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February 2012 e-news

Historic Towns Forum Newsletter

Director’s Message
HTF celebrates 25 years!

LOCALISM
How will the Localism Act affect you?
Localism and Planning in a Heritage Context
Historic powers in the Localism Act pass down to communities

TOURISM
New Member WhereWhen sponsors National Tourism Conference - don’t miss it!
The Power of Stories
Seizing the tourism opportunity
Discovering Places to launch a heritage toolkit to help the sector make the most of London 2012
Holidays at Home are GREAT! - a message from VisitEngland CEO
Local MPs invited to visit on Tourism Constituency Day 16 March

HIGH STREETS
Shapps – 12 town centres to become ‘Portas Pilots'
10-point Manifesto for Town Centres and High Streets
Retail, the High Street Review and revivification of historic cores
Street names must reflect view of local people
Love Your Local Market fortnight

Retweet for Towns Day - March 8 2012

EVENTS AND SEMINARS
Listed Property Show 18-19 Feb
Understanding Localism 21 Feb
Culture-Heritage-Tourism: Developing the Product 16 March
Ecobuild 2012 – the future of design, construction and the built environment
Retail, the High Street Review and revivification of historic cores – Bircham Dyson Bell 23 March
Other events supported by HTF

HTF MEMBERSHIP
Historic Environment: Policy & Practice - 30% discount for Members
HTF guidance - Free downloads for Members

UPDATES, TOOLKITS AND MORE NEWS
Update on Listed Building Consent
National Planning Policy Framework Update
£1billion more for Growing Places and New Homes Bonus
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
SAVING A NATIONAL ICON – the Chichester Society would like your help
Communities put in the lead - community engagement toolkit published
DCLG toolkit to support community-led regeneration
Heritage Champions’ welcome pack updated
Local Enterprise Partnerships - update on coverage and statistics
More City Deals on offer
The Green Deal
Connected Digital Economy Catapult
Town Halls to benefit from business rates growth
HTF response to National Heirtage Protection Plan survey
HTF response to Neighbourhood planning regulations CLG consultation
Other HTF consultation reponses

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HTF's 2011 Photo Competition

HTF’s 2011 Photo Competition

Calling all budding photographers!

This year we would like you to submit photographs that demonstrate Localism at work in your community.

Ideas could include community assets, restoration of a public space, local ownership of an historic building and so on.

There is no charge to enter this competition and there is no limit on the number of photos that you can submit.

A shortlist of 12 photographs will be compiled by a panel of judges from HTF's Executive Committee and Directorate.

The 12 shortlisted photos will feature on the 2012 calendar which will be sent to HTF Members and Partners across the UK so please only submit photographs that you would want on your desk!

The 12 final photos will also be displayed online view last year's 12 finalists here.

Prize - The winner will receive one night's dinner, bed and breakfast for two people at a UK Barceló hotel of the winner’s choice (this prize has been kindly donated by Barceló UK), as well as 2 complimentary tickets to the HTF Annual Conference Dinner to be held in York on 20 October 2011, where the winner will be announced.

The 12 finalists will all receive a mounted A4 print of their winning photograph along with a certificate.

The competition closes on 30 September 2011 so don't delay, enter today.

 

July 2011

Historic Towns Forum Update

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Localism Bill update

The Localism Bill has entered into Committee stage in the House of Lords. Line by line examination of the Bill continued during the fifth day of committee stage on 05 July. Amendments discussed covered clauses 68-74 of the Bill. Committee stage recommenced on 07 July with further amendments up for discussion.
Well done to the Heritage Alliance (of which HTF are a member) for their continued briefings to the House of Lords, which have resulted in two tabled amendments for consideration in the Lords’ committee (148AZZA* and 152D*) supporting proposals for recognition of cultural well-being, the balance of public/private investment in neighbourhoods, and the status of national planning guidance in Neighbourhood Development Orders.
HTF continue to work with interested parties around the Bill and the built environment, and have received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to host a Westminster Briefing in conjunction with leading academics, practitioners and agencies working in the field. This event will take place in November, to coincide with the expected passing of the Bill. More information as it becomes available.
HTF is anticipating the following forthcoming DCLG consultations, in addition to the NPPF (expected on or around 17 July). We understand these will be published before Parliament goes into recess (20 July), and consultations will last for the usual 12 weeks. Read more
Read David Cameron’s comments on the launch of the Open Public Services White Paper

BOOK HERE for HTF'S next localism seminar in Bath on 21 July – hurry as places are now at a premium for this event!


