by Scott Abercrombie and Barbara Lantschner from John Gilbert Architects, to look in detail at their retrofitting methodology in the context of their ongoing project to improve the energy efficiency of the Canongate Housing Development, alongside undertaking vital conservation work.

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Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has published updated results of a follow up survey scoping the impacts of COVID-19 on the country’s historic environment sector. Key findings from the latest survey show the most common effects on the heritage sector were again loss of revenue, with 70% of respondents citing this; while 65% of those surveyed noted postponement/cancellation of planned income-generation or marketing events having the biggest impact on their operation. 63% of respondents also listed loss or postponement of work due to the ongoing pandemic. More details here.

In response to the issues and challenges facing the sector, and to support COVID-19 recovery activity, Make Your Mark working group is proposing a Community Heritage Volunteer Recruitment Campaign and HES would like your views on it. Make Your Markis a sector-led campaign currently under development which will aim to increase the number and diversity of heritage volunteers in Scotland. Further information about the campaign can be found via the link to the survey here.

Applications are now open to the NLHF-funded Business Support Programme, ‘Surviving to Thriving’ – developed by Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) and partners – with applications due by noon, 3 December.

The Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Archaeology Conference has just launched its programme for 21st November.

Tonight at 6pm, HES are Talking About Heritage in relation to the current consultation, still time to book your place.

Finally, we have updated our COVID-19 Funding Advice page with recent developments.

Opened 7 Oct 2020 and closes 30 Nov 2020.

Community Heritage Volunteer Recruitment Campaign
Opened 14 Oct 2020 and closes 15 Nov 2020.

Emerging from lockdown survey – Museums Galleries Scotland

H2020 SHERPA project welcomes your opinions on the challenges, opportunities and vision for rural areas of Scotland to 2040.

Proposed Changes to Pre-Application Consultation Requirements in Planning
Closes 6 Nov 2020.

Island Communities Impact Assessments Guidance and Toolkit
Closes 9 Nov 2020.

Programme for Reviewing and Extending Permitted Development Rights (PDR) in Scotland – Consultation on Phase 1 Proposals
Closes 12 Nov 2020.

Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan – 2021-22 to 2025-26
Closes 19 Nov 2020.

Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill
Closes 7 Dec 2020.

HES – Talking About Heritage
Closes 15 Dec 2020.

Publications

Supporting flagship cultural venues (SG 24/10/20)
Three flagship venues will receive funding as part of the ongoing emergency coronavirus (COVID-19) support for cultural and heritage organisations.Proposals for tourism recovery (SG 23/10/20)
The Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce has published its recommendations for supporting the sector’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Grants for businesses (SG 23/10/20)
Details of grants available to businesses as part of Scotland’s refreshed strategic approach to suppressing coronavirus (COVID-19) have been published.

News Releases

Unique underwater discovery of medieval Scottish bridge (HES 29/10/20)

One of the most important structures of medieval Scotland has been rediscovered after being hidden beneath the waters of the River Teviot for centuries.Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2020 Launch! (AS 27/10/20)
We are proud to present ‘Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2020’, the third issue of our report on the delivery of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy.The circular economy in numbers (RICS 21/10/20)
Construction materials and the building sector are responsible for more than one-third of global resource consumption. Modus crunches the numbers on the challenge the construction industry has to become more circular.

New Future Leaders’ Forum to transform skills in the built environment (SCN 19/10/20)
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) is calling on early career professionals and students with drive, ambition and determination to join a new Built Environment Future Leaders’ Forum.

Black History Month (HES 10/20)
Throughout October, we’re celebrating the achievements of inspirational people and sharing the stories history books often forgot or intentionally wrote out.

Opinion & Comment

Structures of Oppression (AT 10/20)

Parliamentary Questions

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

Question S5W-32766: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 26/10/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what specific steps it has taken to inform homeowners of the changes introduced by the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (Tolerable Standard) (Extension of Criteria) Order 2019 since January 2019, and when it took these steps.

Parliamentary Questions and Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

Question S5W-32143: Oliver Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its Programme for Government advising that plans for the Transient Visitor Levy have been put on hold due to COVID-19, and that “future consideration of the levy will take account of the changed context the industry is operating in”, for what reason a similar approach was not extended to its proposals on short-term let regulation.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (14/10/2020)

Question S5W-32142: Oliver Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has considered piloting its proposed short-term let regulations before implementation.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (14/10/2020)

Question S5W-32140: Oliver Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government for what reason its short-term let consultation document makes no reference to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (14/10/2020)

Question S5W-32139: Oliver Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish a business regulatory impact assessment to accompany its plans to introduce short-term let licensing and planning control areas.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (14/10/2020)

Motions

Putting Artists In The Picture: A Sustainable Arts Funding System For Scotland

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

Festival of Place
Date & time: 2 – 13 November 2020.
Online.
Festival of Place presents an exciting season of inspiring talks and dynamic workshops for city-shapers, placemakers, planners, developers, architects and investors. Shape your own learning across two weeks of keynote speeches, think-ins, masterclasses, case studies and placehacks about how to design and develop places where people thrive; putting citizens first. Come together with international urban shapers in our social lounge to question, challenge and learn.

