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BEFS News

BEFS is delight to welcome our new Policy & Strategy Manager, Hazel Johnson, into post. Hazel has previously worked for Historic Environment Scotland and has extensive experience in both the arts and heritage. Find out more about her professional background here

As a new member joins BEFS team, an old one departs. After 5 years as BEFS Communications Manager, Saskia Smellie is off to pursue her research interests full time. Therefore, we are now seeking a new Communications & Membership Advocate. Find out details and how to apply here.

In the last few weeks BEFS has attended events that speak to the bigger actions (climate) and that consider the bigger picture (indicative Regional Spatial Strategies) for our places. The Climate Vulnerability Index, designed by specialists at James Cook University, now working with Edinburgh World Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, has meant that this innovative process is being run in an urban setting for the first time. These intense workshops look at both the outstanding values of the Old & New Town World Heritage Site and consider what effects climate change may have within that context. We look forward to sharing more thoughts once the series of events is complete. 

BEFS was also delighted to take part in the Place element of a series of Scottish Government run events on indicative Regional Spatial Strategies (iRSS) in relation to NPF4, facilitated by Kevin Murray Associates. These well attended round-tables involved rapid prototyping of specific issues related to pre-determined geographic areas (different spatial iterations being formed for events relating to Place, People, Carbon and Work); which will then inform both each other, and be considered alongside the iRSS previously submitted for consideration.

RTPI Scotland are working with Digital Planning and Ekos to examine the operating environment to embed digital planning in Scotland. They are asking people working in or with the Scottish planning system to fill out a short online survey.

Opening this June, Scotland’s only independent architecture festival the Architecture Fringe invites you to explore, interrogate and (un)learn about the world of architecture, as it could be. Returning in a new biennial hybrid format across in-person and digital platforms, the festival responds to the thematic provocation of (Un)Learning, bringing together a vibrant and diverse range of practitioners and activists from across the world. Find out more here.

Want the latest updates from world-class Scottish archaeological research? Visit the Archaeological Research in Progress (ARP) YouTube channel to discover brochs, Romans, prehistoric rock art and more. The APR is a conference presenting new research findings and best practice in archaeology covering all periods from across Scotland and beyond. It is organised in alternate years by Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

In 2016 BEFS supported research carried out by Volunteer Scotland on volunteering in Scotland’s historic environment sector. Key findings indicate that 17,100 people gave their time for free during 2015 and that 46% of organisations surveyed would not exist were it not for volunteers. It is estimated that this figure would now be higher. So, this #VolunteersWeekScot we celebrate and thank the fantastic and dedicated volunteers that work tirelessly to protect, maintain and sustain Scotland’s built and #historicenvironment for all of us to enjoy!

Consultations

The Role of LABSS within the Building Standards System

RTPI Digital Skills Online Survey

Local Place Plan Regulations consultation
Closes 25 June 2021.

Petition: To create a tax incentive to favour retrofit instead of demolition and new build
Closes 8 August 2021.

Publications

Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme: Progress Report 2021 (SG 27/05/21)

AHF 2020/21 Impact Report (AHF 26/05/21)

National Outcomes: planning and architecture contribution (SG 26/05/21)

Land measurement for planning and development purposes, global guidance note, 1st edition (RICS 25/05/21)

Building Standards Self-assessment Tool for Verifiers April 2021 (SG 24/05/21)

Building Standards (Fire Safety) Review Panel 2021 (SG 05/18/21)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Impact on Scottish Household Survey and Scottish House Condition Survey fieldwork in 2020 and 2021 (SG 18/05/21)

Scottish Government News Releases

Climate campaign launches (SG 02/06/21)
A major TV, radio and digital campaign to encourage people across Scotland to come together to tackle the climate emergency has been launched ahead of COP26 in Glasgow later this year.Promoting tourism (SG 28/05/21)
Tourism organisations will be able to apply for funding to promote key visitor destinations in a responsible and sustainable way, helping the sector to recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Engagement on Local Place Plans proposals (SG 26/05/21)
Just before the recent Scottish Parliament election we published proposals for regulations to support the development of Local Place Plans. Accompanying the consultation paper, we published a draft ‘How to’ Guide and asked people to send us comments. You can find out more at www.transformingplanning.scot.

The Role of LABSS within the Building Standards System – Customer Survey (SG 25/05/21)
Optimal Economics is undertaking a research project for the Building Standards Division (BSD) of the Scottish Government to identify and quantify the role and contribution Local Authority Buildings Standards Scotland (LABSS) makes to the delivery of the building standards system in Scotland.

News Releases

Participate in Doors Open Days 2021 – Applications close 18 June (SCT 02/06/21/)
Is your organisation making reopening plans & excited about welcoming back visitors in the coming months? Participate in Doors Open Days in September to be part of a Scotland-wide festival that celebrates places, architecture and culture! Doors Open Days 2021 will be both in-person and online, so get in touch to find out more.Scotland’s historic environment can lead the way to net-zero (HM 31/05/21)
As the world’s attention turns to Scotland while it prepares to take centre stage for the international climate change summit of COP26 in November, at Historic Environment Scotland (HES) we want to seize this opportunity to demonstrate that the historic environment will be fundamental to achieving net-zero.

Reflecting on Black Lives Matter one year on (HES 25/05/21)
A year ago today, the murder of George Floyd in the US sparked a wave of protest under the banner of Black Lives Matter that would ripple across the globe. Here in Scotland, the movement brought into sharp focus the issues of racism and representation within our history and heritage that were crucial for us to confront.

Europe’s Top Heritage Honour 24 Exemplary Achievements from 18 Countries (EN 25/05/21)
The European Commission and Europa Nostra have just announced the 2021 winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, the EU prize for cultural heritage funded by the Creative Europe programme.

Save Egyptian Halls (SCT 05/21)
Scottish Civic Trust is spearheading a new attempt to save Glasgow’s A-listed Egyptian Halls. The building was recently listed as one of Europe’s most endangered historic buildings by Europa Nostra, a pan-European heritage organisation. The Civic Trust is setting up a charitable body composed of developers, architects and conservation experts to investigate buying and refurbishing the building.

Helping to protect the things we love about Scotland (NTS 05/21)
By joining our new SCOTTISH HERITAGE LOTTERY you’ll not only have the opportunity to win great prizes but you’ll also be helping us to care for the things we all love about Scotland. It costs JUST £1 PER ENTRY – and each week your entry will go towards ensuring that our history always has a home and that our countryside remains unspoilt.

Rebuilding Heritage (RH 05/21)
The Rebuilding Heritage programme is providing free 121 and group support for organisations and individuals in the heritage sector. Round 5 (to receive support Jul-Aug) is now open for applications. Deadline: 11pm, Tuesday 1 June 2021.

More high streets set for funding boost as reopening accelerates (MHCLG 19/05/21)
Further 57 English high streets to receive a share of over £830 million to improve transport links, build new homes and transform underused spaces.

My Place Awards 2021 – Entries close 29 August (SCT 05/21)
The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality. The 2021 Awards have two categories: the general Award honours recently completed projects (2018-2020); and the Sustainability Award honours projects completed between 2001 and 2011 that demonstrate continued fitness for purpose, as well as having a robust approach to climate readiness.

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 S6W-00113: Annie Wells, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20/05/2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to support homeowners who are facing difficulties in selling their properties due to building cladding.

Events

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

East of Scotland Cities Update
Date & time: 03 June 2021 at 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Online: GoToWebinar
An introduction to Dundee’s City Centre Strategic Investment Plan will be provided by David Gray, Senior Manager in Planning, Dundee City Council. Serge Merone, Enterprise and Investment Manager at Perth and Kinross Council will also present on the Perth Smart Energy City Programme. This will be an interesting update with an opportunity for Q&A on some of the exciting work being undertaken in the cities of East of Scotland.The Big Volunteers Week Quiz
Date & time: 5 June, 12pm – 1.30pm
Online: Zoom
Short description: Does your heritage organisation involve volunteers? Celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2021 by rewarding your volunteers with a free virtual pub quiz. At this event, you can meet other heritage volunteer organisers and heritage volunteers and compete for prizes and bragging rights. This event is delivered by Make Your Mark, a new campaign to increase the number and diversity of heritage volunteers in Scotland, and the Eden Project Communities Big Lunch.

RTPI Scotland Member Drop-in: Local Place Plans
Date & time: 07 June 2021 at 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Online: GoToMeeting
Scottish government is consulting on secondary legislation for Local Place Plans. In introducing the paper Scottish Government say that “Local Place Plans offer the opportunity for a community led, but collaborative, approach to creating great local places. LPPs can support community aspirations on the challenges for a future Scotland such as global climate emergency and tackling inequalities. It is vital that local people have the opportunity to engage meaningfully and have a positive influence in the future planning of development in their areas”. RTPI Scotland has a member drop in to bring together planners from across sectors to explore how this can be done. The session will be chaired by RTPI Scotland Convenor Barbara Cummins who will introduce contributors from different organisations.