Understanding Localism: Bath, 21 July, will focus on
Community, Town and Parish Councils

Community, Town and Parish Councils are at the heart of all localities – they are often the first place people go to find out what is happening around change, legislation and important issues within their communities.
HTF invite you to the next Understanding Localism seminar to find out about the Localism Bill's progress through Parliament, its main provisions and amendments to date and how communities in our towns and cities can use the opportunities in the Bill to best advantage. Further information and booking form


Community, Town & Parish Membership of HTF - fees reduced by 50%

HTF is pleased to announce that it will lower the Community, Town & Parish Council Annual Membership fee from £200 to £100 effective immediately. With decentralisation and the Localism Bill, Conmmunities, Towns and Parishes will be granted more powers. HTF recognises the value of heritage to smaller places and how important it is to offer guidance and a professional network of support to better manage the historic environment. Read more


Philanthropy news

Further to Arts Council England’s £40million philanthropy funding boost announcement last week, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have also announced their commitments to Catalyst (which is a £100 million joint initiative to build endowments on a challenge-fund basis). The DCMS has announced a £55 million investment, with The Heritage Lottery Fund announcing a £20million commitment to Catalyst. More on the DCMS plans and the HLF plans. Read the Guardian blog, and Jeremy Hunt’s blog on Philanthropy in the Huffington Post.


And more philanthropy news

Nominations are now open for The Prince of Wales (our patron) Medal for Arts Philanthropy 2011 which recognises a sustained contribution to our nation’s cultural life over a period of time, or a major gift. The Medal is now in its fourth year. Further information on how to nominate your best givers, but you only have until 15th July to email or post your entries in.


NPPF: Presumption in favour of sustainable development

A statement released by Greg Clark on 15 June indicated an approach that could be taken to introducing a presumption in favour of sustainable development in the forthcoming National Planning Policy Framework. Read more
HTF have been working with the Heritage Alliance and with the Historic Environment Forum around the NPPF. In particular there is concern for the need to reinstate the presumption in favour of conservation in planning matters, as well as the PPS5’s proportionate approach to significance and value. As the Government steps back from producing supplementary guidance to the NPPF, the Historic Environment Forum (of which HTF is an active member) will draft supporting guidance through its working group. A draft is already well under way and is expected to be published in early July to coincide with the Government’s draft of the NPPF. More as it becomes available.


LEPs engagement to maximise historic town centre economies

Local Enterprise Partnerships are under huge pressure to drive sustainable economic growth and realise the business and economic potential of the local community, but it would be hard to achieve these goals without sufficient engagement with the communities in which they are based. Engagement is vital in order to develop sustainable business models.
An HTF seminar in Bury St Edmunds on 28 July will consider how those already involved in town centre economies should understand and approach LEP engagement. With a basis in understanding governance structure, the main focus will be on tourism, historic, and market town economies. Further information and booking form
See BIS: Local authority (district/unitary) areas covered by Local Enterprise Partnerships


Community Infrastructure Levy Front Runners Project 2 and CIL guidance published

In December 2010, CLG invited all English local authorities to apply to become part of their Community Infrastructure Levy Front Runners project. The project was aimed at supporting local authorities to develop the best approach to implementing the Community Infrastructure Levy in their local area. A further 20 Local Authorities have now been announced. CIL Regulations work in practice and CIL Front Runners Project


More support for community groups campaigning to save local assets

On 9 June Planning Minister Greg Clark outlined more support for voluntary and community groups campaigning to save much-loved local assets such as historic pubs, seaside piers or precious market halls, under threat when their owners refuse to sell. Read more and HTF response to Right to Buy consultation


Abolition of Spatial Strategies - Govt's response

The Communities and Local Government Commitee report was published on 23 June. This Command Paper contains the Government response to the recommendations and conclusions set out in the CLG Committee's report on Abolition of Regional Spatial Strategies


Purple Flag Awards celebrate towns excellent night-time offer

There is a huge interest in the Purple Flag Award which recognises excellent place management in towns and city centres at night. Following a well-received free workshop, hosted by the Association of Town Centre Management and HTF earlier this year, giving guidance on how to assemble a successful Purple Flag entry, another workshop is planned: 6 October, Glasgow - register your interest.


