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HTF News - December 2009

The Year Ahead

The uncertainty surrounding PPS15 and the forthcoming general election does not make planning for the coming year easy. However, there are topics which we know are important to Members and there are several which will be on the agenda...

New Members

For further details visit the Directory of Members.

Resin Bonded Surfaces Ltd
Newport Pagnell Town Council

Membership Benefits

Networking across the disciplines and across the sectors, helps to develop working relationships which in turn improves working practices in all fields. This is the Forum's USP - it is the only UK-based organisation which facilitates this exchange. Members receive...

Annual General Meeting '09


The most important decision of the AGM was to appoint a new Chair - Debbie Dance. This break from the tradition of the Forum is seen as an opportunity to open the Membership and to engage with a wider audience...

New Executive Committee Members welcomed

Several new Members were welcomed at the first meeting of the Executive Committee on November 27...

Planning and Protection for Quality Places

The Annual Conference this year looked at heritage protection, heritage assets, conservation areas at risk and the value of townscape, which are all high on the agenda at present. Read the conference report

Scottish Heritage Protection

Many of the same issues which are faced south of the border are challenging Scottish colleagues - the impact of VAT on the care and maintenance of historic buildings in particular. The Built and Historic Environment Summit 2009 held in Glasgow on 3 November engaged representatives of a wide range of heritage organisations and also demonstrated the commitment of Culture Minister Michael Russell MSP. Read more

Exploring Shared Space

Bury St Edmunds Historic Core Zone

Warwickshire County Council is exploring more radical traffic management solutions for some of its historic towns and Read more

Managing Heritage Assets for Added Value

A national seminar series has been developed by the Historic Towns Forum and English Heritage to support those in local authorities responsible for strategic management and policy making. read more

Weathering the Storms

Cambridge Open Space

Our historic environment has seen long hot summers and bitterly cold winters come and go, emerging a little weather beaten into the 21st Century. The Historic Environment Review Committee (HEREC) has now set up a group with a specific remit to coordinate the sector’s response to the climate change agenda. Read more

PPS15 – where are we now?

Following the consultation process which resulted in more than 500 responses, the Government has decided to redraft this Statement. As part of this process English Heritage made some proposals that it invited representatives of heritage organisations read more

Book Reviews

Two books recently published on a topic which will require a great deal of study if we are to maximise the benefits of retaining the existing building stock whilst adapting our practices to meet new challenges.

The Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment Non Domestic Buildings
Planning for Climate Change Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation for Spatial Planners

Earth Wind
Water Fire

Conference proceedings of the Organisation of World Heritage Cities Regional Conference held in Regensburg on 16-18 September 2008 is now available. Download

How to: Write Conservation Reports

An indispensible guide for community groups and local trusts that want to put derelict but historic buildings back into new use has been published by The Prince's Regeneration Trust. Download

Heritage Alliance Welcomed

The National Heritage Debate on 2 Dec, hosted by Heritage Link, announced both a new name -
'The Heritage Alliance' and introduced a new Chair - Loyd Grossman. The audience which represented the wide range of heritage organisations was addressed by MPs from the three major parties. Read about the debate

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