Addressing Inequality in Heritage
Date & time: Tuesday 8th June, 10am-12pm
Online.
Heritage Trust Network in partnership with the Make Your Mark campaign, will explore ways that our projects and organisations can promote equality and connect with new audiences. We are delighted to be joined by Lisa Williams from the Edinburgh Caribbean Association and Cat Telford from the National Trust for Scotland, who will share their experience and guidance for grassroots heritage organisations. The speakers will look at how we can all strive for best practise and make holistic changes for the better.

Business Briefing –  General Tax Update for the Culture Sector
Date & time: Wednesday, 9 June 2021 | 12:00 to 13:00.
Online: via Zoom
In this webinar, Kirsty Murray and Scott Craig from Azets will explain the tax issues and opportunities associated with new activities and highlight tax changes that will affect cultural organisations. They will cover – digital activities and online supplies, international activities, trading and subsidiaries to fundraising, partnerships, capital works and VAT savings.

Granton Waterfront – Collaboration, engagement & climate resilience – presented by AECOM and Collective Architecture
Date & time: 10 June 2021 at 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Online: GoToWebinar
The City of Edinburgh Council has outlined proposals to transform one of Scotland’s largest brownfield sites, Granton Waterfront, into a new coastal town with around 3,500 homes.  At this event, members of the design team will present the Vision, Principles and Strategic Development Framework for Granton Waterfront. They will cover how they collaborated and developed the Framework outlining the engagement process and addressing climate resilience in the design.

June Lecture “The Public and Private Worlds of Sir Walter Scott”
Date & time: June 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Online: Lecture via Zoom
This event will be focusing on the lesser-known aspects of Sir Walter Scott – his life, career and interests, hosted by both the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Chaired by Professor Gerry Carruthers FRSE, this talk will be carried out by two speakers from the societies, Dr Iain Gordon Brown FSA FRSE FSAScot and Kirsty Archer-Thompson FSAScot, who will be discussing: “Sir Walter Scott and the Scottish Antiquarian Tradition: Mr Oldbuck in Context” by Dr Iain Gordon Brown FSA FRSE FSAScot; and “Chewing the Cud of Sweet and Bitter Fancy: Navigating the Unquiet Mind and Life Philosophy of Walter Scott”, by Kirsty Archer-Thompson FSAScot.

Culture & Business Fund Scotland Roadshows: A source of support for COVID-19 recovery and renewal 
Date & time: Tuesday, 29 June 2021, 11:00 – 13:30.
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.

Training

Digital Heritage Workshops
Date & time: 2, 16, 23, 30 June at 1pm – 3.30pm
Online: Zoom
These free workshops offer tips on how to share heritage digitally. Whether you want to create a virtual tour, video, or podcast, these 2.5-hour-long workshops will help you with the skills you need to share your buildings, landscapes, and stories. Each session will include an overview of the technology, practical guidance, tips and tricks, and where to find free software for your project. Delivered by the Scottish Civic Trust and the Centre for Archaeology, Technology & Cultural Heritage at the University of St Andrews.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 service includes upcoming Branch and National Events, CPD opportunities, Awards, Placements, Bursaries & Scholarships, Calls for Papers and more from across the UK and beyond.

Inverkeithing Stone & Slate Survey Findings Zoom Seminar
Date & time: Jun 18, 2021 08:45.
Online: Zoom.
This Survey will give a better understanding of the condition and conservation needs of Inverkeithing’s significant architectural heritage and will identify the types of building stone and roof coverings historically used in Inverkeithing. This CPD seminar is being offered for FREE through funding grant/scheme. By registering, you agree for your personal details (Name and email address) to get passed on to FHBT for the purpose of providing evidence for their funding grant.

Architectural Conservation CPD: Timber Decay and Repair in Traditional Buildings
Date & time: Wednesday 25 August, 12:30-13:30.
Venue: Online via Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The more technical second half of the 2020 CPD programme opens with this session on timber decay and repair. Delivered by Historic Environment Scotland’s Technical Research Manager Roger Curtis, this CPD will look at the use of timber in traditional construction, decay processes, remedial measures and repair techniques to structural and finishing timber. Sessions are hosted online with Q&A and networking opportunities and delivered using live and recorded content by industry accredited professionals and are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Vacancies

Operations Manager
We are looking to recruit an Operations Manager who will be responsible for ensuring integration and co-ordination across PAS and developing the organisation’s delivery of services in collaboration with the Chief Executive, and other members of the management team. Deadline for applications: 23.59 on Monday 14 June.

Communication and Engagement Officer
Under One Roof are looking for someone from a communication or architectural background whose skills will help expand the organisation’s reach and impact, particularly with tenement flat owners.
Applications received after noon on the 14th will not be considered.

Volunteer opportunity – Shetland Doors Open Days coordinator
Doors Open Days is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer or group of volunteers to help coordinate Doors Open Days in Shetland. This is a great opportunity to help people in your local area freely access heritage sites and events, network with professionals across Scotland’s heritage sectors, and develop skills in project management, communication and website management. You will be supported by a friendly national network of Doors Open Days coordinators.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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BEFS News

The First Minister is returned to post, Cabinet Secretaries have been announced, and new Ministers have been appointed.  It’s all change for culture, heritage and our existing and built environment. BEFS give an overview of the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary Election outcomes, and consider the initial implications of the changes we’ve noted so far – read more here.

BEFS response to Historic Environment Scotland’s consultation on Managing Change Guidance Note: Working on and near to scheduled monuments supports and reiterates points made by Member organisations. Read the full response here.

IHBC have been considering inclusion and the barriers to engagement and learning: What started as an enquiry from the IHBC, in relation to a conference where BEFS Director had already booked a place – has turned into a blog from IHBC Director, Sean O’Reilly. IHBC were keen to raise awareness across BEFS’ community and voluntary-sector membership, especially of the new access and outreach opportunities at their virtual day conference ‘Historic Places: People Places’. The barriers towards engagement can often tied to past legacy, tradition, and expectation. BEFS was keen to participate and thought that BEFS Bulletin readers could benefit from hearing more about the approach the IHBC have taken. Both in how they’ve framed their approach to a virtual conference, including their innovative approach to the ‘learning’ marketplace, and their pricing structure.

The programme for the Architecture Fringe 2021 (Un)Learning is now live! With 58 projects and events across Scotland and online, from 4 to 20 June, you are invited to (un)learn, to interrogate your own behaviours, beliefs and biases, to acknowledge how the world really is to then reimagine how it could be. Full details here.

Check out the range of fantastic built environment events coming up in the events section below of via our online calendar.

Consultations

Local Place Plan Regulations consultation
Closes 25 June 2021.

Petition: To create a tax incentive to favour retrofit instead of demolition and new build
Closes 8 August 2021.

Consultation Responses

Scottish Enterprise’s position statement response to the NPF4 consultation (SG 10/05/21)

Publications

Building standards – verifiers: professional competency framework (SG 10/05/21)

Community right to buy – re-registering a community interest in land: form (SG 09/05/21)

Strategy to address racism against people of colour (SCT 05/05/21)

Mainstreaming and 2021-25 Equality Outcomes Report (HES 30/04/21)

Doors Open Day 2020 Report (SCT 05/21)

Brexit, Intellectual Property Rights and Heritage: What you need to know (HD 03/21)

Bennet Institute for Public Policy, Townscapes, the Value of Public Infrastructure (BIPP 05/21)

Working Better Together in Place – collaborative report from Inspiring Scotland (IS 05/21)

Scottish Government News Releases

Scottish Government release details of new cabinet.

News Releases

Renewed calls to save Glasgow’s at-risk Egyptian Halls (SCT 14/05/21)
Conservation experts fighting for the future of a Glasgow architectural masterpiece have announced the establishment of a charity to take forward discussions about restoration.No evidence of boom in sight for Scottish tourism according to industry body (STA 12/05/21)
Research published by the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), the representative body for tourism business in Scotland paints a stark picture for the sector in contrast to recent speculation that tourism in Scotland is set for a boom this summer.

European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2021 (EN 12/05/21)
Heritage professionals, volunteers, journalists and supporters from across Europe and beyond are invited to join us for the Live Announcement of the 2021 Winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards on 25 May (11:00-12:00 CET).

Foundation Grants for Maintenance (NCT 12/05/21)
As churches come out of lockdown they will be facing increased maintenance costs. NCT’s Foundation Grants Programme provides grants of up to £5,000 towards maintenance costs and they are particularly keen to see more applications from Places of Worship in Scotland.

Property sector urges immediate political action on key challenges (SCN 10/05/21)
The Scottish Property Federation and RTPI Scotland have welcomed the new cohort of MSPs to Holyrood following the Scottish Parliamentary Elections 2021 and have called for immediate action on key challenges for the sector.

Update: Strategy to Address Racism Against People of Colour (SCT 05/05/21)
As part of our Strategy to Address Racism Against People of Colour, Scottish Civic Trust issues six-monthly updates on our anti-colour-based-racism work. This ensures that we are transparent about our progress and helps to sustain a sector-wide commitment to addressing racism against people of colour.

