HTF Publications

Since 1990 the Forum has released many guidance publications; below you will see the full list available.  

All the publications (except Building Confidence in High Quality Design) are now available for HTF Members to download for free.  HTF Members wishing to purchase a hard copy of publications will receive a 25% discount (12.5% for Reciprocal and Associate Members).

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Community Engagement
Community Engagement Update
Published June 2013
Effective community and stakeholder engagement, involvement can bring real benefits in terms of promoting, managing and regenerating heritage. But specialist skills are required to do it properly. Where community engagement is undertaken without such skills, it is often tokenistic or ineffective and can have damaging consequences.
Heritage Law Update
Heritage Law Update
Published March 2013
This briefing note identifies the principal changes to the Heritage Protection Regime since May 2010 and lists those proposals which are intended to be implemented shortly. Readers seeking a comprehensive review of the current system are referred to the English Heritage ‘Guide to Heritage Protection in England’ which is a helpful on-line source. This note relates specifically to the situation in England.
Heritage Law Update
Heritage Law Update
Published March 2013
This briefing note identifies the principal changes to the Heritage Protection Regime since May 2010 and lists those proposals which are intended to be implemented shortly. Readers seeking a comprehensive review of the current system are referred to the English Heritage ‘Guide to Heritage Protection in England’ which is a helpful on-line source. This note relates specifically to the situation in England.
Planning for Growth in Historic Towns and Cities - National Planning Policy Framework
Published: October 2012
This guide should be of interest and help to anyone working with the NPPF and the historic built environment.
Making Better Planning Applications for Listed Building Consent
Making Better Applications for Listed Building Consent
First Published: October 2005 and Revised in February 2012
The advice in this document applies to all types of Listed Buildings and should help you, or your agent, to avoid common mistakes and omissions, which can result in delay or misunderstanding details in your application.
Saving energy: a guide for owners of historic homes
Published: December 2011
An HTF project in conjunction with The Prince’s Regeneration Trust and 4th year UWE architecture and planning student Heidi Tremlett, has produced a useful guidance leaflet to show how historic home owners can reduce CO2 emissions in their homes.
Research into the use of Article 4 DirectionsResearch into the use of Article 4 Directions
Published: October 2008
RPS Planning was commissioned by the Forum to undertake research into the use of article 4 directions by English local planning authorities.
Manual for Historic Streets
Manual for Historic Streets
Published: April 2008
This document brings together a collection of articles by experts in both the theory and practice of good streetscape management.
Focus on Retail
Focus on Retail
Published: March 2008
Focus on Retail provides both theoretical and practical background and advice to promote good practice in retail planning and development that will enhance historic places.
Focus on Housing Growth, Case Study - ElyFocus on Housing Growth - Case Study: Ely
Published: October 2006
This publication follows on from the EHTF conference held in Ely in December 2004 - 'Focus on Managing Rapid Growth in Historic Towns'. It shares some of the work that has been carried out in Ely to accommodate rapid growth, so that those facing similar problems may benefit from the experience.
Focus on Tourism
Focus on Tourism
Published: February 2006
Focus on Tourism sets out EHTF's vision for tourism in historic towns based on reconciling the sometimes competing demands of residents, environment, business and visitors.
Retail Development in Historic Areas
Retail Development in Historic Areas
Published: December 2005
This publication presents case studies that demonstrate how new retail development can be provided successfully and profitably while protecting the historic character of its setting, and introducing buildings that enhance this character.

Investing in Heritage

Investing in Heritage
Published: October 2004
This is a brief account of the experience of a small town's success in attracting funding and the delivery of projects on the ground.

Building Confidence in High Quality Design CD Rom

Building Confidence in High Quality Design
Published: August 2004
This CD is intended to help people involved in the planning process to achieve better outcomes in terms of architecture and uban design. It summarises and draws lessons from a series of seminars held in the north west of England during spring 2004.
Focus on the Public Realm
Focus on the Public Realm
Published: October 2003
This publication identifies the issues surrounding management of the public realm in our historic towns and cities, looking at the problems and highlighting examples of good practice.
Research into the use of Article 4 Directions
Making Better Applications
Published: October 2003
This guide will help everyone who is involved in making planning applications, particularly for those wishing to extend an existing dwelling, or build one or two houses.
 
