December 2010 Newsletter

Historic Towns Forum Newsletter

New Director in post

New Director of HTF, Dr Noël James, started in post on 1 November. Noël comes from a research background, and joins HTF with several years’ experience in the heritage sector. She has a particular interest in the built environment and is keen to promote partnership working across all areas of historic towns. Noël gained her Doctorate in Medieval History from the University of York in 1999, and has published widely on Medieval Law, Landscape History, Social History and Historical Geography. In addition she has a business background from 3 years’ work with The Prince’s Trust, and latterly has gained valuable heritage policy experience as Arts and Cultural Policy Advisor at a Regional Development Agency. Read her thoughts on her first month here

December 2010

DCMS Business Plan
The future of CABE
Setting of Heritage Assets
Lotto good causes
Heritage Counts
Purple Flag award
Charter for Community Engagement
Projects for 2011
Regional Growth Fund

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

Blue Sail is a destination consultancy. We help breathe life into places: working with the people who shape them, invest in them, manage and market them.

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:

Historic Buildings 2010, 1 December 2010
The Listed Property Show, 19 – 20 February 2011
Ecobuild 2011, 1 – 3 March 2011

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.