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Is there a Conservation Area in Dunbar?

Yes. Most of the older parts of Dunbar, though not all, are in the Dunbar Conservation Area [1] Dunbar has one of  30 conservation areas in East Lothian, which sounds like quite an achievement, but there are 600 in Scotland. Planning authorities designate Conservation Areas in Scotland, which have a combination of special architectural and…

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Walter Robertson Architect

Dunbar Post Office by Walter Robertson A new Post Office for Dunbar was commissioned by HM Public Works and completed in 1904. The Post Office, now numbers 32 and 32a High Street, Dunbar is attributed to the eminent public works architect Walter Wood Robertson, notable for contributions that include the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. Of…

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Buildings at Risk: Toolkit

The Buildings at Risk Toolkit is part of an initiative funded by Historic Scotland and managed by The Architectural Heritage Fund. It explores and guides on ways to tackle Scotland’s most endangered historic buildings. The Toolkit comprises advice on a range of matters relating to buildings at risk and should be of value to anyone…

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Old Buildings Free Technical Advice Line

Call the Technical Advice Line on 020 7456 0916. Weekdays 9.30am-12.30pm https://www.spab.org.uk/advice/technical-advice-line The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings’ (SPAM) advice line is a free and confidential service open to anyone with a technical enquiry relating to old buildings. Helpline advisors are qualified building surveyors and architects who answer over 1000 calls a year…

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Looking to buy a listed home?

Maintaining, altering or renovating a listed home? Looking to buy one? Check out the The Scottish Listed Property Show. Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Saturday 26 October 2019 9am – 5pm Entry £10 or free to members (£48/a) If you’re of a romantic and purist disposition (cf. William Morris) or have just found a sleeping beauty I…

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No Way Jose!

Unfortunately UK Government has responded to the petition calling for a reduction of VAT to 5% on approved repairs to listed buildings with a flat: “No Way Jose!”, neglecting to mention the devolved arrangements for heritage in Scotland. But anyway losing £2.5b is a sizeable amount. In context over the past year, Historic England has…

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Sign here to reduce VAT to 5% on repairs & alterations to listed buildings

Private listed property owners are preserving much of our built heritage for future generations, yet many may be struggling to maintain and repair their homes. In 2012, the UK Government removed the zero rate of VAT for pre-authorised alterations to listed buildings. This may have been a blow to owners, but chances are you didn’t…

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Dunbar Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme – Are you interested?

East Lothian Council has the opportunity to bid for regeneration funding for Dunbar. If successful, the funds would be used to establish a Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) providing building repair grants to help improve properties in the area.

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Live in a listed building?

Don’t know much about its history? Plagued by a damp issue? Want to know why lime is better than quick fix cement? If you are maintaining, altering or renovating your listed home – or looking to buy one – The Scottish Listed Property Show may well be for you. One day for just a tenner…

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SOS Dunbar Conservation Area

I received this in my inbox yesterday. I’ve been banging on about these issues since moving here in 2008 and got pretty much nowhere, so obviously welcome this proposal, at least in principle. I’m getting in touch to let you know about an upcoming opportunity to get involved in discussions around ideas for addressing seemingly…