My Place Awards 2021 – Entries close 29 August (SCT 05/21) 
The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality. The 2021 Awards have two categories: the general Award honours recently completed projects (2018-2020); and the Sustainability Award honours projects completed between 2001 and 2011 that demonstrate continued fitness for purpose, as well as having a robust approach to climate readiness.

New plan to promote equality, diversity and inclusion (HES 04/05/21)
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has set out its vision to tackle inequalities and increase access to and participation in Scotland’s historic environment with publication of its new Equality Outcomes for 2021-25.

Events

For the latest information about BEFS Members’ events see our events calendar.
Developing Anti-Racist Messaging & Approaches for Museums
Date & Time: Thu, 20 May 2021, 15:00 – 16:30 BST.
Online: Zoom.
As part of the Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums project and the wider approach to embedding anti-racist practice in the Scottish museums sector, Museums Galleries Scotland is looking at how the sector could work together to manage negative comments on social media. This includes the development of a glossary and set of FAQs that can be used to respond to the types of queries that museums often receive (and that they anticipate receiving in the future). They’re particularly keen on developing a consistent message and a wider shared approach for Scottish heritage organisations exploring these issues – this is where you come in.What if…?/Scotland Opening Event
Date & time: Fri, 21 May 2021; 12:00 – 13:00.
Online.
What if…?/Scotland – Shared hopes, dreams and wishes for the future of the places where we live. The Scotland + Venice partnership invites you to join the launch of What if…?/Scotland. Award winning Edinburgh based architecture and design practice 7N Architects in partnership with Architecture & Design Scotland, will present their Scotland + Venice commission What if…?/Scotland at V&A Dundee from Saturday 22 May until Sunday 21 November 2021.

Crafts and Cultural Heritage Event
Date & time: Wed, 26 May 2021; 18:00 – 19:30.
Online.
Crafts, as indeed all Intangible Cultural Heritage, face immense challenges, some inevitably augmented during the pandemic. The MCICH Network wishes to raise awareness of both, and, by illustrated presentations, offer a cornucopia of slides to inspire.Addressing Inequality in Heritage
Date & time: Tuesday 8th June, 10am-12pm
Online.
Heritage Trust Network in partnership with the Make Your Mark campaign, will explore ways that our projects and organisations can promote equality and connect with new audiences. We are delighted to be joined by Lisa Williams from the Edinburgh Caribbean Association and Cat Telford from the National Trust for Scotland, who will share their experience and guidance for grassroots heritage organisations. The speakers will look at how we can all strive for best practise and make holistic changes for the better.

Engineering Climate Conference
Date & time: 15&16 June; 9.30.
Online.
This conference will look at how our engineering community is managing, developing and enhancing opportunities to improve the ways we address our climate emergency. The first day will focus on ‘Transport’, the second will highlight progress on ‘Energy’ aspects.

Young People and Place Online Festival
Date & time: 16 & 17 June 2021.
Online.
Through presentations, films, workshops and training sessions, the Festival will celebrate the achievements of young people, youth workers and groups who have taken part in the Young Placechangers Programme. As a participants you can can join us for the whole event or attend specific sessions of  interest to you! There are also sessions taking place in the evening for people who are not able to come during the day. The event is for you if you work in a local authority, national agency, third sector or a community organisation/group, and want to include Young People in discussions and decisions about Place, but may not be quite sure where to begin.

The Tallest Timber Building in Scotland
Date & time: 22 July; 18.00-19.00.
Online.
The Ellerslie Crescent Project led by CCG Scotland Ltd. in Yoker, West Glasgow is the Tallest Timber Building in Scotland. This is a mid-market rent residential building with 42 flats, mostly 2-bedrooms constructed in 2016 and 2017. The entire superstructure is made from Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) including the lift shaft and communal staircase areas. The talk will kick-off with an introduction to the UK market relevant to the need for CLT, leading onto a simulation-based occupational health and safety analysis of the CLT panels and connectors installation. The event will conclude with a look into the full extents of construction operations on the project.

Training

CPD: Buildings at Risk Register
Date & time: Tuesday 25th May 2021 | 11.30am-12.30pm.
Online: Zoom.
Glasgow currently has around 130 historic buildings listed on the Buildings at Risk Register, half of which have been there for over a decade. Pre 1945 buildings make up more than 40% of Glasgow’s housing stock, and within this, 64% have disrepair to critical elements and 84% have some kind of disrepair. With Glasgow hosting the 2021 COP26 conference, and the city focussing in on Climate Change and Sustainability, GCHT are passionate about highlighting the Buildings at Risk Register and what we can do to tackle this crisis.Digital Skills Day
Date & time: 10 June, from 10am – 5pm.
Online.
Presented by the Arts Marketing Association, this free training day is for anyone working or volunteering for small to medium-sized UK heritage organisations to build their digital skills and engage new & more diverse audiences. It is part of the Digital Heritage Lab programme which is funded through the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Digital Skills for Heritage initiative.

Digital Heritage Workshops
Dates: multiple dates in May & June.
Online.
Since the onset of COVID-19, heritage organisations across Scotland have experimented with new technology and virtual ways of connecting with audiences. These free workshops offer tips on how to share heritage digitally. Whether you want to create a virtual tour, video, or podcast, these 2.5-hour-long workshops will help you with the skills you need to share your buildings, landscapes, and stories. Each session will include an overview of the technology, practical guidance, tips and tricks, and where to find free software for your project.

Architectural Conservation CPD: Timber Decay and Repair in Traditional Buildings
Date & time: Wednesday 25 August, 12:30-13:30.
Online: Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The more technical second half of the 2020 CPD programme opens with this session on timber decay and repair. Delivered by Historic Environment Scotland’s Technical Research Manager Roger Curtis, this CPD will look at the use of timber in traditional construction, decay processes, remedial measures and repair techniques to structural and finishing timber. Sessions are hosted online with Q&A and networking opportunities and delivered using live and recorded content by industry accredited professionals and are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Vacancies

Edinburgh World Heritage Conservation Projects Officer
Edinburgh World Heritage is looking to appoint a Conservation Projects Officer to play a key role in the conservation of our remarkable historic city. The purpose of the role is to support the delivery of a diverse range of conservation projects.
Closing date Monday 31st May 2021 at 5pm.Join our Grants Committee

The National Churches Trust are currently recruiting 2 new members to its national Grants Committee. We are particularly interested in applications from professionals with church heritage experience in Scotland.

Scottish Civic Trust seeks Heritage Administration Officer 
SCT are looking for an enthusiastic and creative person to support the administration of Scottish Civic Trust and the delivery of our projects.
Closing Date 5pm on Friday 28th May 2021.

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BEFS News

BEFS is delighted to welcome Director Ailsa Macfarlane into post this week. Coming from a cultural-heritage project management background, Ailsa has wide-ranging experience with partnership working and stakeholder collaboration across Scotland. Find out more about her background here.

BEFS has compiled an overview of policy commitments in the party manifestos that will have implications for Scotland’s built environment. Various heritage and built environment organisations, including a number of BEFS members, produced manifestos ahead of today’s election. The manifestos outline information on specific strategic issues, facts and details, and the corresponding language and messaging that can be adapted and adopted to advocate for the built environment with your newly elected parliamentarians. For advice on becoming an advocate for the built environment check out our Advocacy Toolkit.

BEFS outgoing Director Euan Leitch reflects on why retaining our existing built environment is beneficial and potentially transformative for communities and how crucial it is that we evidence the benefits that arise from investing in heritage going into a new parliament, in our first blog this week.

BEFS submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Scottish skills requirements for energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks for homes. It strongly supports the primary focus around retrofitting existing buildings. BEFS also submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s Heat in buildings strategy – achieving net zero emissions consultation, highlighting that Scotland’s home-owners, businesses, suppliers, and manufacturers need as clear an understanding as possible of who needs to do what, and by when. Both responses can be read in full here.

In a final contribution as Director, Euan Leitch, shares his observations about the extended permitted development rights consultation process, motivations, and unexpected outcomes in our second blog this week.

To help promote the reopening of museums and galleries across Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland have launched the #MuseumsAreGo reopening campaign, on behalf of and with the sector to help reassure and encourage people to visit, as well as support, their local museum and gallery and other museums across Scotland. We are also offering the sector marketing support to those museums who need it most, including an online toolkit and marketing support surgeries in May and June.

Consultations

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

Working On and Near to Scheduled Monuments
Closes 6 May 2021.

Local Place Plan Regulations consultation
Closes 25 June 2021.

Petition: To create a tax incentive to favour retrofit instead of demolition and new build
8 August 2021.

Publications

Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum – Hustings (CICV 14/21)

The Resolution Foundation Housing Outlook (04/21)

Election Hub – Planning the Scotland We Need (04/21)

Housing in Scotland: Evidence for Scottish Government 2021-26 (UKCCfHE 04/21)

Context – Urban Design (IHBC March 2021)

News Releases

Short-term fixes with long-term consequences (Cockburn Association 03/05/21)
Our thoughts on the long-term implications of recently suggested short-term fixes for the Scottish planning system.

Flow Country: hopes of pressing case for world heritage site at COP26 (FMS 28/04/21)
The Flow Country Partnership is seeking to have the renowned area of peatland stretching across Caithness and Sutherland recognised alongside the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef as a natural world heritage site.

