EH: How do you ensure that new developments fit in & are sensitive to their historic area? Building in Context is a training programme for local authorities run jointly by English Heritage and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).
Training events are run to provide local authorities with advice on managing change to our historic built environment and the decisions taken at local level on individual applications for development, exchanging best practice through case studies to improve decision making.
Previously the Building in Context training events & toolkit were aimed primarily at councillors (specifically Heritage & Design Champions) involved in making planning decisions. Now the audience is being widened to local authority officers. In addition to widening the audience, the way training events are run is also changing.
If local authorities want a workshop run in their area, or to run a training event themselves, it is now easier to arrange through the revised website. Training events can be requested, resources downloaded and more information found via the website: www.building-in-context.org.
ESRC: The British Inter-university China Centre (BICC), (a collaboration between Oxford, Manchester and Bristol Universities (funded by a £5m grant under the government’s ‘Language-Based Area Studies’ scheme), is to hold a major international conference in London & Manchester on 27-29 November 2009 looking at China’s changing role in the political world.
The conference will consist of a series of round table sessions featuring international experts on 27 November, to be held at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London, followed by a day of academic panels to be held at ManchesterUniversity on 28 November, before a series of language workshops on 29 November.