HTF 2011 Photo Competition

This year HTF invites you to submit photographs that demonstrate Localism at work in your community. The prize has been kindly donated by Barceló UK and is one night's dinner, bed and breakfast for two people at any UK Barceló hotel of the winner´s choice. Enter the competition.
12 selected entries will be featured on the 2012 HTF Calendar. Sponsor the calendar


HTF on Tourism

These are turbulent times for the public sector, not least as it tries to maintain the ability to make and shape places in the public interest. Leaving aside the financial dimension, legislation and government guidance are posing serious challenges to the principles of planning and heritage protection, both of which are seen as barriers to sustainable growth. In reality sound planning is essential to economic prosperity and should be seen as part of the solution to the challenges facing the country, not the problem. Planning for tourism is a good example of this. Read more


Brown Signs Task Force

After lobbying from the Historic Houses Association and the National Trust, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have formed a Brown Signs Task Force in conjunction with VisitEngland, the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Highways Agency to regulate the way brown tourism signs are displayed. This is good news for our historic towns and cities in terms of street clutter review and uniformity of approach. More details as they become available.


Heritage Angels

Do you know of anyone or any organisation worthy of receiving an English Heritage Angel Award? Andrew Lloyd-Weber is sponsoring four annual awards to celebrate the efforts of England’s local people to save their heritage at risk. Find out How to enter and latest Heritage Angels news


Welsh Streets demolition... or not

The Secretary of State has ruled that controversial plans to demolish nearly 200 homes as part of a Pathfinder clearance project in the Welsh Streets area of Liverpool should be subject to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). William Palin, Secretary of SAVE, says "This is a massively important decision which could spell the end of fast-tracked mass demolitions." Read more.


New information leaflet for Conservation Officers on replacing windows

The Wood Window Alliance has produced a new 12-page leaflet as part of its campaign to encourage the specification of correctly detailed replacement windows and to stop the spread of plastic windows in conservation areas. Read more


Discovering Places

Launched as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend in July 2010, Discovering Places is the annual UK-wide celebration counting down to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, focusing on the natural, historic and built environment. This year's Discovering Places takes place between 22 – 24 July.


Civic Day celebrated by local people all across England

On 25 June Civic Societies invited local people to take part in activites and events in the celebration of what makes the places they live attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. Civic Day was organised by Civic Voice and sparked a significant level of media interest in both local and national press Read local media reports.


Knowing Your Place: Heritage and Community-Led Planning in the Countryside

Every village and parish in England has its own distinctive and characterful historic streets, buildings and landscapes and a wealth of fascinating archaeological remains. This history makes each place cherished and unique but how can local people make sure their heritage is taken into account in the planning system?
Download English Heritage's new advice.


Using social media to improve knowledge sharing

With the launch of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS) new DCMS FaceBook page, their just-released mapping for the provision of Broadband, and the rapid sign up of heritage agencies and organisations to utilise social media for better business purposes and communications, HTF has received several requests from among its membership and wider audience to provide an event on how best to use social media within the heritage sector. We have now agreed to host an event supported by Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB – one of our partners) and ProjectBook in London on 29 September. Do you use social media? Why not start a discussion in the HTF LinkedIn discussion group and register interest in joining the social media event?


Bath Spa University: workshop leaders and mentors in heritage management

The School of Humanities and Cultural Industries at Bath Spa University is introducing a new MA in Heritage Management form October 2011. The University wish to recruit experienced heritage practitioners and specialists to help lead and deliver aspects of the course. If you wish to submit an expression of interest in fields including museums and built heritage or for more information please email a.hems@bathspa.ac.uk. Deadline for submissions is 01 August.


New part-time Master of Studies (MSt) degree in Building History

The University of Cambridge is offering a pioneering new part-time Master of Studies (MSt) degree in Building History, developed in association with English Heritage. Combining the best of academic and practical expertise, it will appeal to existing professionals seeking to consolidate and extend their knowledge of building history, bright new graduates looking for a challenging and rewarding career, and those in the voluntary sector who are actively involved with the management and protection of the built environment. For further details.


Jobs, Careers and Internships

UWE Graduate Internships - £1000 subsidy - register by 31 July
University of Cambridge: Master of Studies (MSt) in Building History
New Forest National Park: subsidised traditional building skills courses
Bath Spa University: Workshop leaders and mentors in heritage management


Funding

Communities First Trust Fund
HLF funded Repair Grants for Places of Worship
Tidy Towns grants for community-led projects to improve communities across Wales


Reducing CO2 emissions and energy efficiency

  • Reducing CO2 emissions: guidance for historic home owners - HTF/Prince's Regeneration Trust out soon.
  • Bath Preservation Trust launch Warmer Bath, a practical guide to low-carbon measures in heritage buildings.
  • The CIOB CarbonAction2050 toolkit is an action plan of simple, practical steps that can be taken to reduce carbon emissions from the built environment.
  • EH guidance: Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings covers areas as diverse as energy and fuel, environmental protection, leisure, culture, and planning land and premises.
  • The final Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy (EN-1) was changed following a response from over 2,500 people to the public consultation. The Historic Environment section (5.8, page 97 onwards) now includes more appropriate wording and clarity about protection of non-designated heritage assets. The Statement is currently awaiting Parliamentary approval.