Volunteer army put tech boots on ground to save high street (FS 28/04/21)
A new ‘digital footfall’ scheme has been launched in an East Lothian town this week by a volunteer tech army in response to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the high street.

Archaeology Scotland’s Student Prize 2021 (AS 25/04/21)
Archaeology Scotland are delighted to announce that, thanks to a generous anonymous donation, we are running a competition to give recognition to excellence in written work on Scottish archaeology produced in the 2020–21 academic year.

Over £150 million funding to kickstart self-building revolution (MHCLG 24/04/21)
New ‘Help to Build’ scheme will make it easier and more affordable for people to build their own homes.

A New Chief Executive for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS 22/04/21)
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is delighted to announce that Tamsie Thomson has been appointed as its new Chief Executive.

RTPI Awards for Research Excellence 2021 (RTPI 2021)
The RTPI Awards for Research Excellence are now open for entries. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 17 May 2021. The RTPI Awards for Research Excellence recognise and promote high quality and impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools and planning practitioners in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and internationally.

Opinion & Comment

Podcast: Building Sustainability – Fellowships – Karen Ridgewell

Events

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

Midsteeple Quarter
Date & time: Sat, 8 May 2021, 14:15.
Online event.
Join Matt Baker, founder and board member of the Midsteeple Quarter project, for a talk on this innovative community-led initiative to revitalise Dumfries High Street! Midsteeple Quarter is a Community Benefit Society set up and run by the people of Dumfries. Their aim is to help shape a new future for our town centre; one that responds to the needs of our community and is run for their benefit. The core principle is that local people have the innovative solutions for our town and that a significant local stake in the future of the town through community ownership and control is the best route towards a sustainable prosperity that is shared fairly amongst everyone.

Insanitary City: Dr Henry Littlejohn and the condition of Edinburgh
Date & time: Thu, 13 May 2021; 18:00 – 19:00.
Online event.
In 1865, Dr Henry Littlejohn – Police Surgeon, Crown witness in murder cases and medical advisor to the Scottish Poor Law authorities – published his Report on the Sanitary Condition of Edinburgh. His meticulous research produced penetrating insights into the links between poverty, employment and public health in Victorian cities.It had a significance far beyond the city of Edinburgh and Victorian society. In our latest online event, Edinburgh World Heritage is delighted to welcome Richard Rodger, Professor of Economic * Social History, University of Edinburgh, and co-author of ‘Insanitary City: Henry Littlejohn and the Condition of Edinburgh.’ Please join us as he explores the terrible slum conditions of Victorian Edinburgh and the extraordinary work of Dr Henry Littlejohn.

Developing a heritage project – National Lottery Heritage Fund Webinar
Date & time: Tue 25th May 2021 at 10:00.
Online event.
Join the Scotland team online to find out more about our small grants programme – National Lottery Grants for Heritage £3,000 to £10,000. Are you interested in developing a heritage project? The National Lottery Heritage Fund Engagement team in Scotland are running an informal webinar session on Tuesday 25 May at 10am. At this event we will give an overview of our small grants programme (£3,000 to £10,000), guidance for developing a heritage project and information about our application process. There will also be an opportunity to share your project ideas and ask any questions.

(1) Church Recording and Volunteering / (2) Repair & Maintenance
Date & time: Thursday, May 27th at 10.00am
Online: Zoom
Scotland’s Churches Trust is involved, together with other bodies, in a project to record the contents of our historic churches. This is now more important than ever with buildings closing at a rate not seen before. This is done through photographs and detailed description and sent to a central database. Volunteers are always needed! A second event in conjunction with the National Churches Trust (date to be decided), will focus on fabric maintenance and repair of places of worship.

2021 SURF Awards Launch Event
Date & time: 3rd June, 2pm-3.30pm.
Online: Zoom.
The prestigious national 2021 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration will launch at a virtual event on the 3rd June in partnership with the Glasgow Canal Cooperative, as part of the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership, to celebrate and promote the Scottish Government Year of Coasts and Waters. The SURF Awards are delivered each year by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government. The purpose is to highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland.

RIAS Inclusive Design Seminar
Date & time: Tuesday 8th June 2021, 1.00pm to 4.15pm.
Online: Zoom.
Cost: £5.00 / Free for RIAS Student Members
Join RIAS for this seminar which looks at planning for inclusivity at the outset to deliver high quality environments. Our speakers will cover a range of topics relating to inclusive design and how we can produce external spaces, buildings, interiors and products that are as accessible as possible for a diverse population. Speakers: Eugene Mullan, Smith Scott Mullan Associates; Annie Pollock; Colin Wishart, City of Edinburgh Council; Rick McCluggage, Smith Scott Mullan Associates, Emma Berry & Angel Morales Aguilar, LDN Architects, Joann Russell, Historic Environment Scotland; Lucy Richards, StudioLR.

Training

Architectural Conservation CPD: Historic Shopfronts
Date & time: Wednesday 26 May, 12:30-13:30 (log-on from 12:15).
Online: Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
Marking 10 years since ‘The Historic Shopfronts of Perth’ was published, the second session in the 2020 CPD programme is a historic shopfront feature delivered by shopfronts expert Lindsay Lennie. Whether you are starting out in a buildings related career, looking to refresh your conservation knowledge, encounter historic buildings as part of your work portfolio, or have limited knowledge of the best conservation practice to employ on a project involving traditionally constructed buildings, this is the CPD programme for you. Sessions are recognised CPD by the IHBC and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Architectural Conservation CPD: Statutory Protection and Managing Change to Listed Buildings
Date & time: Wed. 30 June, 12:30-13:30 (log-on with light refreshments from 12:15).
Online: Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The third session in the 6-part CPD programme focuses on listed buildings and the legislative framework that protects them. Delivered by Historic Environment Scotland’s Head of Designations Elizabeth McCrone, this session will cover the role of designation, recent reviews, applying for listed building consent and general approached to managing change to listed buildings with examples. Sessions are hosted online with Q&A and networking opportunities and delivered using live and recorded content by industry accredited professionals and are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Vacancies

Creative Programme Manager, Creative Project Officer and freelance associates
greenspace scotland is looking to recruit an experienced and creative Programme Manager, Project Officer and freelance associates to lead the development and delivery of this important national initiative working with artists, cultural organisations and communities to commemorate and reflect on Scotland’s experiences during the pandemic.
Closing date for applications for both posts: 3pm on Wednesday 19 May 2021.

Development Officer for Northern Ireland
The Heritage Trust Network is recruiting for a new part-time post of Development Officer based in Northern Ireland. The Network has a varied range of members in Northern Ireland including major building preservation trusts in the cities, towns and villages and community and arts organisations.
The deadline for applications is Monday 24th May.

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BEFS is delighted to welcome Hazel Johnson into the role of BEFS Policy & Strategy Manager. From late May Hazel will be joining the team having previously worked for Historic Environment Scotland. Her broad range of sector knowledge, experience, and policy work makes her a fantastic addition to BEFS. We look forward to letting Hazel introduce herself once she starts – for now we’ll just say a big HELLO from the whole team.

BEFS has undertaken an overview of policy commitments that would have implications for Scotland’s built environment found in the manifestos of political parties ahead of the Scottish parliamentary elections, with some yet to the published. The most significant change to previous manifestos is that most are giving significant attention to the climate emergency. Read more here.

BEFS has also collated manifestos produced by heritage and built environment organisations. The most recent additions include contributions from the National Trust for Scotland and the Cockburn Association. For advice on becoming an advocate for the built environment check out our Advocacy Toolkit.

BEFS is delighted to share that its application to Rebuilding Heritage was successful. Members of BEFS team will be attending the Rebuilding Leadership Training and the Inclusion in the Workplace Training. The Rebuilding Heritage programme provides invaluable training, free resources and webinars and BEFS would encourage heritage and built environment organisations to apply when round 6 opens in July 2021.

BEFS, Museums Galleries Scotland and greenspace Scotland are delighted that the ‘Surviving to Thriving’ Business Support Programme kicks off next week. To celebrate the programme starting, and our Scotland wide action towards increasing the resilience of the sector, we’d love to hear what resilience looks like to you and your organisation. Find out what participating organisations have to say about resilience on social media and share your thoughts on Monday 26th April with #Thriving and by tagging @MuseumsGalScot@TheBEFS@greenspacescot.

BEFS responded to Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) consultation on the draft ‘Talking About Heritage’ guidance, which closed mid-December 2020. HES are now in the process of incorporating the feedback they received, with a view to publishing the final guidance as an online resource later this year. You can find a summary of the feedback, and an update on what they plan to do next, online at We Asked, You Said, We Did.

HES, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIFA) and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) have joined forces to support heritage organisations to create new jobs for young unemployed people though the KickStart programme. They are looking for heritage organisations of all types including third, public and private sector that can offer six months of meaningful work to a young unemployed person. Kickstart will cover minimum wage salary up to 25 hours a week and NIC’s, an additional £1000 will be available for the employer to spend on training or equipment needed as part of the programme. The programme will run until December 2021 and jobs can start anytime within this period.

