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HTF News - February 2009

First HTF e-news

Welcome to the first HTF e-news. This is a new venture for the Forum and we will be asking you for your opinion - paper news or e-news? Look out for an email and have your say.

Back in the Easy Chair

So….why has the Forum dropped the word 'English'? (Don't tell me you hadn't noticed!).

HTF Events for 2009


Every year the programme of events and projects reflects the issues impacting on the Forum's membership.

This year this topicality will also reflect the current economic environment which gives us an opportunity for ......... Visit the events page

New Members

For further details Members can visit the Directory of Members in the Members Area.

Bassetlaw District Council

Lewes Town Council

The Birmingham Civic Society

Willie Miller Urban Design

Architectural Conservation Professionals

DJC1 Planning Ltd

TKB Southgate Associates

Heritage Zone

Heritage Zone

EAHTR is developing a new an online forum for heritage specialists called ‘Heritage Zone' - funded by the EU Culture Programme. The site is now ready for development and can be found at More details


Heritage Protection or 'Townscape in Trouble'?

Both of these were major issues in 2008: the famous Bill that the Queen had no room for and the Forum's review of the 1992 document that could be said to have started it all - years ago.

Add to these the conclusions that we were able to draw from the research into the use of Article 4 Directions carried out by RPS, and we have a lot of food for thought.

More intelligence on
Park and Ride

Bus based park and ride has been a measure in the transport planners' toolkit for many years and P&R is often seen as an effective measure for reducing car journeys into the central area and for managing the central area parking stock. P&R is a key tool which ties together the urban realm (where unrestrained car use has a negative impact) and the rural realm where the car is the only realistic option.

Smarter Growth and the English country town

Nick Faulk of URBED writes a provocative introduction to the Growth Agenda Conference to be held in Cambridge in April......

Future Retail development –
shops half empty or half full?

The current prospects for future retail developments in our historic towns depend very much on whether you are of the cup half empty or half full persuasion!

The doom and gloom merchants are having a field day. The draft PPS6 proposes to take away the need test thereby undoing all the good work that has been in place since the introduction of PPG6. Will we once more be subject to the march of out of town retail development which many of us fought in vain to resist during those planning ‘wilderness' years of the 1980s?

BREEAM in use

A new BREEAM scheme will help building managers to evaluate the environmental performance of new and existing buildings – and take the most effective action to improve it, reduce energy and other costs, and meet growing stakeholder and legislative demands for greater sustainability.

L and R Consulting

L & R Consulting

is looking for a new
full-time Director.

Several years experience in strategic marketing within tourism or a related field is needed.


is the UK's leading provider of town centre performance measurement through automated pedestrian monitoring.

The National High Street Index

The National High Street Index appears to reflect the performance that has been reported by a number of our major multiple retailers in December 2007. Not unexpectedly...

CIOB promotes good practice

The CIOB has included a conservation category into the Construction Manager of the Year Awards.

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