Partners in Planning Online Conference: Working with Climate Change in Mind
Dates & times: 9th – 13th November at 4pm.
Webinars.
Partners in Planning invite you to attend this online conference looking at at how planners can work together to support the climate change agenda. Over the course of the week there will be a one hour session each afternoon looking at different aspects of the impact planning can have on our environment. Please see the outline agenda below for further details of each afternoons topics. This conference is free, we welcome all built environment professionals and students to join us in the discussion.

Why Are Tenements Tiled?
Date & time: Thursday 12th November 2020 | 6pm.
Zoom event.
Tenement flats have provided homes to Glaswegians for almost two centuries. Join GCHT and conservation consultant Darren McLean for a fascinating evening lecture, which will explore ‘wally tiles’ and their history. Some tiles are now in poor condition, while others are near pristine, yet they all make a statement about the time that they were installed. This talk will cover not only tiles within the common areas of tenements but also complimentary element such as glass and metal. With stunning pictures, case studies and expert knowledge from Darren, this surely an event not to be missed by tenement tile enthusiasts!

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conversations 2020-21: Celebrating Resilience
Date & time: Sat, 14 November 2020; 10:00 – 12:30.
Online Event.
Our first Conversation will be a half-day event on the morning of Saturday 14th November, under the banner ‘Celebrating Resilience’, and we have invited speakers from community groups who have pushed forward with their projects during this oh-so-challenging year, and have ambitions for the immediate future. With your help, we will be creating a memorable day of talks through hearing from you all about your involvement with community heritage in testing times.If you seek a monument, gaze around
Date & time: Thu, 26 November 2020; 18:00 – 19:00.
Online Event.
Sculptors and experts share and discuss the city’s outstanding monuments and public art. Special guests include sculptor Alexander Stoddart. Edinburgh World Heritage autumn 2020 programme. Great sculptors have lived and worked in Edinburgh for centuries, and the city has one of the finest collection of public monuments of any city. In this live event, our panel will talk about their favourite Edinburgh sculpture, and discuss whether the city’s monuments present an incomplete and outdated version of the past. Special guests include sculptor Alexander Stoddart, the Queen’s Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival Sorcha Carey and more.

Training

CPD: The Sustainable Renovation Guide with Chris Morgan

Date & time: Wednesday 11th November 2020 | 12.30-1.30pm.
Zoom Meeting
The ‘Sustainable Renovation Guide’, created by Chris Morgan in association with SEDA and The Pebble Trust, describes ten ways in which those involved in the retrofit and renovation of Scotland’s homes can improve upon current practice, achieving better energy performance while simultaneously gaining wider sustainability benefits. GCHT is delighted to collaborate with Chris to present this CPD, which will be of interest to anyone working with existing buildings, from those working in government, housing associations and councils, as well as architects, surveyors, builders and those wanting to refurbish their own homes. This CPD will include detailed information and drawings of exactly how parts of a building can be upgraded along with a commentary on practical issues to look out for, and why our guidance differs from most conventional wisdom on the subject.
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Applications are now open to the NLHF funded Business Support Programme, ‘Surviving to Thriving’, developed by Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS), Museums Galleries Scotland and greenspace scotland to support heritage organisations in Scotland to develop sustainable business models. The programme will deliver a comprehensive resilience and leadership training programme free of charge to approximately 40 heritage organisations across Scotland. Information and application form can be found here. To have a chat about the programme and application, join us at surgeries throughout November. Book a place here.

Tender opportunities are also now live for the procurement of training provision and evaluation of the Business Support Programme. Full details here.

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) and the Land Commission Scotland have published a new report ‘Delivering More Homes and Better Places’, co-produced with the Housing and Place Delivery Forum (HPDF), of which BEFS is a member. This report examines five housing developments in Scotland to extract lessons for future housing and place delivery. The report provides some clear and constructive lessons on how the way land is assembled for development can deliver more homes and better places. A summary of the report can be found here.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has published its 6-month Action Plan until March 2021. The Plan comes in response to Covid-19 in place of an Annual Operating Plan and sets out how HES will prioritise and continue to resume its core activities over the next six months.

The Climate Heritage Network (CHN), of which BEFS is a member, is running Culture x Climate, a virtual forum designed to unite leaders, practitioners, activists, researchers, and experts, all sharing how arts, culture and heritage can help drive transformative climate action in our communities. Running from 12 October through to 27 November, Culture x Climate features CHN-sponsored webinars, weekly themes and affiliated events from CHN members and allies. Find out more about upcoming events.

This year Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference has been re-imagined as a new series of Community Heritage Conversations. The first Conversation will be a half-day event on the morning of Saturday 14th November, under the banner ‘Celebrating Resilience’, and speakers will be from community groups who have pushed forward with their projects during this oh-so-challenging year. More information here and save the date!