Events

14 July: Resilient Heritage 2011: Keep Calm and Carry On, Peterborough
21 July: Understanding Localism, Bath, HTF
27 July: HELM training: The Setting of Heritage Assets, Milton Keynes, EH
28 July: Maximising historic town centre economies: engaging with Local Enterprise Partnerships, Bury St Edmunds, HTF
8 Sept: Valuing places - old and new: why? what? how?, Edinburgh, BEFS
10-13 Sept: In Defence of the Realm: Europa Nostra UK annual meeting and conference, Portsmouth
29 Sept: Using Social Media to improve knowledge sharing, London, HTF
06 Oct:  Going for Purple Flag workshop, Glasgow, HTF/BEFS/ATCM
21-22 Oct: HTF Annual Conference, York and Scarborough, HTF


Recent HTF consultation responses


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Sponsor HTF's 2012 calendar

Calendar leaves

We are now planning HTF's 2012 calendar which will feature the 12 shortlisted photographs from our photo competition.

Gifted to all our Member main contacts throughout the UK and Ireland and also available to buy online, we will be printing in the region of 500 copies.

As a valued Member of HTF, we want to offer you the opportunity to be involved.

We are looking for sponsors for each month of the calendar. As a sponsor your logo and website address will be on the desk of many new potential customers for a whole month - or longer! We will also add a sentence highlighting the towns where you have your current or most recent projects, or you could use this space to promote your business/service.

All this for just £120 - or perhaps you would like to appear on two months for the special reduced price of £199? This is excellent value for money! Where else could your details be on the desk of potential customers for a whole month for just £120?

If you would like to sponsor the whole calendar we would be happy to discuss this with you.

If you are interested in sponsoring our calendar please register your interest; we will then contact you to confirm the finer details.

May 2011

Historic Towns Forum Update

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Localism Bill has reached the Commons Report Stage

The Localism Bill will make significant changes to the planning system and its main provisions are expected to come into force in April 2012. It has now reached the Report Stage and Third Reading which will take place in the House of Commons on 17 and 18 May. This means that MPs will have the opportunity to debate and suggest changes to the Bill’s content. Monitor progress at The Report Stage
Find out more about the progression of the Bill at: Understanding Localism seminar, Chester, 17 June - BOOK NOW


Understanding Localism: Chester, 17 June
Focus on Town and Parish Councils

Town and Parish Councils are at the heart of all localities – they are often the first place people go to find out what is happening around change, legislation and important issues within their communities. They are the only truly local tax raiser and can be a major catalyst for beneficial, sustainable, local change, supported by the people that they know and speak to. It is important that they are well informed about the implications of the Localism Bill as they are likely to become essential in the development process around Neighbourhood Forums, Neighbourhood Plans and Neighbourhood Development Orders.
HTF are delivering an Understanding Localism seminar in Chester on 17 June and invite you to find out about its progress through Parliament, its main provisions and amendments to date and how communities in our towns and cities can use the opportunities in the Bill to best advantage. All welcome Further information and booking form


Town and Parish Membership of HTF - fees reduced by 50%

HTF is pleased to announce that it will lower the Town and Parish Council Annual Membership fee from £200 to £100 effective immediately. With decentralisation and the Localism Bill, Towns and Parishes will be granted more powers. HTF recognises the value of heritage to smaller places and how important it is to offer guidance and a professional network of support to better manage the historic environment. Read more


More Going for Purple Flag workshops planned

There is a huge interest in the Purple Flag Award which recognises excellent place management in towns and city centres at night. Following a well received free workshop, hosted by the Association of Town Centre Management and HTF earlier this year, giving guidance on how to assemble a successful Purple Flag entry, another two workshops are planned: 22 July in Chester - book now and 6 October, Glasgow - register your interest.


BIS produces LEPs toolkit

The Government is introducing a new approach to economic development in England, which will give businesses and local communities new freedoms to drive growth. Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) are at the heart of this. HTF have recognised the importance of this and have already begun to engage with LEPs, with an engagement event held in London in April, and further events planned for the North (date tbc) and the East of England on 28 July - register your interest.
Find out more about the toolkit.


The Government finally acknowledges the importance of town centres, and the need for them to thrive!

