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December 2010

Historic Towns Forum Update

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Message from the new Director

Dr Noël James joined HTF last month bringing several years’ experience in the heritage sector. She says this is a busy time for HTF and for the heritage sector in general with the Comprehensive Spending Review, the DCMS Business Plan, Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Regional Growth Fund, and the imminent Localism Bill all likely to affect the way we operate ... read more


The Comprehensive Spending Workshop

One of our partners, Solicitors and Parliamentary Agents, Bircham Dyson Bell, has kindly agreed to hold a workshop for HTF members on the implications and outcomes of the Comprehensive Spending Review. This will be held in late January. More details as they become available.
While this is going to be a difficult time for everyone in the heritage 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. ... read more


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

A 'Going for Purple' workshop will be held for HTF Members on 25 February 2011. 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. To register your initial interest in the workshop please email Daniel.McGrath@atcm.org. Further details regarding workshop content and venue will follow in the New Year. Please note that two delegate places per area will be allocated.


HTF response to 'The Setting of Heritage Assets' draft EH guidance

HTF welcomes English Heritage's intention to produce guidance on this topic. It is urgently needed to suport implementaion of PPS5. However the Forum has several specific concerns ... read our response to the consultation


Free Downloads and other HTF Member Benefits ...

HTF Membership fees will be frozen for a further year and from January 2011 all HTF publications will be made available to Members as free downloads. Tell us what you value most about the Forum as well as what you wish for from your Membership in the HTF Member Benefits Survey


Diamond Jubilee Year 2012 – a chance to gain City Status

During 2012, the Diamond Jubilee year, towns and other areas will be able to qualify for city status. This will be by competition. A town or area wishing to enter does not have to have a Cathedral. The Government has published a set of guidelines on the format and content of entries for the Diamond Jubilee Competition which will help those judging to reach a decision, but meeting the criteria does not confer an automatic right to achieve city status ... read more


The Localism Bill

As you will be aware this is due imminently. HTF have been invited to join a partnership group by Action for Market Towns which will include drafting a joint response to the Bill, and in finding ways to meet the requirements of the Bill. This will have implications on how we take forward Community Engagement. Further information as it comes to hand.


Call out for derelict, historic homes for new BBC TV series

HTF have been asked to help find derelict, historic homes for a second BBC television series of 'Restoration Home'. This series will follow the owners as they save their architectural gems from ruin, while unravelling the properties’ extraordinary lives. So if there is a project you are working on that fits the bill please please call 03335 777 740 or e-mail homes@endemoluk.com with your name, a few details about the property and don't forget to mention HTF!


Increased HLF funding for community groups,TCIs and more

HLF has announced an overall budget of £250m for new grants next financial year (March 2011-12) – £45m more than the budget for the current year ... read more


Local Enterprise Partnerships - a real opportunity for community engagement

The Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are joint local authority-business bodies which will replace the RDAs in order to promote local economic development and 24 partnerships are now ready to establish their boards ... read more


Participation in Planning speech by the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

Minister of State for Decentralisation, Greg Clark, of the Department for Communities and Local Government, spoke at the Town and Country Planning Association Annual Conference on 30 November 2010. He spoke about reforms that will encourage planners, builders, and business to invest in and create inspirational places as a way to get England out of the house building trough. Read a transcript of his speech


DCMS Business Plan 2011-15: Transparency Consultation

DCMS published their Business Plan on November 8, setting out their vision and priorities for the next 5 years. As part of their transparency drive, they aim to publish particular sets of data against which performance and value for money will be judged. DCMS require a view on the data sets and if they are the right ones to use for measurement. We would encourage you to respond to this consultation by 31 January 2011. HTF will of course be doing so. Read more on this and download a list of the consultation papers.


Photo Competition

The 12 winning images and the overall winner of the prize which will feature on the 2011 HTF Calendar were unveiled at the HTF Annual Conference lin October ... view the winning photos


Reports of Past Conferences:

Climate Change: mitigation and adaptation in historic towns - 21 October 2010
Achieving added value through community engagement - 23 September 2010
Other 2010 conferences

July 2010

Historic Towns Forum Update

 

HTF addresses the Big Society

At a conference to be held on 23 September at Chester Racecourse, we will explore the added value of community engagement and showcase examples of good practice. Speakers include Phil Redmond CBE, Deborah Lamb (English Heritage) and Tony Barton (Civic Voice). A government Minister has also been invited ... View the conference programme


HTF Annual Conference: Historic towns and climate change
20-22 October 2010

Oxford is striving to lead the way for historic towns to address the climate change agenda, and hosts this year’s conference which will raise awareness of the issues facing historic towns, show good practice in responding to climate change and develop this practice through discussion and debate. ... View the conference details


Response to DCMS Structural Reform Plan

HTF strongly endorses the response to this announcement made on behalf of the heritage sector by The Heritage Alliance. Addressing the Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, it makes the case for Government support for heritage in the run up to the Comprehensive Spending Review.  Download the following word documents:
DCMS Structural Reform Plan Press release 20-7-10 
DCMS Structural Reform Plan - The Heritage Alliance comment


HTF response to Government consultation on the future ‘good causes’ shares of Lottery funding

