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Government Property Agency goes live

Government Property Agency goes live

The Government Property Agency will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Government Estate generating over £1bn of benefits over the next ten years.

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Government fire safety testing programme continues

Government fire safety testing programme continues

The second in the government’s series of fire safety tests of cladding and insulation combinations has been completed.

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First systems test reaffirms actions for landlords

First systems test reaffirms actions for landlords

The first of the ‘systems tests’, assessing the fire safety of whole buildings, has been taking place at Building Research Establishment.

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Ensure that recladding work meets building regulations advises expert panel

Ensure that recladding work meets building regulations advises expert panel

Advice from DCLG has been sent to all building control bodies in England.

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New industry group to ensure construction sector ready to meet building challenges after Grenfell Tower

New industry group to ensure construction sector ready to meet building challenges after Grenfell Tower

A new industry response group made up of government and the construction industry will help ensure the sector can meet the challenges following the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Billion pound connectivity boost to make buffering a thing of the past

Billion pound connectivity boost to make buffering a thing of the past

New Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund will unlock over £1 billion for full fibre broadband across the country.

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Planning Inspectorate publishes annual report and accounts for 2015/16

Planning Inspectorate publishes annual report and accounts for 2015/16

The Planning Inspectorate has today laid its Annual Report and Accounts before Parliament for the period April 2015 to March 2016.

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Government’s ‘central heating for cities’ scheme to bring energy bills down

Government’s ‘central heating for cities’ scheme to bring energy bills down

£320 million will be invested over the next five years in schemes across the country’s towns and cities to take low carbon heat and supply it to keep homes and businesses warm.

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Infrastructure Commission invites submissions on critical infrastructure challenges

Infrastructure Commission invites submissions on critical infrastructure challenges

Call for evidence on northern connectivity, London’s transport infrastructure and energy supply will run until 8th January 2016.

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Camden’s Five Pancras Square wins Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2015

Camden’s Five Pancras Square wins Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2015

A community building has been crowned the winner of the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2015.

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PhD student explores Dounreay industrial heritage

PhD student explores Dounreay industrial heritage

Dounreay has played an enormous part in the shaping of Caithness and North Sutherland’s heritage and will continue to do so for the next decade.

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Transport projects speed ahead in Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2015 shortlist

Transport projects speed ahead in Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2015 shortlist

A record number of projects that aim to improve transport have been shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2015.

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New Inspectors join the Planning Inspectorate

New Inspectors join the Planning Inspectorate

The Planning Inspectorate welcomed 15 new Inspectors who join the organisation to undertake a variety of appeals casework.

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New rules will offer stronger protection against unauthorised occupation

New rules will offer stronger protection against unauthorised occupation

New policy strengthens the hand of councils to tackle unauthorised development and ensures all communities are treated equally.

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National infrastructure pipeline update published

National infrastructure pipeline update published

The pipeline provides an overall picture of planned investment in infrastructure, across both public and private sectors, to 2020 and beyond.

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Coal Authority mining permits online form

Coal Authority mining permits online form

Our new online form allows you to complete a permit application online.

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Planning guidance on Dounreay restoration published

Planning guidance on Dounreay restoration published

Planning guidance that paves the way for future decommissioning and restoration work at Dounreay has been adopted by the Highland Council.

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Planning guidance on Dounreay restoration published

Planning guidance on Dounreay restoration published

Planning guidance that paves the way for future decommissioning and restoration work at Dounreay has been adopted by the Highland Council.

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Planning Inspectorate Delivering positive local planning

Planning Inspectorate   Delivering positive local planning

Adopted local plans provide the framework for development across England.

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Support for churches and cathedrals across the UK announced by Chancellor

Support for churches and cathedrals across the UK announced by Chancellor

Churches and Cathedrals across the UK receive government funding to ensure they are maintained for generations to come.

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Sajid Javid appoints 2 Trustees to Historic Royal Palaces

Sajid Javid appoints 2 Trustees to Historic Royal Palaces

Jane Kennedy and Professor Sir David Cannadine have been appointed Trustees at Historic Royal Palaces for 3 years beginning 19/05/2015.