In what was a clear fillip for town centres, on 17 May the Government announced the appointment of Mary Portas to carry out a project with the objective of helping to reduce the number of vacant shops in town centres. Read more


£3.2M funding granted to provide free advice to support Neighbourhood Planning

Communities will be able to choose to take up free advice and guidance depending on their needs through The Prince's Foundation, Locality, The Royal Town Planning Institute, and the National Association of Local Councils in partnership with the Campaign to Protect Rural England ... read more
The Prince's Foundation are now inviting enquiries for free community engagement planning ... more information and application form


Regional Growth Fund

Reminder that round two of bidding for the Regional Growth Fund is now open with a closing date of noon on 1 July 2011. Read more
For the success of the Prince’s Regeneration Trust in the first round for Middleport Pottery in Stoke on Trent ... read more


Community Infrastructure Levy Front Runners Project 2 and CIL guidance published

In December 2010, CLG invited all English local authorities to apply to become part of their Community Infrastructure Levy Front Runners project. The project was aimed at supporting local authorities to develop the best approach to implementing the Community Infrastructure Levy in their local area. Read more
CIL Regulations work in practice
CIL Front Runners Project


Local plan advice from CLG

Planning minister Bob Neill has written to all local authority chief planning officers in England flagging up the withdrawal of guidance on local plan monitoring and signalling that the Department for Communities and Local Government will no longer monitor the preparation and content of local plans. Councils will now be expected to notify the Planning Inspectorate three months before the publication of any development plan document. Neill’s letter also clarified various procedural matters following the closure of the Government Offices.
Access the letter here


CLG’s ‘sustainable development’ reminder

CLG’s Chief planner Steve Quartermain has written to chief planning officers in England drawing their attention to key announcements made as part of the Budget, in particular the need ‘to ensure that planning supports the sustainable development’.
A useful summary of the announcements.


Communities and Local Government Business Plan

The CLG Business Plan was published on 13 May 2011 as part of a coordinated relaunch of departmental business. The republished Plan contains the changes adopted following the consultation on the indicators and information strategy. It also contains an update of the Structural Reform Plan showing what actions have been completed to date and includes new actions to reflect new policies including the Growth Review. Download the CLG Business Plan


DCMS Revised Business Plan

The DCMS revised Business Plan was released on 13 May. It contains the finalised and agreed input and impact indicators from the recent consultation. Read more from DCMS and from No10.gov.uk


Scottish regeneration discussion

The Scottish Government have published a discussion paper Building a Sustainable Future to prompt and encourage practitioners and other stakeholders to engage in further discussion. Get involved and have your say.


Energy Bill second reading

The Energy Bill second reading was delivered on May 10 2011. The Energy Bill has been designed to provide for a step change in the provision of energy efficiency measures to homes and businesses. It aims to put in place a framework to deliver a future with secure, low-carbon energy supplies and fair competition in energy markets.
Of particular interest to HTF members will be the sections on energy and fuel, environmental protection, general environment and planning land and premises. Read more.


HTF towns are finalists in the 2012 Urbanism Awards

HTF are pleased to see some of our Members' towns included in the Academy of Urbanism 2012 Awards finalists, including: Bury St Edmunds for Great Town; Accordia, Cambridge, for Great Neighbourhood; Steep Hill, Lincoln, for Great Street; and Queen Square, Bristol, for Great Place. See full list of finalists.


Students! Enter for the IHBC Award for £300 cash prize

The closing date for the IHBC’s Annual Gus Astley Student Award, 31 July 2011, is fast approaching, and students should consider submitting relevant course work for this prestigious Award and its £300 prize, while course providers are encouraged to circulate the notices on the IHBC Award to their students. Read more


RTPI Awards for Projects and Awards for People both close on 31 May

The Awards for Projects recognise innovative plans, processes, techniques, information systems, programmes of community involvement and improvements to public services. Entries are welcomed from a wide range of organisations and with no requirement to be RTPI members. The Awards for People aim to identify exemplary practice in the planning consultancy sector, in learning and development (recognising students, planning schools and employers) and among young planners. Find out more


Heritage Open Days - breaking news!

It has just been announced that the Heritage Alliance, the National Trust and Civic Voice are part of a consortium that will take over the national co-ordination of Heritage Open Days (HODs) from 1 October this year.
HODs is England’s largest grassroots heritage event, delivered by an army of volunteers up and down the country, taking place annually on the second weekend in September. English Heritage will continue to fund HODs until March 2015 and will remain responsible for the HODs weekend in September 2011. Read more


London 2012 Open Weekend

Open Weekend is the annual countdown celebration to the opening of the London 2012 Games, a moment of mass participation incorporating arts, cultural, sporting and environmental initiatives. Registration closes on Monday 27th June, however, if you register your event by Friday 27th May you’ll be guaranteed inclusion in the public launch, which takes place on 6th June. Read more


Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies

A special group is being formed in the Houses of Parliament which will be open to all MPs and members of the House of Lords with the aim of raising the profile of civic societies and amenity groups, to give them support and strenghthn their roles. Read more.


