Annual Conference addresses climate change issues
An apposite message from HRH The Prince of Wales to the delegates and several excellent presentations addressing the challenges of climate change on our towns and cities made this year’s HTF Annual Conference in Oxford a great success. View the conference report
DCMS Business Plan
The DCMS Business Plan was published this month and sets out the Coalition Government’s vision for its sectors and structural reform priorities for 2011 to 2015. Heritage is covered largely under B) Coalition Priorities … read more
The future of CABE
CABE is working with Government and others to try to find a way to ensure the kind of expert, impartial design advice for which it has been known remains available to councils, communities and developers across the country. CABE’s practical advice on urban design and public space is greatly valued by HTF and the Forum looks forward to continued guidance for the practitioners working in the historic urban built environment … read more
Lotto boosts heritage income
From 2012 the original ‘Lotto good causes’ of arts, sport and heritage will again receive a share of lottery proceeds amounting to an extra £50 million per annum … read more
UK wide - heritage really counts
Prosperity and conserving our heritage go hand in hand. That has always been the message of the Historic Towns Forum, which warmly welcomes the confirmation of this in Heritage Counts 2010 … read more
Charter for Community Engagement
An outcome of the HTF conference ‘Achieving added value through community engagement’ has been to develop a Charter for Community Engagement to demonstrate the benefits of well considered engagement and participation and to identify and disseminate good practice. Record your contribution to the charter here
Feature Member: Blue Sail
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Local Enterprise Partnerships
On 28 October Government announced 24 partnerships that are now ready to move forward and establish their local enterprise partnership boards. Further partnerships will be taken forward after resubmission of proposals. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are joint local authority-business bodies which will replace Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) in order to promote local economic development. It is worth being aware that boards are now being established and that those LEPs moving forward will already have proposals that may encompass elements of local heritage – this is an opportunity for real community engagement! For more on LEPs
Sustainability Appraisals and Refurbishment
Despite claims to the contrary by the development industry, there has been an increasing awareness that reusing existing buildings can be as sustainable as new-build, due in large part to the amount the waste inherent in demolition and the energy required to produce and transport new building materials … read more
The Comprehensive Spending Review
The Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) was announced on 20 October, with cuts to the heritage sector higher than expected. Among the worst of the cuts were a 32% cut for English Heritage, and a 20% cut for the Churches Conservation Trust. CSR states that funded bodies will have to cut back on non-essential services and administration budgets over the Spending Review period.
While this is going to be a difficult time for everyone in the sector, HTF believes we need to pull together as a galvanised unit and find approaches that continue to deliver for, and to protect, our heritage. Increased partnership and community engagement, alternative funding solutions, and maximising public support will be our challenge over the review period … read more
The Setting of Heritage Assets consultation
English Heritage invites views from individuals and organisations on ‘The Setting of Heritage Assets: English Heritage guidance’. The planning policy framework for the historic environment, including policies and guidance on setting, has been provided by Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for the Historic Environment and its supporting Historic Environment Planning Practice Guide, published in March 2010. HTF will respond formally to this in due course. Make your response here by Friday 26 November.
Purple Flag Awards recognise excellence in place management
The Purple Flag award scheme offered by the ATCM, recognises excellence in place management in town & city centres at night, setting standards going forward for managing successful evening economies and benchmarking performance. Historic towns large and small are invited to apply for the purple flag status … read more
News from the Historic Environment Forum (HEF)
The HTF is a member of The Historic Environment Forum (HEF, formerly the Historic Environment Review Executive Committee (HEREC)), which continues to provide a good opportunity to keep up to date on heritage matters and to meet with other representatives from organisations as diverse as the National Trust, the Black Environment Network and the Church Buildings Council. Highlights from the meeting on 1 September
More benefits for HTF Members
At the AGM last month it was agreed that Membership fees should to be frozen for a second year running and that all HTF publications will be made available as free downloads for Members from January 2011. HTF is keen to offer the best possible service; Members will soon be given the opportunity to tell us what you value most as well as what you wish for from your HTF Membership.
2010 Photo Competition Winners
Congratulations to Stephen Pigott the overall winner of the 2010 HTF photo competition with his beautiful winter scene of Kings Staith, York. View all the winning photos selected for the HTF 2011 calendar
Projects for 2011
The main topics we will cover in 2011 will be Tourism, Community Engagement, Climate Change, Sustainability and Transport … read more
HTF is also pleased to support the following events:
Regional Growth Fund
The Government response to the consultation on the Regional Growth Fund is now available
The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister as a £1.4 billion fund to “create the condition for growth and enterprise in the regions by stimulating investment and create sustainable private sector jobs” in order to “unleash the talent and drive that will help the country get back on its feet.” The fund will run over three years, with £1bn available in the first 2 years, with £420m in the third year to ensure strategic management of the fund. Bidding for the first round is now open, and closes on 21 January 2011. Guidance will be published setting out criteria for applications as a project; package of projects; or a programme.