BEFS is delighted to welcome its newest member The Ridge Foundations CIC (TRF), a construction company and social enterprise, part of the Ridge SCIO charity. Find out more about the invaluable work they do in providing high quality training in traditional skills and supporting employment in their local community in this week’s blog.

Consultations

Island Communities Impact Assessments Guidance and Toolkit
Opened 12 Oct 2020 and closes 9 Nov 2020.

Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill
Opened 12 Oct 2020 and closes 7 Dec 2020.

Talking About Heritage
Opened 22 Sep 2020 and closes 15 Dec 2020.

Emerging from lockdown survey – Museums Galleries Scotland

H2020 SHERPA project welcomes your opinions on the challenges, opportunities and vision for rural areas of Scotland to 2040. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): supporting people and communities – call for ideas
Closes 23 October 2020.

External wall systems – advice note: background, consultation questions and response form
This targeted consultation will be completed on 25 October 2020.

Proposed Changes to Pre-Application Consultation Requirements in Planning
Closes 6 Nov 2020.

Programme for Reviewing and Extending Permitted Development Rights (PDR) in Scotland – Consultation on Phase 1 Proposals
Closes 12 Nov 2020.

Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan – 2021-22 to 2025-26
Closes 19 Nov 2020.

Consultation Responses

DASH SURVEY RESULTS 2020 – Describing the digital attitudes, skills and organisational support of people working across the UK heritage sector

Publications

HES Action Plan 2020-21 – Mid Year Update (HES 20/10/20)

Heritage Now – How Heritage Can Support National Recovery (THA 10/20)

Backing the Bedrock 2020 – Five Heritage Fiscal & Funding Priorities 2020 (THA 10/20)

HES publishes its annual reports for 2019-20 (HES 15/10/20)

COVID-19 & BEYOND: Challenges and Opportunities for Cultural Heritage (EN 15/10/20)

Learning from lockdown – 12 steps to eliminate digital exclusion (CUKT 15/10/20)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for retail, tourism and hospitality customers (SG 09/10/20)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector guidance (SG 08/10/20)

Delivering More Homes and Better Places: Lessons from Policy and Practice in Scotland (CaCHE 08/10/20)

The Scottish Government’s Programme for Reviewing and Extending Permitted Development Rights (PDR) in Scotland – Consultation on Phase 1 Proposals – An Overview (SG 10/20)

Go Big. Go Local. The UK2070 Report on a New Deal for Levelling up the United Kingdom (UK2070 Commission 10/20)

Pride in place – The RSA Heritage Index 2020 (RSA 10/20)

The House of Good – The economic and social value of church buildings to the UK (NCT 10/20)

Scottish Government News Releases

New grant for local projects (SG 18/10/20)
A new £1 million ‘Scotland Loves Local’ fund will provide grants of between £500 and £5,000 to hundreds of projects to promote town centre and online businesses.

Scotland’s Green Recovery (SG 09/10/20)
Fast-tracked funding to help local communities drive their green recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been announced.

News Releases

Planning for the future (HES 21/10/20) 
We believe that Scotland’s past can lead the way to a green recovery and an energy efficient future – after all, the greenest building is the one that already exists.

£1m Scotland Loves Local Fund Open for Applications (STP 20/10/20)
A new £1 million ‘Scotland Loves Local’ fund will provide grants of between £500 and £5,000 to hundreds of projects to promote town centre and online businesses.

HES has published its 6-month Action Plan until March 2021 (HES 20/10/20)
The Plan comes on the back of HES’ first 6-month Action Plan, which was produced in April in response to Covid-19 in place of an Annual Operating Plan and sets out how we will prioritise and continue to resume our core activities over the next six months.

HES publishes its annual reports for 2019-20 (HES 15/10/20)
HES reflects on the past year with the publication of its Annual Report and Financial Statements 2019-20 and Properties in Care Report.

RSA Heritage Index reveals the UK’s heritage hotspots (NLHF 14/10/20)
The 2020 report highlights the UK’s best areas for heritage and puts forward the case for heritage as a means of recovery in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Free holidays in historic buildings for charities (TLT 10/20)
This programme offers fifty midweek (four nights) and weekend (three nights) breaks in March, at selected Landmarks across England, Wales, Scotland and even a trip by helicopter to the island of Lundy.

Help for heritage organisations to build better businesses (NLHF 10/20)
Apply now to take part in workshops and training to boost skills and confidence and improve your organisation’s leadership and management.

Past Protectors are Prize Winners! (PAS 09/10/20)
Participants in a PAS project have won first prize in a national archaeology competition, after showing off their presenting and filming skills in the Council for British Archaeology run Festival of Archaeology.

My Place Awards 2020 Winners Announced (SCT 08/10/20)
The winning, highly commended and commended projects for the My Place Awards 2020 were announced on 8th October. The My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their localities and are supported by the Scottish Government.

Free Membership Form of Europa Nostra (18-30 years old) (EN 10/20)
Are you aged between 18 and 30 years old? You can apply for free membership. Would you like to be part of the largest heritage network in Europe? Do you think you can contribute to our mission through your experiences, creativity and skills?

