May 2010 Newsletter

Historic Towns Forum Newsletter

The role of retail development in economic regeneration and its impact on historic city centres

St David's 2, Cardiff

Balancing new retail development with historic high streets, arcades and markets is complex but by exploring case studies and identifying good practice it is possible to decide which elements make projects most successful read more

May 2010

Guidance on PPS5

Managing Growth

Conservation Area Awareness

Publication Reviews

Heritage Connect in Lincoln

Calendar Photo Competition

Achieving good design through the planning system

This article focuses on examples of how 'good design' can be achieved through planning, drawing on personal experience gained as part of the team responsible for delivering St David's Dewi Sant in Cardiff. read more

Designing a Historic Core Zone

Bridge Street buildings, Bradford on Avon

Bradford on Avon is an historic market town containing a wealth of interesting features, set in a beautiful position on the River Avon and Kennet and Avon Canal. With a population of some 9,500 it is a relatively small settlement, however it is one of five closely spaced market towns in the ... the town's main economy today is based around ... read more

The value of local distinctiveness

The value of local distinctiveness has been amplified through an HLF/English Heritage funded project with HTF Members Lincoln City Council. Using the latest web-based technologies a range of data including Read more

Optimising tourism in beautiful historic heritage towns


The 'beautiful town' is the essence of what visitors seek in historic towns and what historic heritage towns seek for themselves. Beauty can therefore be a valid object of policy for an historic town. read more

New PPS5 - Planning for the Historic Environment

One of the key features of the new guidance is that it broadens the scope of heritage assets to which it applies in comparison with PPG15. The term "heritage asset" is used to encompass all "valued assets of the historic environment" Read more

Managing Growth

Many historic towns and cities are environmentally attractive and offer a good quality of life. That's the good news. The sometimes not so good news is that they are also facing unprecedented growth. Read more

Avenues, Alleyways and Boulevards (Pt1)

An event by Treework Environmental Practice Further details

Conservation Area Awareness

Are property owners - domestic, retail and business - in your area aware that they are in a Conservation Area, or of the implications of this? It seems many are not and HTF is Read more

A Historic Core Zone - the solution to traffic management in a Historic Town?

Bradford on Avon

The impact of traffic on historic towns has been an issue challenging the Forum for many years, but the principles that were advocated in the Historic Core Zone project are still valued read more

Development in small historic towns: case study - Kingston Mill, Bradford on Avon

Kingston Mill is 6¼ acres at the heart of the historic Woollen Industries town of Bradford on Avon ... it was challenged by technical issues familiar ... Read more

Photo Competition

Following the success of the HTF calendars in 2009 and '10, the competition for images to be included on the 2011 calendar has been launched. The prize for the overall winner, sponsored by Chester Racecourse, will be 2 corporate hospitality tickets for 'The Horse and Jockey' restaurant at Chester Racecourse To enter

Featured Members

Nash Partnership are a regeneration consultancy specialising in growing cultural, environmental and commercial value for the owners of land facing changing economic parameters.

New Members

For further details visit the Directory of Members.
Leicester Civic Society
David Wickerson
Globe Consultants
The Means LLP

Publication Reviews

England's Schools
History, architecture and adaptation.
English Heritage 2010

(Further details / HTF Members' Offer)

Green Guide for Historic Buildings
How to improve the environmental performance of listed and historic buildings.
TSO for The Prince's Regeneration Trust

(Further details / HTF Members' Offer)

Conservation Area Awareness
North West Association of Civic Trusts

(Further details)