Much needed review and update of BS 7913

Following consultation on the business case for a revision of BS 7913: 1998 (Guide to the principles of the conservation of historic buildings), led by Henry Russell IHBC, it has been agreed the revision should progress, while John Edwards IHBC, of English Heritage, will chair the task group. Read more.


Innovative solution to network old buildings without compromise

HTF Member - Freedom Digital Networks Ltd (FDN) - has the perfect way to network any listed building by simply injecting a digital signal into the electrical wiring the building already has, bypassing the need for new cabling and phone sockets, but most importantly, bypassing the need for any major work to walls or flooring. The FDN network has been designed to overcome the typical problems on a listed site. Broadband, CCTV, VoIP telephony, IPTV, data access, interactive touch screen displays, room management and control, footfall monitoring, PA systems and many other services can all be provided at the same time using their unique technology with no mess! No downtime! Just a solution to an age old problem. Read the full article and find out more about the FDN Heritage Solution.


New English Heritage guidance: Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings

This guidance provides technical advice to help prevent conflicts between the energy efficiency requirements in Part L of the Building Regulations and the conservation of historic and traditionally constructed buildings. It covers areas as diverse as energy and fuel, environmental protection, leisure, culture, and planning land and premises. Download the publication


Edinburgh's post-war architecture to be celebrated

The Forth Road Bridge, the Scottish Widows Head Office Building and the Royal Botanic Gardens Greenhouse are all to be featured in a new book celebrating Edinburgh’s post-war architecture. Read more


Events

Architectural Styles, Periods and Vocabulary, UWE Short Couse Unit, Bristol, 9-10 June
Understanding Localism, HTF, Chester, 17 June
Annual School, IHBC, Llandudno, 16-18 June
Going for Purple Flag workshop, HTF/ATCM, Chester, 22 July
Engaging with LEPs, HTF, Bury St Edmunds, 28 July
Going for Purple Flag workshop, HTF/BEFS/ATCM Glasgow, 6 October


Consultations and responses

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March 2011

Historic Towns Forum Update

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STOP PRESS!

Success with Localism Lobbying! Greg Clark has committed to investigating the rephrasing of damaging paragraphs contained within the Localism Bill' s notorious Schedule 12 (paragraphs 22-24), which had left the heritage sector concerned for the statutory protection of England' s historic fabric and places.

This followed Birmingham Labour MP Jack Dromey' s introduction on March 1 of Amendment 149, which proposed removing the offending section. Clark agreed that the Bill, as drafted, ‘gives rise to understandable concerns on the part of the heritage community’ and went on to say that consideration would be given to changing this part of the Bill if necessary. More news as it becomes available.


Message from the Director

In February we held our first event around Localism and what that could mean for Historic Towns. The event was attended by over 70 delegates, with requests for events throughout the country. Speakers ranged from Communities and Local Government, Bircham Dyson Bell, Steve Bee Urban Counsel, Action for Market Towns, and Civic Voice. The common strand was how best to work together and make a success of Localism. Debate was vibrant – delegates wanted to get into the meat of the issues and above all wanted to have an active voice, not only in the day’s proceedings, but in the continuing process of Localism. We feel that HTF has a strong role here – not only in keeping our membership up to date, but also in terms of influencing Government. To that end we are providing a roll-out of updated Localism events around the country that tie in with the progress of the Bill; and lobbying Government both on behalf of our membership and also as part of the wider heritage sector. Parliamentary consideration of the Government’s Localism Bill has now reached the specific planning clauses of the legislation as MPs debate the proposed measure clause by clause; we have sent a strong response supporting the excision of paragraphs 22 - 24 of Schedule 12 from the Bill. See our initial response to the Localism Bill


Localism Update event in the North East

Following a successful seminar held in early February, HTF’s next Localism event will be hosted by _space group and Silverlink in Newcastle on 8 April. With expertise from Bircham Dyson Bell’s Planning and Major Projects Group the seminar will examine the vision behind the Localism Bill, its progress through Parliament, its main provisions and how communities in our towns and cities can use the opportunities in the Bill to best advantage. The Localism Bill foreshadows yet more radical change to the planning system, with proposals to give local authorities and local people much more power to shape their own communities. But how might these ideas work in practice? Will local people use them to embrace or resist growth? Register your interest for 8 April, Newcastle. Details available shortly.