The Kickstart Scheme – Expressions of Interest (MGS 10/20)
The UK government has introduced the new Kickstart Scheme, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality work placements. To enable MGS to apply for the Scheme, we must ensure there is sufficient demand from the museums and galleries sector.

Parliamentary Questions

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

Question S5W-32595: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15/10/2020
To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the Scottish Land Commission Report on regional land use partnerships.

Question S5W-32616: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/10/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for an awareness campaign on the implementation of changes to the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 to ensure that homeowners, landlords, and those responsible for complying with the new regulations are aware of their responsibilities before 1 February 2021.

Parliamentary Questions & Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

Question S5W-31673: Maurice Golden, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 08/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-31438 by Fiona Hyslop on 3 September 2020, how many awards from the culture and heritage support package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been allocated in each local authority area toward each of the 13 purposes set out in the response, also broken down by the (a) largest, (b) smallest and (c) average size of award.
Answered by Fiona Hyslop (22/09/2020)

Question S5W-31693: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the recent announcement that the culture and heritage sectors are to receive a £59 million funding package to protect jobs and help the industry weather the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, when access to this funding package will be available; how this is being communicated to local cultural organisations; whether individuals can apply to the fund; how the fund will be disbursed; who will consider the bids, and how it will ensure the equanimity of awards so that all cultural communities will benefit.
Answered by Fiona Hyslop (18/09/2020)

Question S5W-31751: Colin Smyth, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government how the £275 million regeneration fund announced in the Programme for Government will be allocated; when this funding will become available, and over how many years it will be spent.
Answered by Aileen Campbell (25/09/2020)

Question S5W-31745: Colin Smyth, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government whether it still aims to have zero or ultra-low emission city centres by 2030.
Answered by Michael Matheson (24/09/2020)

Question S5W-31815: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 15/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the comment by the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning on 8 January 2020 that “we will review the tax treatment of short-term lets to ensure that they make an appropriate contribution to the communities that they operate in” (Official Report, c.37), what progress has been made with this review, and when the results will be published.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (29/09/2020)

Question S5W-31843: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 16/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the Member’s letter of 4 August and its reply of 3 September 2020, whether it will provide an answer to the request for it to commission independent research into the social and environmental impact of tourism.
Answered by Fergus Ewing (30/09/2020)

Question S5W-31866: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 17/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what lessons it can learn from the roll-out of Spaces for People regarding the need for effective and accessible community consultation, which can be applied to other initiatives.
Answered by Michael Matheson (29/09/2020)

Question S5W-31963: Edward Mountain, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government when the Scottish Tourism Recovery Task Force will publish its report on the recovery of the industry.
Answered by Fergus Ewing (06/10/2020)

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

Heritage and the Urban Environment: Whose Heritage is it Anyway  
Date & time: Thursday 29th October 2020, 15:00- 16:30.
Venue: live online Zoom seminar.
Historic Environment Scotland is the lead public body for the historic environment in Scotland – what does that mean in practice? What does HES do and how does that reflect how a 21st century population views heritage. HES has been undertaking ground-breaking research both in Scotland and internationally and opening up the conversation about heritage to different audiences. There has been controversy in the press around contested heritage through the Black Lives Matter campaigns; how does this fit with HES role and what does it mean for how we tell Scotland’s story in future? Who gets a say in what gets recognised in Scotland? HES has also been at the forefront of climate research and its impact on the historic environment, what will this mean for sites and monuments around Scotland in the future and how might that affect all of us?

A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again
Date & time: 29 October 2020; 18:00 – 19:00.
Online event.
“A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again” – Alexander McCall Smith
Painters, past and present, have depicted Edinburgh in countless different ways as both a backdrop and as the subject of great art. In this live event, our panel will talk about some of their favourite Edinburgh paintings, and discuss why the city has been such a potent muse for artists of all ages. Special guests include Scottish watercolourist Hugh Buchanan, RSA New Contemporaries 2020 exhibited young artist Lyndsey Mackenzie and Chief Curator of European and Scottish Art & Portraiture, National Gallery of Scotland, Patricia Allerston.

Architecture Fringe 2021 | October Open Meet-Up
Date & time: 29 October 2020; 19:00 – 20:30.
Online.
We’re off and running for the Architecture Fringe 2021! Join us for our first monthly open meet-up for an evening of good ideas, good chat and good people. Got a project idea or need some help? Our monthly meet-ups are for participants to share ideas, get feedback and get some help for self-directed work being put towards the Architecture Fringe 2021 Open Programme. We’ll be online via Zoom* on Thursday 29th October 2020, 7pm-8:30pm with a warm and facilitated evening of inspiration, information and support. Each meet-up will kick off with a short provocation on a different topic in context to next year’s theme of (Un)Learning. For October, we’re delighted to be joined by award-winning architect, academic, author and recent RIBA Presidential candidate Sumita Singha.