Historic Core Zones Project Review
The Historic Core Zones Project Review
Published: May 2003
Managing traffic in historic towns is an issue which has been close to the heart of the Forum and its members for a number of years.  This report views the success of the projects highlighted in The Historic Core Zones Project Report.
Code of Practice for Coach-Based Tourism
Code of Practice for Coach-Based Tourism
Published: March 2002
This Code of Practice shows how positive co-operation can be turned into effective management.
Archaeology in Historic Towns
Archaeology in Historic Towns - A Practical Guide
Published: April 2000
This guidance paper is aimed at those individuals who need to take account of archaeological issues in their day to day work, but who are not archaeologists and who have not had any archaeological training.
Historic Core Zones Project Review
The Historic Core Zones Project Report
Published: November 1999
The Historic Core Zone schemes in Bury St Edmunds, Halifax, Lincoln and Shrewsbury exemplify a better approach to traffic control.
Making the Connections
Making the Connections - a practical guide to tourism management in historic towns
Published: July 1999
Making the Connections is for everyone whose work has an impact on tourism - marketeers, engineers, planners, consultants, politicians and business operators. For those people who are new to tourism management it is a fundamental guide; for experienced practitioners it offers refreshing insights and case studies.
Bus-based Park & Ride
Bus-based Park & Ride
Published: July 1999
The 2nd edition of this guide gives design advice and a commentary on planning matters.  It also looks at the wider impacts of Park & Ride, including research on its effect on travel patterns and technological changes.
Transport Demand Management
Published: 1999
This Guide to Practice has been produced by the Forum to meet the requirements of its members and other Local Authorities throughout England for some straightforward guidance on the application of demand management techniques and measures in the special environment of the historic town.
Conservation Area Management
Conservation Area Management
Published: July 1998
This publication gives easily accessible guidance and provides examples of what needs to be done to preserve and enhance areas of special architectural or historic interest. 
Retail Guidance
Retail Guidance
Published: April 1997
This set of detailed topic papers provides specialised guidance on specific retail issues.  It is aimed at those who are involved at a detailed level in retail planning.
Retail Guidance (Executive Summary)
Retail Guidance (Executive Summary)
Published: April 1997
This Executive Summary is targeted at those who are not involved in detail in retail issues.
Traffic in Historic Town Centres
Traffic in Historic Town Centres
Published: June 1994
This report considers working practices in this country and on the continent.  It highlights a need for government departments to work more closely together and identifies some areas where changes would assist in achieving both conservation and traffic objectives.
Traffic in Historic Town Centres
Traffic in Townscape - Ideas from Europe
Published: 1994

This document seeks to assist traffic engineers and urban designers working together.  It is also intended to be useful to people concerned with the amenity of their own town or village.

Shopfront Security
Shopfront Security Report
Published: 1994
The document offers sound advice to all those who have a responsibility for combating crime in shops and around shopping centres.  
 
Getting it right front cover Getting it Right
Published: January 1994
This guide sets out to help historic towns and other sensitive destinations coexist with tourism, an industry with a turnover of £30 billion, contributing four per cent of the GNP and supporting close on one and a half million jobs.
Book of Details & Good Practice in Shopfront Design
Details of Good Practice in Shopfront Design
Published: September 1993
This document is intended to act as a forum for discussion and co-operation between local authorities and retailers, with the ultimate aim of improving the environmental quality of traditional shopping centres.
Traffic Measures in Historic Towns
Traffic Measures in Historic Towns: An Introduction to Good Practice
Published: 1993
This document illustrates some of the ways in which traffic measures can respect and enhance an historic town's character.
 
Shopfronts and Avertisements in Historic Towns
Townscape in Trouble
Published: March 1992
This Report is produced at a time when there is growing interest in the need to protect the natural environment and this has been reflected in a number of new Governmental initiatives and regulations. 
Shopfronts and Avertisements in Historic Towns
Shopfronts and Adverts in Historic Towns
Published: April 1991
This document is intended to act as a forum for discussion and co-operation between local authorities and retailers, with the ultimate aim of improving the environmental quality of traditional shopping centres.