Tourism, the heritage economy and LEPs 14 April

In conjunction with Bircham Dyson Bell and Responsible Tourism, HTF will be organising a Tourism event around the heritage economy, and how this is likely to be affected by the National Tourism Strategy, Local Enterprise Partnerships, and tourism opportunities. Among our keynote speakers will be James Berresford from VisitEngland. Register your interest for 14 April, London. Details available shortly.


Purple Flag

HTF members attended the Association of Town Centre Management ‘Going for Purple’ Purple Flag Workshop on 25 February. Purple Flag is an award scheme offered by ATCM that recognises excellence in place management in town and city centres at night. The event explained the steps towns must take in order to apply. Another event will be organised in Manchester before the next round of applications is due in October. Watch this space for more details as they become available! Presentations from the February event will be available soon.


CABE and the Design Council confirm merger

CABE and the Design Council have confirmed they will merge from 1 April, following an agreement reached by the two bodies and government. The new organisation will speak with one voice to support a broad spectrum of design, architecture and public space. It will be Government’s advisor on design in business innovation and the built environment. More here


Consultations and responses

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Free good practice guidance

HTF Members can now download all the HTF publications for free - a wealth of good practice guidance focusing on tourism, public realm, housing growth and retail including titles such as the Manual for Historic Streets, Bus Based Park & Ride and Details and Good Practice in Shopfront Design. All provide policy and practical guidance on how to best manage our historic towns and cities. Not sure if your organisation is a member? Check here or join now.


The Listed Property Show

The event last month provided an excellent opportunity for HTF to meet listed property owner club members and visitors to the show; all very passionate about the heritage of our towns and cities. We shall continue to keep in touch with you all through our regular updates and look forward to welcoming many of you into Membership of HTF where you can:

  • access a strong network of like-minded professionals
  • gain free access to resources on the HTF website including guidance documents and the members directory
  • join our strenght and good reputation in lobbying Government and other decision makers
  • promote your work and achievements

Join HTF today: Individual Membership £33.33* Corporate Membership from £43.33*
Remember to use the promotional code we gave you a the show to get an extra 10% off your membership fee!
* pro rata April-December inclusive


Historic houses to be featured in Country House Rescue Channel 4

A search is now on for people who own historic or country houses to take part in a fourth series of ‘Country House Rescue’. If you, or someone you know, were to take part, the house could be featured exclusively in a one hour episode on primetime Channel 4. The last series was watched by an average of 2.7 million viewers. Read more.


HTF Members' Directory re-vamped!

You will now find the online Members’ Directory much easier to use and connect with other HTF Members. View the full list of Members where you can now sort by Membership Category and Region and search through the Suppliers List using our new keyword search facility. Soon you will also be able to search our Local Authority Members by Contact Type ensuring you always get to the right person. Please note that full contact details are only available to HTF Members who will need to log in. Request your log in details or Join the HTF Membership


HTF supported events

Heritage impact assessment for world heritage sites - ICOMOS - London, 17 March
Getting community building right events - The Glass-House Community Led Design - London, March/April


iNets South West support innovation in environmental businesses

The Environmental Technologies iNet is a £2.4 million initiative supporting businesses in the South West’s clean-tech industries, including sustainable construction. As a 'one-stop-shop' for this diverse and growing sector, it helps companies access specialist knowledge, develop products and services, improves competitiveness and engages with new routes to market. Led by the University of the West of England and backed by an impressive consortium of regional partners, the project benefits from a wealth of expertise and offers a range of free support tools and services. Find out about the project and its upcoming workshops and events.


Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH)

A new English Heritage-led initiative, Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH), has been formed by EH, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Crown Prosecution Service, local authorities, charities, the Church of England and other groups to tackle and reduce heritage crime. Read more


The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice

Another special offer for HTF Members! A 30% discount on a subscription to The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice, a twice-yearly, peer-reviewed journal published in both print and online formats, for all those who investigate, conserve and manage the historic environment. Get your individual subscription at the discounted rate.


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January 2011

Historic Towns Forum Update

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Message from the new Director

From all of us at HTF a belated Happy New Year to you all! So far it’s proving to be a busy one: the New Year brought us the second reading of the Localism Bill on 17 January; key areas in the Bill of concern to the heritage sector are Neighbourhood Plans and Development Orders. At HTF in particular there is much concern over Schedule 12 which will effectively abolish S66 and S72 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. This will see the loss of statutory considerations around the setting and enhancement of the historic environment. Because of this we are keen to see that the contents of the proposed National Planning Policy Framework, which should ensure that policies on protection that might be omitted from Neighbourhood Plans, are retained. Scrutiny of the Bill has commenced – if you would like to input to our response or respond individually we have until 28 February to comment on content of the NPPF and until 10 March for the Bill. Here at the HTF we recognise the importance of the Bill to our future work and are planning a series of events around this. Our first one is on 4 February – book here and we will look forward to seeing you!


