April newsletter

Historic Towns Forum Newsletter

Director's Message April 2012

NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK
Historic Towns Forum says NPPF is better than it might have been
Reactions to the NPPF published on 27 March
Confusion over NPPF helpline - aim is to advise on process rather than what the policy means
The NPPF: planning for growth in our historic towns and cities

BUDGET
Legacy10: Leave 10% of estate to charity and claim 4% tax reduction
20% VAT on alterations to Listed Buildings

TOURISM
Discovering Places Heritage Toolkit
Register events on the Culture24/BBC Things to Do website

HIGH STREETS AND TOWN CENTRES
Why not a toolkit approach for Reviving our High Streets?
£10 Million High Street Innovation Fund to be shared between 100 Local Authorities
Government response to Portas Review is published
Look! St Albans – local design guidance in the making

EVENTS AND SEMINARS
Access and Activity – Creating successful town centre and local economies – 26 April 2012
Community Asset Transfer - 31 May 2012
The NPPF: planning for growth in our historic towns and cities - implications, instigation and information - 20 June 2012

UPDATES, TOOLKITS AND MORE NEWS
Apply now for the English Heritage 2012 Heritage Angel Awards
English Heritage examines crime to historic buildings crime
Planning Aid England now funded to end of July
European Regional Development Fund Inquiry
Planning departments finance supplemented by voluntary fees
The DCMS red tape challenge
HTF Director appointed as Trustee to the Battlefields Trust

UPCOMING CONSULTATIONS
Consultation on changes to the Building Regulations in England (DCLG) Deadline - 27 April 2012
VAT: Addressing Borderline Anomalies (HMRC) Deadline - 4 May 2012
The Gift Aid small donations scheme (HMRC) Deadline - 25 May 2012
Guidance on associated development: Applications for major infrastructure projects under the Planning Act 2008 - Consultation (DCLG) Deadline - 6 July 2012
Planning Act 2008: Consultation on proposed changes to the suite of guidance documents for the major infrastructure planning regime (DCLG) Deadline - 6 July 2012
Planning Act 2008: Guidance for the examination of applications for development consent for nationally significant infrastructure projects - Consultation (DCLG) Deadline - 6 July 2012
Planning Act 2008: Guidance on the pre-application process - Consultation (DCLG) Deadline - 6 July 2012

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