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Prime Minister appoints new Chair to the Board of the National Heritage Memorial Fund

Prime Minister appoints new Chair to the Board of the National Heritage Memorial Fund

Culture Secretary announces appointment by the Prime Minister of Sir Peter Luff as Chair of the Board that runs both the NHMF and the HLF.

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Infrastructure Act will get Britain building

Infrastructure Act will get Britain building

Infrastructure Act becomes law.

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Lodge at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home receives listed status

Lodge at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home receives listed status

Whittington Lodge is thought to be first purpose-built cattery in England

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Wilfred Owen’s home given special status

Wilfred Owen’s home given special status

Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey lists the Shrewsbury home of war poet Wilfred Owen as government continues to commemorate the First World War Centenary

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24 projects to improve air quality to receive £1 million fund

24 projects to improve air quality to receive £1 million fund

New projects around the UK have been awarded a share of this year's Air Quality grant focusing on reducing emissions from road transport.

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The bottom line for business: save energy, save money.

The bottom line for business: save energy, save money.

By reducing energy consumption by 1 per cent, big businesses could save over £250 million on their energy bills annually.

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Northern Futures Summit

Northern Futures Summit

Nick Clegg hosted the Northern Futures Summit on 6 November 2014 in Leeds, in partnership with Centre for Cities.

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Natural England project shortlisted for Heritage Angels award

Natural England project shortlisted for Heritage Angels award

Work supported by Natural England has been recognised for its efforts to safeguard one of England’s most ‘at risk’ built heritage sites.

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Essex flag flies in the heart of government

Essex flag flies in the heart of government

The flag of Essex will fly this week in the heart of government to celebrate the important role counties play in the nation’s cultural heritage.

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Cathedrals secure £8million for repairs as part of First World War Centenary Fund

Cathedrals secure £8million for repairs as part of First World War Centenary Fund

Second round of grants from the First World War (FWW) Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund announced by Culture Secretary Sajid Javid

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New Model for English Heritage moves a step closer following consultation

New Model for English Heritage moves a step closer following consultation

£88.5 million investment to help it stand alone

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Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2014

Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2014

Medmerry flood defence in Sussex is the winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award.

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More parking for new homes will end ‘vicious cycle of clogged up streets’

More parking for new homes will end ‘vicious cycle of clogged up streets’

Eric Pickles calls for new housing developments to be built with more parking spaces.

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Flags of the Historic Ridings of Yorkshire fly above DCLG's new home

Flags of the Historic Ridings of Yorkshire fly above DCLG's new home

The flags of the North and East Ridings of Yorkshire celebrating the important role they play in the nation’s cultural heritage.

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Yorkshire flag flies in the heart of government

Yorkshire flag flies in the heart of government

Eric Pickles raises the flag of his home county, Yorkshire, outside his department's headquarters.

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St Anne’s flag flies at heart of government

St Anne’s flag flies at heart of government

Eric Pickles raises the flag of St Anne's on the Sea.

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Historic counties day celebrated in the heart of government

Historic counties day celebrated in the heart of government

Eric Pickles raises flag of Cumberland to celebrate historic counties day

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Cathedrals secure £5million for repairs

Cathedrals secure £5million for repairs

Sajid Javid announces cathedrals across England set to receive almost £5 million for urgent repairs in the first round of First World War Centenary Cathedral repair fund grants.

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Proposed development at Smithfield Market turned down

Proposed development at Smithfield Market turned down

Application for the redevelopment of part of Smithfield Market in London refused by ministers.

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Application for an incinerator at New Barnfield turned down

Application for an incinerator at New Barnfield turned down

Ministers turn down an application for an incinerator at New Barnfield in Hertfordshire.

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Three Lions flag gleaming above government office in support of England team

Three Lions flag gleaming above government office in support of England team

The Department for Communities and Local Government shows its support for the England football team by flying the Three Lions flag.

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Infrastructure Bill

Infrastructure Bill

The proposed bill would improve how we fund, plan, manage and maintain our national infrastructure.

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Dorset county honoured as flag flies over government

Dorset county honoured as flag flies over government

Eric Pickles raises the flag of Dorset to celebrate the role counties play in the nation's cultural heritage.

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Historic Middlesex flag flies above Westminster once again

Historic Middlesex flag flies above Westminster once again

Flag of Middlesex raised to celebrate the important role traditional counties play in the nation’s cultural heritage.

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