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Pargetting in Modern Times

                    The traditional art of pargetting need not display oldyworldy motifs or emblems. It can reflect the interests of a traditional building’s current occupants. This bravura example from Colchester is on the exterior of a building which was once, in the recent past, a motorcycle showroom. […]

Simple additions can cost dearly… not so sustainable.

      Take heed, local planning authorities have the right to prosecute building owners for failure to comply with listed building enforcement notice. In this case, the building owner was fined ¬£400 and ordered to pay court costs, and also ordered to reverse and make good unauthorised works. Before any major alteration takes place, […]

Heritage seminars in Ipswich

  It’s fine time we had some attention and focus on heritage here in Suffolk, so I’m particularly excited to learn of the announcement by UCS Heritage of a series of lectures and seminars to be put on in Ipswich, and conveniently next to my office! It’ll be interesting to find out about the […]

Need I say more?

Hacheston Solar Farm

Nation Planning Policy Framework and Local Development

Assets of Community Value, a new listing system?

Regeneration of Historic Assets for Social Benefit

Localism, a Future for Heritage?

Assets of Community Value

Trimley Station

Redundancy to Regeneration,Saved From Demolition

Where now for heritage?

Nobody seems to know what real impacts the National Planning Policy Framework will have on heritage and the historic environment. The heated argument and opinion from both camps will resolve and continue beyond any emerging case law and set precedents (which will benefit¬† and enrich lawyers and barristers). It seems that planners’ and heritage professionals’ […]

Fire and thatch, a burning issue

I thought that installing a woodburning stove in your timber framed, thatched cottage would’ve meant making a safer environment by enclosing naked flames within a box. Not so… alarming figures and published research has shown that conflagrations have increased significantly since the recent trend of installing wood stoves. During a day hosted by Suffolk Preservation […]

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