Loudoun Castle and Landscape Design in Scotland c.1700
Date & time: 2 Nov 2020, 18:30.
Online event.
Join Margaret Stewart for a presentation and screening of a film about landscape design in Scotland. Architectural historian Margaret Stewart introduces a short film entitled Loudoun, a documentary about landscape design in Scotland around 1700, and follows the screening with a talk on the making of the film. This is our annual joint lecture with Scotland’s Garden and Landscape Heritage. Our online Winter Lectures are hosted on Zoom. We recommend downloading Zoom before the start of a talk. Instructions on how to join a lecture will be sent by email on the day of the event.

Training

CPD: The Circular Economy with Katie Carter and Roger Curtis, HES
Date & time: Tuesday 27th October 2020 | 12.30-1.30pm.
GCHT Zoom Meeting.
The philosophy of the circular economy is to work towards zero waste operations, in which we maintain, repair, upgrade, repurpose, reuse and recycle everything we use in a continual loop. At a time when climate change and sustainability are at the top of the agenda for all of us, the studies into the circular economy are crucial to forging sustainable and responsible working solutions in the building conversation and construction sector. GCHT are therefore delighted to present this exclusive CPD lecture by two leading experts, Katie Carter and Roger Curtis from HES; Katie will provide an overview of the circular economy, followed by a look into some case studies with Roger.

RIAS Conservation Challenges 2020 – Autumn Seminar
Date & time: Tue, 27 October 2020; 13:00 – 16:30.
Online Event.
Join RIAS online for the Autumn Conservation CPD seminar chaired by Jocelyn Cunliffe, Convenor of the RIAS Conservation Committee. Presentations will include conservation theory, principles and challenges; stories of tenement improvements and deterioration; traditional window repairs; VAT rules and existing buildings; and conservation and the circular economy.

CPD: The Sustainable Renovation Guide with Chris Morgan
Date & time: 11th November 2020 | 12.30-1.30pm.
GCHT Zoom Meeting.
The ‘Sustainable Renovation Guide’, created by Chris Morgan in association with SEDA and The Pebble Trust, describes ten ways in which those involved in the retrofit and renovation of Scotland’s homes can improve upon current practice, achieving better energy performance while simultaneously gaining wider sustainability benefits. GCHT is delighted to collaborate with Chris to present this CPD, based upon the ‘Sustainable Renovation Guide,’ which will be of interest to anyone working with existing buildings, from those working in government, housing associations and councils, as well as architects, surveyors, builders and those wanting to refurbish their own homes.

Vacancies

Tender Opportunities: Training Provision & Evaluation
Tender opportunities are now live for the procurement of training provision and evaluation for our new NLHF-funded Business Support Programme – ‘Surviving to Thriving: Supporting Sustainable Scottish Heritage Businesses’ with Museums Galleries Scotland, Built Environment Forum Scotland and GREENSPACE SCOTLAND.
Deadline for tenders 30 Oct 2020.

Chief Executive at Scotland’s Regeneration Forum (SURF)
SURF is seeking an outstanding leader to build on our success and actively promote better understanding and practical cooperation between all regeneration partners, sectors and perspectives. You will have the opportunity to bring fresh thinking, creativity and ultimately make a difference for communities across Scotland.
Shortlist meeting (Livingston James and SURF): w/c 30th November.

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BEFS News

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has launched a new £2.6 million fund to support the recovery of Scotland’s historic environment sector from the impacts of COVID-19, with applications opening on Monday 12 October. The Historic Environment Recovery Fund has two funding streams available which organisations can apply to for grants from £10,000 – £100,000.

The Scottish Government has published its £24bn draft Infrastructure Investment Plan for Scotland 2021 22 to 2025 26. The plan sets out a vision for future infrastructure to support Scotland’s resilience and enable an inclusive, net-zero emissions society. The plan focuses on adopting and building on the recommendations of the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland’s phase 1 report and includes more than £8bn for environmental sustainability and the transition to net-zero emissions, including £250m for forestry and peatlands; almost £5bn to boost inclusive economic growth, including £30m for the National Islands Plan; and more than £11bn for cities, towns, villages and rural areas, including £275m for town centres and nearly £2bn on health infrastructure and equipment. BEFS Director, Euan Leitch, explores how the draft Infrastructure Investment Plan impacts on Scotland’s built heritage here.

The Vacant & Derelict Land Taskforce has made a series of recommendations to the Scottish Government which aim to prevent land falling into long-term disrepair. Recommendations include the introduction of legislation for compulsory sales orders, a review of existing land assembly mechanisms and reform of the current approach to public sector land disposals to lower barriers to land reuse.

Architecture and Design Scotland launched the report Designing for a Changing Climate: Creating Carbon Conscious Places this week. It sets out proposals on how the planning and design of our towns, cities and landscapes can help combat the climate emergency. Heather Claridge, Principle Design Officer, Architecture and Design Scotland, introduces the research and outlines the key findings here.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is looking for your views on Talking About Heritage. Talking About Heritage is guidance HES are producing to help to investigate, to share and celebrate, and to achieve recognition for the heritage that matters to you. It is intended to be used as a tool by anyone with an interest in exploring and talking about the heritage that is important to them. You might use it if you are creating a Local Place Plan or researching places that are important to you.