Understanding Localism

The Localism Bill foreshadows yet more radical change to the planning system, with proposals to give local authorities and local people much more power to shape their own communities. But how might these ideas work in practice? Will local people use them to embrace or resist growth? A half day seminar on 4 February in London will look at the vision behind the Localism Bill, its progress through Parliament, its main provisions and how communities in our towns and cities can use the opportunities in the Bill to best advantage. View the seminar programme and book your place.


Improve your town or city centre at night - Go for the Purple Flag!

The Purple Flag award scheme offered by the ATCM recognises excellence in place management in town and city centres at night, setting standards going forward for managing successful evening economies, and benchmarking performance. All historic towns are able to apply for the Purple Flag status. HTF Members from both small and large towns are invited to find out how to assemble a successful entry to achieve the Purple Flag standard at a FREE workshop on 25 February.


Tourism in adversity

In the midst of one of the most challenging economic environments the country has experienced, the tourism sector has been described by the Prime Minister as a local industry with huge economic opportunity. But can the sector seize this opportunity? This year’s International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) Annual Conference on local economic development and tourism reviewed these prospects. Former HTF Chair, Brian Human, delivered an inspiring presentation on how heritage, tourism and planning can work together. View all the conference presentations. As a direct result of this conference, HTF has been invited to host an event around Tourism, Localism and LEPs in April. More as details become available.


Consultations and responses

The DCMS Business Plan 2011-15 Transparency consultation seeks views on indicators and data that will be published to show progress against the DCMS Business Plan. If you wish to respond individually or let HTF know your views the deadline is 31 January.
National Heritage Protection Plan: Interim Version Consultation (English Heritage) 14 February
National Policy Planning Framework 28 February

Localism Bill 10 March
Previous HTF responses:
Tree Preservation Orders: Proposals for Streamlining
The Setting of Heritage Assets: EH Guidance


Free downloads coming soon!

There is a wealth of good practice guidance in the HTF publications focusing on tourism, public realm, housing growth and retail including titles such as the Manual for Historic Streets, Bus Based Park & Ride and Details and Good Practice in Shopfront Design. All provide policy and practical guidance on how to best manage our historic towns and cities. Very soon HTF Members will be able to download all the HTF publications for free. Not sure if your organisation is a member? Check here or join now.


The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice

Another special offer for HTF Members! A 30% discount on a subscription to The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice, a twice-yearly, peer-reviewed journal published in both print and online formats, for all those who investigate, conserve and manage the historic environment. Get your individual subscription at the discounted rate.


Part funded internships apply now!

Are you are looking for graduate input into a new or existing project? HTF Partner, University of the West of England (UWE) has a graduate internship scheme for 2010/2011 which offers internships for a minimum of 8 weeks full-time or up to 16 weeks part-time. UWE will pay employers a subsidy of £1000 and the intern must be paid a minimum of £250 a week if full time (part time pro rata). Find out about eligibility criteria, more details and register interest in the scheme. HTF hopes to replicate this scheme for HTF Members working on heritage projects in the future.


Former HTF Director Chris Winter has been granted Honorary Membership

After 13 years of exemplary service to HTF it was unanimously agreed among the Executive that Chris Winter be granted honorary membership of HTF. Congratulations to Chris – we are sure our membership will agree that this has been thoroughly deserved.


The Listed Property Show 19-20 February

HTF Member, The Listed Property Owners Club, are hosting this event at Olympia, London, which will offer practical advice and ideas to current and prospective owners of period properties. Come and say hello to us at the HTF stand where we will have a wealth of information that could help you with your historic building, whether you need direction on planning, transport, climate or sustainability issues. Find out more about the Listed Property Show.


Ecobuild 2011

HTF are pleased to support Ecobuild, the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, taking place on 1-3 March 2011 at ExCel, London. Leading thinkers and doers are invited to share their views on the issues affecting the sector at the Ecobuild blog.


Low Carbon High Skills - Free training opportunities in SW England

There is no doubt about the importance of the low carbon agenda for improved energy efficiency of the built environment. HTF Partner UWE is offering two one-day workshops in March: Low Carbon Retrofit of Historic Buildings and Low Carbon Commercial Design, designed to upskill professionals in low carbon technologies necessary for the future. Book your places