BEFS extends condolences to all those mourning the sudden passing of Peter Ainsworth. We know our colleagues at many organisations, but particularly The Heritage Alliance who were privileged to have him as their Chair, will feel his loss keenly. A heritage giant has been lost and our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Consultations

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

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 – achieving net zero emissions: consultation
Closes 30 April 2021.

Inquiry: Local government and the path to net zero
You can submit evidence until Friday 30 April 2021.

Working On and Near to Scheduled Monuments
Closes 6 May 2021.

Local Place Plan Regulations consultation
Closes 25 June 2021.

Petition: To create a tax incentive to favour retrofit instead of demolition and new build
8 August 2021.

Publications

Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector guidance (SG 16/04/21)

Scottish Planner – The Journal of RTPI Scotland (RTPI Scotland 04/21)

European Cultural Heritage Green Paper – Full Paper (EN 22/03/21)

European Cultural Heritage Green Paper – Executive Summary (EN 22/03/21)

News Releases

UK enshrines new target in law to slash emissions by 78% by 2035 (DBEIS 20/04/21)
The UK’s sixth Carbon Budget will incorporate the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions for the first time, to bring the UK more than three-quarters of the way to net zero by 2050..

Tesco Community Grants open for applications! (GS 20/04/21)
Tesco Community Grant scheme will award grants to charities and community organisations to fund local good causes whose focus is on supporting children and families.

Apply now for the Scottish Charity Awards 2021! (SCVO 19/04/21)
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is calling for charities and individuals across the country to apply for its annual charity awards.

Call on politicians to protect battlefields (NTS 16/04/21)
We’re calling on politicians to support Culloden’s bid to become a recognised World Heritage Site and increase protection for Scotland’s historic battlefields.

SPAB Receives Culture Recovery Fund Award (SPAB 12/04/21)
We are absolutely delighted to announce that the SPAB is one of the 476 heritage organisations who will share £44M from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Preserving Cultural Heritage, Supporting the Green Transition (ICON 12/04/21)
Icon Chief Executive, Sara Crofts, offers some reflections on amplifying messages about the need to mainstream climate action into cultural heritage.

Placing People at the Heart of Heritage for the Week of World Heritage Sites (EWH 11/04/21)
Europe’s historic cities are individually unique and beloved for their original architecture, varied settings, and distinctive history and heritage. But they face increasingly common problems.

Scottish finalists unveiled for RTPI Awards 2021 (SCN 08/04/21)
Projects, individuals and teams from across Scotland are in the running to win at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2021, it has been announced.

Europa Nostra and EIB Institute announce Europe’s 7 Most Endangered heritage sites 2021 (EN 08/04/21)
Europa Nostra – the European voice of civil society committed to cultural and natural heritage – together with its partner, the European Investment Bank Institute, this morning announced the List of 7 Most Endangered monuments and heritage sites in Europe for 2021.

The Arts and Cultural Impact Fund calls for more applicants (NLHF 07/04/21)
The Arts and Culture Impact Fund was established to provide loans which will help organisations in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors to build financial resilience and sustainability and support local communities.

How Europe’s World Heritage Cities are tackling common challenges (EWH 04/21)
From the effects of over-tourism, and the need to better conserve our valuable ancient buildings, to addressing the challenges post-COVID-19, there is clearly an opportunity to better manage our historic cities by learning from each other and sharing best practice.

Putting Europe’s shared heritage at the heart of the European Green Deal (EN 22/03/21)
Tackling climate change is this generation’s defining task and Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage can help.

Opinion & Comment

Steven Tolson: Housing to 2040 – a dream or promise for real deeds? (SHC 16/04/21)

Urbanistica Podcast: The making of smarter and more livable cities

Putting Town Centres First Podcast Series: Alison Harvey, from the Heritage Council, speaks with Jamie McNamara, Chair of SPAB Scotland

Events

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

Icon Scotland Group: Take 5 Webinar, Spring Sessions
Date & time: 5 May 2021, 16:00-17:00.
Online: Via Zoom.
A new instalment of Icon Scotland Group’s ideas-sharing events, with 5 new 5 minute presentations by conservators of different disciplines about some of their recent projects: 1) Senses Working Over Time: tactile engagement for written heritage, by Victoria Stevens ACR; 2) Conservation of an Iranian Tile Panel at the National Museums of Scotland, by Holly Daws; 3)Learn by doing: the casting, finishing and patinating of bronzes, by Heleen van Santen; 4) Conservation Live: public engagement from a digital distance, by Lesley Stevenson ACR FIIC; 5) Conditional Confusion: considering variations in language used for object documentation, by Beth Gillions.

Insanitary City
Date & time: 6pm, Thursday 13 May 2021
Online: Zoom
Victorian Edinburgh was a melting pot of industry and people. The industrial revolution created new work, attracting migrants searching for a better life. The reality however was often different, with many families having no choice but to live in the filthy, disease-ridden, overcrowded slums of the Old Town. In our latest online event, Edinburgh World Heritage is delighted to welcome Richard Rodger of the University of Edinburgh as he explores the terrible slum conditions of Victorian Edinburgh and the extraordinary work of Dr Henry Littlejohn.

IHBC Annual School 2021 Brighton: Historic Places, People Places – Making the best of the places we have today, for those who live with them tomorrow
Dates: 17 – 18 June 2021.
All places have history – in landscapes, built fabric and memories – and that history shapes how people live, use and work with them, today and in the future. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, billions of pounds were being invested to support struggling urban and rural places, old and new, and their surrounding areas. Not only has the pandemic exacerbated these familiar problems, but it has also highlighted new ones. The IHBC’s Brighton 2021 School will address these and related challenges, seeking data, connecting thinking and shaping solutions.

Training

Architectural Conservation CPD: Historic Shopfronts
Date & time: Wednesday 26 May, 12:30-13:30 (log-on from 12:15)
Online: via Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
Marking 10 years since ‘The Historic Shopfronts of Perth’ was published, the second session in the 2020 CPD programme is a historic shopfront feature delivered by shopfronts expert Lindsay Lennie. Whether you are starting out in a buildings related career, looking to refresh your conservation knowledge, encounter historic buildings as part of your work portfolio, or have limited knowledge of the best conservation practice to employ on a project involving traditionally constructed buildings, this is the CPD programme for you. Sessions are recognised CPD by the IHBC and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Architectural Conservation CPD: Statutory Protection and Managing Change to Listed Buildings Presenter: Elizabeth McCrone
Date & time: Wednesday 30 June, 12:30-13:30 (log-on with light refreshments from 12:15)
Online: via Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
The third session in the 6-part CPD programme focuses on listed buildings and the legislative framework that protects them. Delivered by HES’s Head of Designations Elizabeth McCrone, this session will cover the role of designation, recent reviews, applying for listed building consent and general approached to managing change to listed buildings with examples. Whether you are starting out in a buildings related career, looking to refresh your conservation knowledge, encounter historic buildings, or have limited knowledge of the best conservation practices, this is the CPD programme for you. Sessions are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Vacancies

Volunteer Co-ordinator
PAS are looking to recruit a Volunteer Co-ordinator (on a fixed-term contract until 31 October 2021) to co-ordinate volunteers to support PAS’s activities and to assist with general office support.
Closing at 9am on Tuesday 4 May 2021.

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BEFS is seeking a new Policy and Strategy Manager. The role involves engaging with BEFS members on strategic policy and legislative developments relating to Scotland’s built environment; informing members of strategic policy developments; co-ordinating views; and promoting these through consultation responses and legislative opportunities. We are seeking the right individual, who enjoys strategic thinking, the detail of policy consultations, and is highly self-motivated, to fit into a small friendly team. The deadline for applications is noon on Tuesday 6th April 2021. More details here.

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections on 6th May 2021, BEFS has collated 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 for the built environment, including how to contact your local politicians, click through our Advocacy Toolkit. You may also wish to register for SURF’s Scottish Election Question Time on 15th April 2021 or the SCVO’s National Hustings on 8th April 2021.

The Scottish Government has published Scotland’s first long-term national housing strategy, Housing to 2040. The strategy outlines plans to deliver 100,000 affordable homes by 2032, with at least 70% available for social rent. Other priorities include: tackling high rents in the private sector through a Rented Sector Strategy and Housing Bill; decarbonising heat in homes; establishing a new fund to bring empty homes back into use; supporting development in rural and island areas; and undertaking an audit of current housing and homelessness legislation to understand how best to realise the right to adequate housing. Plans for a new Housing Standard to apply the same set of standards to homes of all tenures, whether owned or rented, will also be published.

BEFS is delighted to see that the Tenement Maintenance Working Group’s recommendations have been included in the Housing to 2040 strategy, and that the proposed universal housing standard aligns with the recommendations and a research paper BEFS commissioned from Douglas Robertson, ‘Why Flats Fall Down’.

The Just Transition Commission has published its report A National Mission for a fairer, greener Scotland. The Commission started work in early 2019, with a remit to provide practical and affordable recommendations. This report sets out their view of the key opportunities and challenges for Scotland and recommends practical steps to achieving a just transition.