In the Autumn 2020 AHSS Magazine, BEFS Director Euan Leitch explores the links between historic attitudes to slavery and contemporary action on climate crisis in an article called Climate Culpability.

Consultations

Talking About Heritage
Opened 22 Sep 2020 and closes 15 Dec 2020.

Emerging from lockdown survey – Museums Galleries Scotland

H2020 SHERPA project welcomes your opinions on the challenges, opportunities and vision for rural areas of Scotland to 2040

Coronavirus (COVID-19): supporting people and communities – call for ideas
Responses should be submitted no later than 23 October 2020.

Programme for Reviewing and Extending Permitted Development Rights (PDR) in Scotland – Consultation on Phase 1 Proposals
Opened 1 Oct 2020 and closes 12 Nov 2020.

Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan – 2021-22 to 2025-26
Opened 24 Sep 2020 and closes 19 Nov 2020.

Scottish Planning Policy and Housing: Technical Consultation on Proposed Policy Amendments
Closes 9 Oct 2020.

Short Term Lets: Consultation on a licensing scheme and planning control areas in Scotland
Closes 16 Oct 2020. 

A consultation on the future of the Land Court and the Lands Tribunal
Closes 19 Oct 2020.

External wall systems – advice note: background, consultation questions and response form
This targeted consultation will be completed on 25 October 2020.

Planning for the future (England)
Closes 29 October 2020.

Proposed Changes to Pre-Application Consultation Requirements in Planning
Closes 6 Nov 2020.

Publications

Building standards verification service: workforce strategy (SG 01/10/20)

Transforming Scotland’s Approach to Vacant and Derelict Land – Recommendations from the Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce (SLC 01/10/20)

Strategic Plan for 2020-23 (SLC 29/09/20)

Help to Buy (Scotland) monitoring: characteristics of households report: 2019-2020 (SG 29/09/20)

A New Economic Case for Social Housing (Shelter Scotland 29/09/20)

Heritage, Health and Wellbeing (THA 28/09/20)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector guidance (SG 25/09/20)

Further evidence on the impact of Covid-19 on Scotland’s heritage sector (NLHF 24/09/20)

Green Recovery: Low Carbon Energy Project Capital Funding: form and guidance (SG 24/09/20)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 3: guidance for the safe use of places of worship (SG 18/09/20)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on communities and priorities for recovery – research (SG 17/09/20)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on wellbeing – research (SG 17/09/20)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the performing arts and venues sector (SG 17/09/20)

Engaging with our communities to support recovery and renewal (NSfCE 09/20)

Creating Communities: places beyond the pandemic – How can place-based policy and regeneration enhance communities and prosperity? (Create Streets 09/20)

Position Statement on Landscape and Resilience to Environmental Challenges (SLA 09/20)

Position Statement on Landscape and Health and Wellbeing (SLA 09/20)

Position Statement on Landscape, Land Use and Economy (SLA 09/20)

Landscape and Place for Success – Call for Action (SLA 09/20)

Scottish Government News Releases

Construction Recovery (SG 06/10/20)
The Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) has published a plan for the sector’s recovery from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

11% rise in number of new build homes completed in 2019 (SG 29/09/20)
In the year to end December 2019, 22,386 new build homes were completed across all sectors. This was a 2,291 (11%) increase on the previous year and the highest number of homes built since 2007.

Delivering housing (SG 29/09/20)
The annual number of affordable homes approved and started has increased, despite the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

Rebuilding a fairer Scotland after COVID-19 (SG 28/09/20)
Organisations and community groups are being asked to share ideas and evidence based on their experiences of responding to the pandemic, and their engagement with people with lived experience of poverty and inequality.

Recovery and renewal on the Clyde (SG 27/06/20)
The mission to make the area around the River Clyde an engine of sustainable and inclusive growth and kick-start its economic recovery has been bolstered by the launch of a new fund.

Protecting Scotland’s marine environment (SG 25/09/20)
Europe’s largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) has been announced by Natural Environment Minister Mairi Gougeon.

£24bn infrastructure plan will boost jobs (SG 24/10/20)
Tens of thousands of jobs will be supported by the Scottish Government’s new £24 billion Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP).

Driving international climate action (SG 24/09/20)
Scotland has been formally confirmed as European Co-Chair of the Under2 Coalition, a network of more than 200 governments set up to drive climate action across the world.

Helping communities through the pandemic (SG 24/09/20)
The Scottish Government has now committed more than £350 million to support communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

News Releases

COVID-19 Museum Development Fund opens today (MGS 08/10/20)
We are pleased to announce that our COVID-19 Museum Development Fund opens today for organisations that manage Accredited museums and are not eligible for the Recovery and Resilience Fund.

