March 2010 Newsletter

Historic Towns Forum Newsletter

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales becomes Patron of the Historic Towns Forum

The Support of The Prince is an important recognition of the Forum which seeks to share best practice across our historic towns and cities supporting those on the ground to do their work better and more efficiently embracing read more

Chair's Foreword

As I think about my first few months as Chair of HTF the word that springs to mind is that of partnership read more

Partners' Dinner

HTF Partners met in London on 23 February at a dinner hosted by Bircham Dyson Bell, to discuss some of the most urgent issues impacting on the historic built environment and read more

IPC goes live on 1 March 2010

‘Practical Guide to National Infrastructure Projects’  written by HTF partner, law firm  Bircham Dyson Bell tells more about the new regime for consenting infrastructure projects read more

Programme of projects and events for 2010

Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans: an issue faced by all historic towns and cities. read more


Local Distinctiveness is the core of a project being carried out in Lincoln read more

With its long and wide experience of tourism in historic towns, the Forum has been asked to participate in a conference to be held in Youghal read more

A review of the planning system, post election: - HTF is planning to partner specialist law firm Bircham Dyson Bell to offer training and advice read more

Retail Development remains an issue for historic towns and cities - ... Cardiff demonstrates read more

Community engagement will be the focus of an event in Chester read more

Climate Change is a subject no-one can the Forum's Annual Conference in Oxford in read more

A visit to the proposed Historic Core Zone in Bradford on Avon read more

New Journal for 2010

2010 sees the launch of a new twice-yearly peer-reviewed journal from Maney Publishing, The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice, an international journal for all those who investigate, conserve and manage the historic environment HTF Members' Offer

Managing Growth

Historic towns and cities are environmentally attractive, offer a good quality of life, are frequently prosperous and are, in varying degrees, models of sustainable development. It is in part a consequence of read more

Capturing Quality in Our Time

A full report of the conference exploring housing growth, held in Cambridge, is available together with the speakers' presentations and more information read more

The Historic Core Zones Model remains a good one!

Bradford on Avon

After more than 12 years since the original project, historic towns are still finding that the principles put forward then are just as - maybe more - relevant today.

In Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire project partners Wiltshire Council and Colin Buchanan have asked HTF for its expertise in a feasibility study.

In Carlisle in Cumbria proposals have been approved for wider pavements, the removal of yellow lines Read more

In Colchester in Essex the need to conserve the historic core has been recognized Read more

PPS15 - where are we now?

After lengthy and vigorous involvement in the consultation process for PPS15, the Forum was disappointed to learn that there would not be further consultation on the final revisions. However, after pressure was brought to bear by HTF and others in the heritage sector this decision is receiving further consideration read more

Managing Heritage Assets for Added Value

Four seminars were held, in Exeter, Manchester, Birmingham and London. They followed a common, five-part format: scene setting by English Heritage regional staff; the work of Heritage Champions; strategic, corporate issues; making effective use of conservation tools; and a local case study and site visit. read more

In this issue

2010 Programme of projects & events
IPC goes live on 1 March 2010
The Historic Core Zones Model remains a good one!
PPS15 - where are we now?
Managing Heritage Assets for Added Value
Park & Ride Survey Update

New Members

For further details visit the Directory of Members.
Ceredigion County Council
Rivermeade Signs
Canaway Fleming Architects
Russell Earnshaw

Park & Ride Survey Update

The Park & Ride survey carried out on behalf of the HTF by RPS last year gave us invaluable information about scheme all over the country read more

Book Review

Living Buildings
Architectural Conservation: Philosophy, Principles and Practice
, Donald Insall