The Scottish Government has pushed Scotland’s Third Land Use Strategy. It sets out the Government’s vision, objectives and policies to achieve sustainable land use. The strategy covers the next five years and aims to provide a more holistic understanding of land, the demands we place upon it and the benefits we get from it.

A new report published by Community Land Scotland states that 20% of all community owned assets are now urban, and not just rural. This change came about following the Community Right to Buy extended to cover urban areas in 2016 and is a remarkable achievement in that short time.  Almost £7m of funding was provided by the Scottish Land Fund to enable these buy-outs. The report can be found here.

Consultations

Local Place Plan Regulations consultation
Opened 15 March 2021 and closes 25 June 2021.

Inquiry: Local government and the path to net zero
You can submit evidence until Friday 30 April 2021.

Clyde Mission Call for Ideas
Opened 1 March and closes 29 March 2021.

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
Closes 8 August 2021.

Climate Change – Net Zero Nation: draft public engagement strategy – consultation
Closes 31 Mar 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 – achieving net zero emissions: consultation
Closes 30 April 2021.

Consultation Responses

Housing to 2040: consultation analysis

Publications

Scotland’s Garden and Landscape Heritage Spring 2021 Newsletter (03/21)

Land use – getting the best from our land: strategy 2021 to 2026 (SG 24/03/21)

Town centre action plan – review report: interim joint response (SG 24/03/21)

Just Transition Commission: A National Mission for a fairer, greener Scotland (SG 23/03/21)

National islands plan: annual report – 2020 (SG 23/03/21)

Engaging communities in decisions relating to land – guidance: review (SG 23/03/21)

Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme (VDLIP): application form (SG 23/03/21)

Technical Paper 35: Moisture Measurement in the Historic Environment (HES 23/03/21)

Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes – Fourth Report of Session 2019–21 (HoC 22/03/21)

Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH): guidance for social landlords March 2021 (SG 22/03/21)

Chief Planner letter: stakeholder update – March 2021 (SG 22/03/21)

Local place plans: literature review and final report (SG 22/03/21)

European Cultural Heritage Green Paper (EN, ICOMOS & CHN 22/03/21)

European Cultural Heritage Green Paper – Executive Summary (EN, ICOMOS & CHN 22/03/21)

VAT reduction on refurbishment and renovation: letter from Housing Minister (SG 22/03/21)

Scottish Land Fund: evaluation (SG 22/03/21)

Architecture and Design Scotland Corporate Strategy 2021-31 (A&DS 18/03/21)

Democracy Matters – local governance review: phase 2 (SG 18/03/21)

Democracy Matters – local governance review: phase 2 – easy read (SG 18/03/21)

Energy strategy: position statement (SG 16/03/21)

Housing to 2040 (SG 15/03/21)

Housing to 2040: vision and principles (SG 15/03/21)

Values of Conservation Research Report (ICON 10/03/21)

Attitudes to land reform: research (SG 05/30/21)

Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals: Policy Guidance for Heritage and Development Actors (ICOMOS 03/21)

Scottish Government News Releases

£25 million for tourism recovery (SG 24/03/21)

Holiday vouchers, discounts for days out and a marketing fund are included in a new £25 million tourism recovery programme.

Scotland’s Creative Digital Initiative (SG 23/03/21)
A new £1 million digital support programme for creative and cultural businesses has launched.

Local Place Plans – next steps (Planning & Architecture, SG 22/03/21)
LPPs can support community aspirations on the big challenges for a future Scotland, such as responding to the global climate emergency and tackling inequalities, and help shape local planning policies contained in the Local Development Plan.

Supporting rural tourism (SG 19/03/21)
More seasonal rangers, temporary toilets, car parking and campervan facilities will help rural areas to welcome back visitors when coronavirus restrictions are eased.

Tackling cladding issues (SG 19/03/21)
Homeowners whose flats have external cladding will be offered free safety assessments to determine which properties have material needing to be removed.

Supporting Gypsy and Traveller communities (SG 18/03/21)
This funding, part of Scotland’s first long-term national housing strategy, will enable local authorities to improve existing sites and expand provision over the next five years. This builds on £2 million allocated to site improvement in 2020-21.

Targeted support for cities and regions (SG 17/03/21)
Cities and regions can apply for additional funding to help them recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Helping communities through the pandemic (SG 17/03/21)
A combined total of £1 billion has been allocated to help local communities through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and to build resilience in public services in the past year.

Croft house grants awarded (SG 17/03/21)
Grants to improve or build new homes in some of Scotland’s most remote and marginal communities have been awarded to 10 crofters.

100,000 more affordable homes (SG 15/03/21)
Plans to deliver 100,000 affordable homes over the next decade are set out today in a 20-year housing strategy.

A new standard for housing (SG 14/03/21)
Plans for a new legal requirement for all homes to meet the same standards will be included in a major national housing strategy to be published this week.

News Releases

Scotland’s Climate Assembly Sets Out Goals for Tackling Climate Emergency (SCA 24/03/21)
The interim report of Scotland’s Climate Assembly will be laid in the Scottish Parliament this morning. It sets out 16 goals for tackling the climate emergency. These goals cover a broad range of issues including domestic heating, emissions, land use, taxation and the economy.

Funding boost for repairs to Scottish heritage structures (HES 23/03/21)
Projects include Scotland’s last surviving historic steam-powered slipway which provides a crucial link for the Maid of the Loch.

Scottish Parliament to host an international summit of parliamentarians on climate change (SP 23/03/21)
One of the largest gatherings of international parliamentarians to discuss the climate emergency will take place at the Scottish Parliament in November, it has been announced today.

Society Grants over £26,000 to Support Research into Scotland’s Past (SoAoS 23/03/21)
The Society Council Trustees have awarded £26,319 to fifteen projects examining a wide range of topics from manuscript research to excavations investigating Mesolithic activity in the highlands.

AHF publishes its updated Environmental Policy (AHF 22/03/21)
Following a joint statement of intent with other heritage funders in 2020, the AHF is today publishing its Environmental Policy to set out the organisation’s commitments to addressing climate change.

£4.5 million investment for Scotland’s historic towns and cities (HES 18/03/21)
Over £50 million has been invested since 2007 through the CARS scheme which encourages communities to preserve built heritage and stimulate economic regeneration.

HES welcomes growth deal for Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides (HES 17/03/21)
HES has welcomed investment in the future economic prosperity of Scotland’s Island communities as representatives of the UK and Scottish governments today (Wednesday 17 March) joined Leaders of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Orkney Islands Council, and Shetland Island Council to sign the Heads of Terms for the Islands Growth Deal.

Museums warn pandemic risks jeopardising collections and historic buildings (Herald 13/03/21)
MUSEUM bosses have warned the continued impact of the coronavirus pandemic risks jeopardising collections, endangering historic buildings and “devastating staff”.

Opinion & Comment

Podcast: Objectivity and Neutrality in the Archive (John Pelan SCA 23/03/21)

Land reform is happening (SLC 22/03/21)

Tackling land market failures is essential to getting more homes built in Scotland (SLC 18/03/21)

Podcast: Reflecting Value: a new podcast (Centre for Cultural Value 17/03/21)

Scotland’s Land Market: Time to Reform (SLC 16/03/21)

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-35724: Annie Wells, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/03/2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the total number of homes built under the affordable housing programme from the start of the current parliamentary session.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (11/03/2021)

Question S5W-35759: Neil Findlay, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/03/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what meetings it has had with the (a) energy, (b) house building, (c) environment and (d) community sectors regarding the national developments to be incorporated in the National Planning Framework 4.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (12/03/2021)

Question S5W-35760: Neil Findlay, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/03/2021
To ask Scottish Government what plans it has to meet communities that might be affected by the national developments that will be incorporated in the National Planning Framework 4.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (12/03/2021)

Question S5W-35797: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/03/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what the average award granted by the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund has been.
Answered by Kate Forbes (22/03/2021)

Question S5W-35792: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/03/2021
To ask the Scottish Government how many applications have been made to the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund, also broken down by how many have (a) been approved, (b) been rejected and (c) yet to be processed.
Answered by Kate Forbes (22/03/2021)

Events

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

Moving forward with shared transport and mobility hubs in Scotland
Date & time: Thursday 25 March 4pm to 5pm
Online: GoToWebinar, available on booking.
The event will outline the theory behind Active Travel Hubs, highlighting the elements that can be included and giving examples from Europe. It will then describe a recent application for an Active Travel Hub in Alloa, presented by the case officer, see below. Presentations by: Marian Marsh Senior Development Officer (Scotland) CoMoUK (National charity for the public benefit of shared mobility). CoMoUK is playing a leading role in the UK’s transition to integrated mobility solutions designed for the public good. CoMoUK supports the development of shared modes of transport including car clubs and bike share. Grant Baxter, Principal Planner, is the case officer for the Active Travel Hub planning application at Maple Court, Alloa (20/00273/FULL, approved 25th January 2021).