HES launches £2.6 million recovery fund for Scotland’s historic environment sector (HES 06/10/20)
The Historic Environment Recovery Fund will support organisations and safeguard jobs following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scottish Government Emergency Funds Update (NL 01/10/20)
With so many announcements of late, we want to provide you with a status update on the Scottish Government’s emergency funds for creativity and culture being delivered through Creative Scotland, to keep you informed through these times.

Re-use derelict land to support economic growth and wellbeing, says Taskforce (SLC 01/10/20)
Derelict land is a wasted resource that should help to deliver national ambitions for a fair and green recovery, a national taskforce said today.

Historic Environment Scotland celebrates its 5th Birthday (HES 01/10/20)
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is marking a special milestone today (Thursday 1 October) as the organisation turns five years old.

RIAS Showcase 2020 (RIAS 10/20)
The RIAS Awards 2020 showcase is now live! This celebrates the eighteen shortlisted projects for the 2020 RIAS Awards.

IHBC’s CPD Circular (IHBC 29/10/20)
Sign up for a digest of webinars, lectures, conferences, training, and other events focused on the historic built environment, taken from IHBC Branches, Recognised CPD Providers, and our wider network. Anyone can sign up to the free monthly CPD Circular, or browse our Events Calendar.

2020 SURF Awards Shortlist Revealed (SURF 25/09/20)
In what has been an unprecedented year for everyone SURF is pleased to announce the 2020 shortlist for our prestigious national awards scheme, which showcases success in responding to regeneration challenges in communities across Scotland.

Scotland’s Landscape Alliance Launches Landscape And Place For Success (SLA 09/20)
Scotland’s Landscape Alliance Launches Call for Action – Landscape and Place for Success and the Working Groups established at the SLA launch have developed 3 detailed Position Statements.

Scottish Lime Centre Trust’s Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme (SLC 09/20)
We wouldn’t want you to miss out if the cost of our courses is an issue! That’s why we are always trying to find ways of helping you cover the cost of attending our courses.

Community Building Grants (TRT 09/20)
Capital funding for a building to support the work of charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million.

Parliamentary Questions

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

Question S5W-32140: Oliver Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government for what reason its short-term let consultation document makes no reference to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector.

Question S5W-32142: Oliver Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has considered piloting its proposed short-term let regulations before implementation.

Question S5W-32143: Oliver Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its Programme for Government advising that plans for the Transient Visitor Levy have been put on hold due to COVID-19, and that “future consideration of the levy will take account of the changed context the industry is operating in”, for what reason a similar approach was not extended to its proposals on short-term let regulation.

Question S5W-31963: Edward Mountain, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government when the Scottish Tourism Recovery Task Force will publish its report on the recovery of the industry.

Question S5W-31866: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 17/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what lessons it can learn from the roll-out of Spaces for People regarding the need for effective and accessible community consultation, which can be applied to other initiatives.

Parliamentary Questions & Answers

Questions marked with a triangle (?) are initiated by the Government in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

Question S5W-31595: Jackson Carlaw, Eastwood, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in determining how best to involve religious groups in formulating the Places of Worship fund, and to help with the development of it.
Answered by Humza Yousaf (16/09/2020)

Question S5W-31594: Jackson Carlaw, Eastwood, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government whether its Places of Worship fund will still have a value of £500,000.
Answered by Humza Yousaf (16/09/2020)

Question S5W-31593: Jackson Carlaw, Eastwood, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what recent work has taken place on establishing a Places of Worship fund, and whether this will be available at some point in 2020, as was planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Answered by Humza Yousaf (16/09/2020)

Question S5W-31610: Colin Smyth, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government when it expects all Spaces for People schemes to be completed.
Answered by Michael Matheson (22/09/2020)

Question S5W-31609: Colin Smyth, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what measures it has taken against councils and other public bodies that have delayed the implementation of Spaces for People schemes.
Answered by Michael Matheson (22/09/2020)

Question S5W-31608: Colin Smyth, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government which (a) local authorities and (b) other public bodies have not yet completed the implementation of Spaces for People schemes.
Answered by Michael Matheson (22/09/2020)

Question S5W-31607: Colin Smyth, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/09/2020
To ask the Scottish Government what guidance has been given to local authorities for monitoring Spaces for People schemes and the criteria for assessing whether measures can be made permanent.
Answered by Michael Matheson (22/09/2020)

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.

COVID19 – A Tax Update for the Culture Sector
Date & time: Tuesday, 13 October 2020; 12:30 to 13:30.
Online
Fees: Free for Arts & Business Scotland members and £20 + VAT for non-members.
This hour-long Business Briefing will bring you up-to-date with the fast-moving changes to tax in this pandemic world, as well as to possible savings and opportunities available for your business. Scott Craig and Kirsty Murray from Azets (formerly Scott Moncrieff) will be sharing some vital updates on changes to tax that have taken place over the last few months, and a summary of the current tax issues that cultural organisations must be aware of.