Herring, Linen and Scotland’s Built Heritage
Date & time: Mon, 29 March 2021, 18:00 – 19:15.
Online.
How can we recognise the legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Empire within Scotland’s Industrial heritage? Exploring Scotland’s role in Empire in the industries that were established within Scotland during the 18th Century. Papers from: Cathy Dagg, Archaeologist and Independent Researcher: Scotland’s North West Coast: Empire, Slavery and the Industrial Revolution; Dr Sally Tuckett, University of Glasgow: Scotland, Linen and Clothing Enslaved People; and Dr Peggy Brunache, Beniba Centre for Slavery Studies, University of Glasgow: Black Women and Caribbean Cultural Resistance During the Slavery Era.

Culture & Business Fund Scotland Roadshows: A source of support for COVID-19 recovery and renewal
Date & time: 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.

The Heritage Dilemma: Making and Breaking World Cities with Loyd Grossman
Date & time: 6pm, Thursday 15th April 2021.
Online: Zoom.
We are delighted that Loyd Grossman, internationally renowned heritage figure, will be delivering the World Heritage Day lecture for 2021. Loyd will discuss the heritage dilemma faced by Edinburgh, where the cost of conserving the heritage rich environment is rising, while revenue from tourism has dropped dramatically.

The Road to COP26 Glasgow: What difference can planners make?
Date & time: 15 April 4pm to 5pm.
Online: GoToWebinar, available on booking.
The global challenges which COP26 will grapple with translate into important challenges for planners. COP26 is billed as the last chance to take climate action. Related to this, spatial planning must support sustainable economic recovery while tackling inequality, accelerate progress towards net zero carbon, build resilience, and reverse habitat and biodiversity loss. As Glasgow prepares to host COP26, this event brings together two speakers: Kit England (Climate Ready Clyde Manager) is currently leading on the development of Glasgow City Region’s first Climate Adaptation Strategy (CAS). Gerard O’Brien (Architecture & Design Scotland Senior Design officer) has worked across Scotland on the ADS Designing for a Changing Climate: Creating Carbon Conscious Places programme.

Archaeology in Schools: An interdisciplinary approach. Prehistoric Rock Art CPD session
Date & time: Wednesday 21 April, 4.00pm – 5.30pm.
Online: Microsoft Teams.
An online CPD event suited to teachers, educators, YAC leaders, youth group leaders, community archaeologists and hertiage education professionals. This session aims to support participants in using archaeology as an inspiration for interdisciplinary learning projects for children and young people – both inside and outside the classroom. You’ll hear from professional archaeologists, school teachers and the Archaeology Scotland learning team, who’ll guide you through resources, case studies and practical activities you can use with second and third level pupils – all linked to prehistoric rock art.

Reinventing Inverness Castle
Date & time: 6th May 4pm to 5pm.
Online:  GoToWebinar, available on booking.
The A-listed Inverness Castle is being transformed from two court-houses into the main tourist-hub/visitor-centre/venue for the Highlands. C20 interventions are being stripped-out to expose the original layout and fabric, then the building will be sensitively re-invented for C21 flexible uses. A contemporary link building will join the two main towers and a new (all-abilities access) roof-terrace installed. Extensive re-landscaping will transform the public realm and setting to Inverness’ prime landmark building.

Scotland’s first community owned Passivhaus scheme, Closeburn
Date & time: 20th May 4pm to 5pm.
Online: GoToWebinar, available on booking.
Nith Valley Leaf Trust, a Community Development Trust, has delivered three passive certified houses with the support of South of Scotland Community Housing (SOSCH). The presentation will explain how the project was planned, delivered and outcomes achieved, ensuring that identified local needs and objectives were translated into affordable, energy efficient homes in community ownership. The project recently won the SURF award for Best Practice in Community Regeneration in the “Housing and Regeneration” category. Speakers are Mike Staples from South of Scotland Community Housing and Jackob Kaye from Nith Valley Leaf Trust.

Training

The Need for Old Buildings to Breathe Re-Examined (David Wiggins)
Date & time: 12noon 27th April 2021. £25.
Online: zoom webinar.
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.

Architectural Conservation CPD: Design and Retrofit on the Gannochy Estate
Date & time: Wednesday 28 April, 12:30-13:30 (log-on with light refreshments from 12:15).
Venue: Online via 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. Whether you are starting out in a buildings related career, looking to refresh your conservation knowledge, encounter historic buildings as part of your work portfolio, or have limited knowledge, this is the CPD programme for you. Sessions are recognised CPD by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Vacancies

Invitation to Tender: State of Glasgow’s Historic Environment Snapshot Study and Community Engagement Activities
Glasgow City Heritage Trust wishes to engage a suitable Scotland-based professional to update our Snapshot studies into the state of Glasgow’s historic built environment, assist with raising awareness of the city’s Buildings at Risk, and engage with communities about their perceptions of the city’s built heritage and the challenges and opportunities it presents.
Deadline to submit: 9am, 26th March 2021.

Research Officer
Historic Environment Scotland are seeking a Research Officer. The Research Officer post sits within the organisation’s Development & Partnership directorate, which has a remit that includes strategy and policy development, research, international working, community engagement, fundraising, and delivery of Our Place in Time – a strategy that sets out a 10 year vision for the historic environment of Scotland to 2024.
Closing Date: 31 March 2021 at midday.

World Heritage UK seeks new General Manager
Are you the person to take the UK’s World Heritage Sites forward? World Heritage UK is an organisation set up in 2015 to undertake networking, advocacy and promotion for the UK’s 32 outstanding World Heritage Sites. The post arises out of a recently completed resilience project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and will provide an opportunity for someone who has a background in heritage and business development to manage the day-to-day operations and help shape the organisation for a secure future.
Closing date for applications is midday 8th April, 2021.

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BEFS News

In Spring, BEFS will be saying a fond farewell to Director, Euan Leitch, as he takes up a new role as Chief Executive of SURF – Scotland’s Regeneration Forum. We are glad to see that Euan will be continuing his work in the built environment and wish him all the best in his new post.

Today, BEFS Board are delighted to announce that Ailsa Macfarlane has been appointed as BEFS Director from May 2021. Ailsa joined BEFS as the Policy & Strategy Manager in 2017, having previously managed the Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage project and worked for Museums Galleries Scotland. BEFS Board and Team look forward to working with Ailsa in her new capacity.

Following Ailsa’s appointment, BEFS is seeking a new Policy and Strategy Manager. The role involves engaging with BEFS members on strategic policy and legislative developments relating to Scotland’s built environment; informing members of strategic policy developments; co-ordinating views; and promoting these through consultation responses and legislative opportunities. We are seeking the right individual, who enjoys strategic thinking, the detail of policy consultations, and is highly self-motivated, to fit into a small friendly team. The deadline for applications is noon on Tuesday 6th April 2021. More details here.

A coalition of Scotland’s leading experts on the built environment, including BEFS and members, have issued a joint statement calling on new ways of working that embed resilience into how our places function and develop over time. The next Scottish Government must co-ordinate legislation, strategies and funding if its vision of a sustainable, resilient and inclusive future is to be achieved. There must be a shift from overlapping and disjointed strategies to complementarity and synergised policy making and from an opportunistic, reactive approach to development, to a planned, proactive approach. Read the full press release for more details and the joint statement here.

Applications for Round 4 of Rebuilding Heritage opens today (11 March)! Rebuilding Heritage is a UK-wide free support programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to help the heritage sector respond to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme is providing free 121 and group support for individuals and organisations (including voluntary organisations) in the heritage sector. Find out more.

The Architecture Fringe has launched its open call for self-directed work for this year’s festival under the thematic provocation of (Un)Learning. This fifth edition of the Scotland-wide festival will take place 04-20 June 2021. The (Un)Learning provocation invites contributors to reflect upon the systems and structures that we have built to bring order to our lives but which, too often, are destroying us and life on Earth. The festival asks participants to interrogate their own behaviours, beliefs and biases in order to acknowledge how the world really is to then reimagine how it could be.

Consultations

Clyde Mission Call for Ideas
Opened 1 March and closes 29 March 2021.

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

Mediation in Planning
Closes 12 Mar 2021.

Draft Public Engagement Strategy for Climate Change
Closes 31 Mar 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.

Publications

Scottish Tourism and Covid-19 (SPICe 08/03/21)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): building work verification guidance – letter from the Planning Minister (SG 04/03/21)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): duration of building warrant – guidance addendum – letter from Planning Minister (SG 04/03/21)

Community Empowerment: Taking Stock of Participation Requests and Asset Transfers Four Years On (LGCC 26/02/2021)

Council on Training in Architectural Conservation – Insight 1 The Need to Appreciate the Built Heritage Units 1-6 Learning Handbooks and Image Sets (COTAC 03/2021)

Brainstorming Report ‘Culture and the Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities’ (VoC 26/02/2021)

The Heritage Recovery Plan (HEF 10/02/2021)

Skills in Planning Publication (Partners in Planning 02/2021)

Council on Training in Architectural Conservation – Study 3 BIM4C Integrating HBIM Framework Report Illustrative Bibliography (COTAC Revised Edition December 2020)

Council on Training in Architectural Conservation – Study 4 Web-search List of UK + RoI Heritage Courses 2020 (COTAC 2020)

Global Soft Power Index 2021 (Brand Finance 2021)

Centre for Cultural Value – Resource Hub (CfCV 2021)

Togetherness – A New Heritage Deal for Europe (EIB 2020)

Scottish Government News Releases

Action on rented homes (SG 10/03/21)
A new strategy for Scotland’s rented sector will improve accessibility, affordability and standards, as part of a new 20 year route map for housing to be published next week.

FM: COP26 is our best chance to address climate change (SG 09/03/21)
COP26 is the international community’s best, perhaps only, chance to address the threat of climate change, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Scottish Parliament election (SG 02/03/21)
The safety of campaigners, election workers and the public is central to plans for the Scottish Parliament election, Parliamentary Business Minister Graeme Dey has said.

News Releases

IHBC’s Marsh Awards: Your chance to nominate ‘successful learners’ (09/03/21)
The closing date approaches for the IHBC’s Marsh Award for ‘successful learning in heritage skills’, with a prize that includes £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s Brighton 2021 Annual School, and with nominations closing on 31 March.

‘Committee on COP26’ scrutiny arrangements with COP President Designate Alok Sharma (UKP 05/03/21)
Nine cross-party select committees will scrutinise preparations for the COP26 climate summit, due to be held in Glasgow in November.

Urgent action is needed if Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets are to be met (SP 04/03/21)
Urgent action across all sectors is essential if Scotland’s ambitious climate and net zero emissions targets are to be met, according to the reports of four Holyrood Committees published today.

Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy publishes 5-year review of ground-breaking work (HES 04/03/2021)
Scottish archaeology marked a significant milestone this week as the Five-Year Review of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy was published.

Builders’ Budget plea: cut VAT on home repairs, says FMB and RICS (FMB 01/03/2021)
A VAT cut on home improvement works from 20% to 5% for a temporary five year period would generate an economic stimulus worth £51 billion and create 345,000 new jobs, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

My Place Awards 2021 Entry Deadline Extended (SCT 03/2021)
The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality. The Awards are a great opportunity to showcase a project’s success to the community, stakeholders and funders by receiving much-deserved exposure and media attention. Entry deadline: 29th August 2021.

The Prime Minister has appointed Dr Simon Thurley CBE as Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The National Lottery Heritage Fund (DCMS 25/02/2021)
Dr Simon Thurley CBE has been appointed as Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The National Lottery Heritage Fund for a three year period from 01 April 2021 until 31 March 2024.

Resource round-up: Climate crisis response (SCT 23/02/2021)
Our heritage and its built environment are facing serious risks as the climate emergency continues to grow. As part of our Climate Crisis Response, we release a regular round-up of newly released climate crisis resources for heritage.

New research will demonstrate benefit of culture and heritage to society (DCMS 21/01/2021)
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

Eco-homes become hot property in UK’s zero-carbon ‘paradigm shift’ (Guardian 06/03/2021)

Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy: Five Years, Five Aims, Five Highlights (HES 04/03/2021)

Why can’t we build better quality homes in Britain? (The Times 28/02/2021)

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-35759: Neil Findlay, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/03/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what meetings it has had with the (a) energy, (b) house building, (c) environment and (d) community sectors regarding the national developments to be incorporated in the National Planning Framework 4.

Question S5W-35760: Neil Findlay, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/03/2021
To ask Scottish Government what plans it has to meet communities that might be affected by the national developments that will be incorporated in the National Planning Framework 4.

Question S5W-35724: Annie Wells, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/03/2021
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the total number of homes built under the affordable housing programme from the start of the current parliamentary session.

Question S5W-35792: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/03/2021
To ask the Scottish Government how many applications have been made to the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund, also broken down by how many have (a) been approved, (b) been rejected and (c) yet to be processed.

Question S5W-35797: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/03/2021
To ask the Scottish Government what the average award granted by the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund has been.

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-35501: Pauline McNeill, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/02/2021
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the UK Government extending the Stamp Duty holiday until July 2021, what plans it has to take similar action regarding the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT).
Answered by Ivan McKee (04/03/2021)

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.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (01/03/2021)

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.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (01/03/2021)

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.
Answered by Roseanna Cunningham (24/02/2021)

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.
Answered by Kevin Stewart (22/02/2021)

Events

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

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.

Architecture and Design Scotland: Corporate Strategy 2021-31 Launch
Date & time: Thursday 18 March 11 am.
Online.
Architecture and Design Scotland will host an online event to mark the launch of a new Corporate Strategy. This event will outline how the A&DS strategy will help support more people working together to make decisions on the future of their places.

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 groups 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 etc. Come along to hear case studies from our speakers and put your questions to them.

Your Career in Conservation 
Dates & times: 22nd – 24th March | 10:30am – 4:00 pm.
Online Conference.
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. Workshops will be led by: CARE, Icon, IHBC, RIAS, RICS.

Moving forward with shared transport and mobility hubs in Scotland
Date & time: 25 March 4pm – 5pm
Online: GoToWebinar – log on details available on event booking.
The event will outline the theory behind Active Travel Hubs, highlighting the elements that can be included and giving examples from Europe. It will then describe a recent application for an Active Travel Hub in Alloa, presented by the case officer. Presentations by 1) Marian Marsh Senior Development Officer (Scotland) CoMoUK (National charity for the public benefit of shared mobility), 2) Grant Baxter, Principal Planner, is the case officer for the Active Travel Hub planning application at Maple Court, Alloa (20/00273/FULL, approved 25th January 2021).

Legacy giving. Now is the time – if you do it right. Learn how to! )
Date & time: 25 March 2021, 11:00 – 15:00  **1 place 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.

Culture & Business Fund Scotland Roadshows: A source of support for COVID-19 recovery and renewal
Date & time: 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.

Mark Turnbull Travel Award Presentations– Climate Change Innovations: Food and Flood Resilience and Making Room for Social Spaces
Date & time: 6.15 -7.15pm 21st April 2021
The speakers include: 1) Samuel Cortis: Joint Winner of Mark Turnbull Travel Award: Making Room for Social Spaces; an exploration of how community focused and managed landscapes can shape development strategies for Scotland 2) Dr Amber Roberts: Joint Winner of Mark Turnbull Travel Award – Food and Flood Resilience: Climate Change Innovations – Learning from Europe 3) René Sommer Lindsay – Senior Urban Designer and Climate Resilience consultant. Placemaking infrastructure for resilient, sustainable, liveable cities and communities.

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.

Reinventing Inverness Castle
Date & time: 6 May 4pm to 5pm
Online: GoToWebinar – log on details available on event booking
The A-listed Inverness Castle is being transformed from two court-houses into the main tourist-hub/visitor-centre/venue for the Highlands. C20 interventions are being stripped-out to expose the original layout and fabric, then the building will be sensitively re-invented for C21 flexible uses. A contemporary link building will join the two main towers and a new (all-abilities access) roof-terrace installed. Extensive re-landscaping will transform the public realm and setting to Inverness’ prime landmark building.

IHBC Annual School 2021 Brighton: Historic Places, People Places – Making the best of the places we have today, for those who live with them tomorrow
Dates: 17 – 18 June 2021.
All places have history – in landscapes, built fabric and memories – and that history shapes how people live, use and work with them, today and in the future. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, billions of pounds were being invested to support struggling urban and rural places, old and new, and their surrounding areas. Not only has the pandemic exacerbated these familiar problems, but it has also highlighted new ones. The IHBC’s Brighton 2021 School will address these and related challenges, seeking data, connecting thinking and shaping solutions.

Training

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.

Architectural Conservation CPD: Historic Shopfronts
Date & time: Wednesday 26 May, 12:30-13:30 (log-on from 12:15)
Online via Microsoft Teams, streamed live from Lower City Mills, Perth.
Marking 10 years since ‘The Historic Shopfronts of Perth’ was published, the second session in the 2020 CPD programme is a historic shopfront feature delivered by shopfronts expert Lindsay Lennie. Whether you are starting out in a buildings related career, looking to refresh your conservation knowledge, encounter historic buildings as part of your work portfolio, or have limited knowledge of the best conservation practice to employ on a project involving traditionally constructed buildings, this is the CPD programme for you. Sessions are recognised CPD by the IHBC and Scottish Traditional Building Forum (STBF).

Vacancies

National Covid Memorial – Commission for Artistic Engagement Process
greenspace scotland (on behalf of The Herald Covid Memorial Steering Group) is seeking to commission an artist/artistic partnership to engage creatively with communities (both geographic and of interest) to co-design an artistic statement and concept to inform the development of a National Covid Memorial in Pollok Country Park, Glasgow and that could be utilised by communities and other organisations in greenspaces across Scotland.
Expressions of interest are required by noon on Friday 19 March 2021.

Invitation to Tender: Review of Governance, Strategic Priorities and Plans
Inverness City Heritage Trust (ICHT) proposes to commission a consultancy review of its governance and management structures, financial management, operational priorities and business plans.
Deadline for receipt of tender submissions: 31 March 2021.

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BEFS News

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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