Legacy Giving. Now is the Time – If You Do It Right. Learn How To!
Date & time: Wednesday, 21 October 2020; 11:00 – 15:00.
Online
Fees: £60 + VAT for Arts & Business Scotland members and £80 + VAT for non-members.
As the virus continues this is the most crucial moment in recent times to give every stakeholder the option of giving a gift in their Will. This course is focused on how to integrate legacies into your current fundraising at little or no cost at a time when more people are making Wills than we have witnessed in decades.

Local and Community Resilience 2020 Creating Self-Sufficient, Crisis-Proof Communities
Date & time: 27th October 2020; 10 – 12:30.
Webinar
The current situation with the covid pandemic and it’s social, economic and environmental impacts has brought to the fore the importance of communities and the impact of the ability to deliver services, employment, health care, wellbeing, economic services and more at a local level while dealing with the issues that previous economic, infrastructure and social structures left us vulnerable to.

What Value Culture?
Dates: 2-13 November 2020.
How do people define culture and its value to them, and how does that impact on our society; the way we learn, play, grow, live and interact? In this uncertain climate, does our engagement with arts, heritage, culture and screen have more value than ever before? These are just some of the questions we will be posing this November, as we launch the Centre for Cultural Value’s free online festival of ideas from 2–13 November.

Heritage Trust Network Conference 2020 – Grassroots Heritage: Empowering recovery
Dates: Friday 20th November, with lead up events on the 17th, 18th and 19th.
Online
Join HTN members and friends from across the UK, to find out how to drive your heritage project through recovery. Our expert speakers will offer guidance, knowledge and inspiration on a range of topics aimed to help you adapt and succeed in the most difficult of times. We will have sessions on fundraising, environmental sustainability, strategy and innovation, along with workshops from our key partners. Any queries, please contact admin@heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk.

Training

Test and Protect: What Data Protection Lessons Can We Learn From COVID-19
Date & time: Wednesday, 4 November 2020; 13:00 – 16:00.
Online.
Fees: £50 + VAT for Arts & Business Scotland members and £70 + VAT for non-members.
Test and Protect is the name of the scheme that the Scottish Government is using to try to ensure that anyone who has been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19, can be traced and provided with information about isolating and getting tested. Certain organisations are required to collect this information and some are choosing to follow the guidance which recommends collecting this information. Both provide data protection challenges and Laura Irvine, a lawyer and data protection specialist, will work through the issues thrown up by Test and Protect to demonstrate best practice in relation to all forms of personal data processing.

Telling It Like It Is – Effective Copywriting
Date & time: Wednesday, 10 November 2020; 10:00 – 12:30.
Online
Fees: £50 + VAT for Arts & Business Scotland members and £70 + VAT for non-members.
This training session is aimed at anyone looking to improve their copywriting skills to support their fund-raising activities. Offering a combination of project-based, hands-on writing exercises with tips, techniques and critical theory, the session explores the five stages of the copywriting process. While the training provides a specific focus on writing a case for support, the resulting learning can be applied to all kinds of fundraising communications.

Planning Law for Heritage and the Arts – A Survival Guide
Date & time: Thursday, 12 November 2020; 13:00 – 15:30.
Online
Fees: £50 + VAT for Arts & Business Scotland members and £70 + VAT for non-members.
Operations and development managers in the Arts and Heritage sector work within increasingly complex regulations, including the planning regime. Planning law governs how land and buildings are used and can be crucial to delivering cultural objectives and securing funding. Planning is also undergoing significant reform, with emergency Covid-19 measures in place while wider reform continues apace. This session aims to identify potential planning pitfalls and how to deal with them. It will give you an understanding of the key concepts underpinning the Scottish planning system. This training and knowledge sharing event will illustrate how an Arts and Heritage development is regulated in practice and review the consequences of breaching planning controls. Topical issues and upcoming reforms will also be covered, alongside questions and comments from delegates throughout the session.

Vacancies

Policy & Practice Officer
Do you want to help the profession influence the National Planning Framework 4 and the implementation of the Planning Act? RTPI Scotland are looking to appoint a full time Policy and Practice Officer.
Closing date: 9am on Monday 12th October 2020.

Grants Officer
Historic Environment Scotland is seeking a Grants Officer. This is a temporary post to provide backfill while existing staff members help to deliver the refresh of our grants programme. The successful applicant will support grants management staff with the administration of live and complete projects and liaise with internal and external contacts to contribute to the smooth running of grants programmes.
Closing Date: 14 October 2020 at midnight.

Project Manager
Museums Galleries Scotland are looking for a Project Manager to lead on the effective delivery of Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums: Addressing Our Colonial Legacy. This project will explore how Scotland’s existing and future museum collections can better recognise and represent a more accurate portrayal of Scotland’s historic involvement in colonialism and the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved African people.
Closing date: Monday 26th October at 9am.

Trustees
An opportunity has arisen for three Trustees to join the Glasgow City Heritage Trust’s Board. The roles are unremunerated and will require a commitment to attend quarterly Board meetings and additional sub-committee(s). Applications are sought from enthusiastic and innovative individuals with business expertise at a senior level and a passion for Glasgow’s historic environment.
Closing date is Friday, 30th October 2020.

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