The HTF welcomes the Coalition Government’s intention to increase the shares to arts, heritage and sport in two stages, restoring the original share of 20% in 2012.  The Forum also welcomes the Government’s commitment to the principle of additionality embodied in this proposal at a time when other sources of public funding will be under greater pressure. The HTF believes that Lottery money should not be a substitute for funding that would normally be met by mainstream public sector spending. ... See full response


DfT Traffic Signs Policy Review

HTF has campaigned long and hard for a reduction in signs and lines, and although not fast, progress has been made in many areas to improve the visual impact of traffic measures in historic towns. As a member of one of the DfT working groups set up to address this, HTF has been advised that “the coalition Government has agreed to the ongoing programme for traffic signs action plan” ... View the full progress report


Manual for Streets 2

Published in 2007 ‘Manual for Streets’ began to reflect some of the principles of good practice advocated by (E)HTF for more than a decade. HTF re-emphasised these principles in the “Manual for Historic Towns” published in 2008. We are pleased that DfT is now looking at a “wider application of the principles” in this latest guidance ... View events to launch the guidance organised by the CIHT


National Heritage Protection Plan

Following the postponement of the Heritage Protection Bill, English Heritage embarked on a series of engagement and consultation exercises to achieve a more strategic and collective approach with organisations working in the heritage sector. HTF, as one of the very few organisations representing practitioners in local authorities has played an active part in this process and attended a day of discussion and debate to formulate the NHPP ... More details


My Place Matters

HTF took part in a workshop in early June organised by The Heritage Alliance to explore ideas about a potential new campaign to celebrate the heritage that matters most to people.
 
We know that heritage matters to people, but the breadth of its support can be underestimated. Past campaigns – ‘History Matters’, for example – mobilised the huge popular support that exists for heritage, and in the current context the time maybe right for a new initiative to draw politicians’ attention to the value of heritage at the local scale.  HTF will follow this campaign closely.


Discovering Places launch

“Discovering Places will use the power of the 2012 Games to inspire communities across the UK to celebrate and discover the hidden gems on their doorstep; from historic castles to contemporary townscapes, woodland trails and local wildlife. Over the launch weekend of 23-25 July 2010, more than 100 free Discovering Places events will take place throughout the country.”  ... More details


Past Conferences - reports and presentations:

The role of retail development in economic regeneration and its impact on historic city centres - 27 May 2010
A Historic Core Zone - the solution to traffic management in a Historic Town? - 10 June 2010
The Future of Heritage Protection - 17 June 2010
Connecting People with Place - 15 July 2010

October 2010

Historic Towns Forum Update

Climate Change - an issue for historic towns

Oxford is striving to lead the way for historic towns to address the climate change agenda, and hosts the HTF Annual Conference, 20-22 October, which will raise awareness of the issues facing historic towns, show good practice in responding to climate change and develop this practice through discussion and debate ... view the conference details


HTF Annual Conference Dinner: 20 October 2010

Celebrate with HTF!  An opportunity for networking and information exchange in the exquisite surroundings of Kellogg College, Oxford ...  book a place or table


Charter for Community Engagement

Delegates at the conference held in Chester on 23 September were asked to contribute to a Charter to identify and promote good practice, which will be developed by the Forum.  To contribute, download the proforma ... complete the proforma online...  view the conference presentations


Arts & Heritage Funding - HTF responds to consultation

HTF recognises that there are a direct links between heritage and the arts, consequently it shares the concern of the arts community at the prospect of reduced funding.  CMS Select Committee Inquiry on funding for Arts and Heritage - HTF reponse to be released.


Street Clutter - recognised as a 'major issue'

The HTF is delighted that after 16 years of campaigning it is recognised as a major issue which is being tackled at the highest level... read more  
Have your say on street clutter


Historic Environment Forum (formerly HEREC) forms a Climate Change Group 

HTF will participate in the Climate Change Group, coordinated by he National Trust, together with other leading organisations in the sector.  Individuals members of the group are already taking action to address climate change ... read more


BEFS Congress

HTF was invited to the first Annual Congress of the Built Environment Forum for Scotland the organisation set up to work with Historic Scotland and practitioners in Scotland. Discussions with these organisations will help to develop partnership working for the future ... view the congress report


Heritage Awareness in Universities

HTF and English Heritage are working together to identify the level of heritage awareness included in undergraduate courses for the professions which impact on the historic built environment.  Four leading universities are piloting a project to develop support for teaching staff and teaching resources using the latest technologies.


Wood Window Alliance develops new CPD module on conservation timber windows

"There’s something of a paradox about wood windows and conservation areas.  Conservation officers are often passionate advocates of wood, yet the spread of plastic windows seems unstoppable in conservation areas. They are exceptionally well-informed on many issues, yet don’t seem to have a clear idea of how the timber window industry can solve many of their problems" ... read more


Photo Competition

The 12 winning images which will feature on the 2011 HTF Calendar will be unveiled at the Annual Conference in Oxford this month and the overall winner of the prize, donated by Chester Racecourse, will be announced.  


Reports of Past Conferences:

Connecting People with Place - 15 July 2010
The Future of Heritage Protection - 17 June 2010
A Historic Core Zone - the solution to traffic management in a Historic Town? - 10 June 2010
The role of retail development in economic regeneration and its impact on historic city centres - 27 May 2010

July 2010

Historic Towns Forum Update

HTF addresses the Big Society

At a conference to be held on 23 September at Chester Racecourse, we will explore the added value of community engagement and showcase examples of good practice. Speakers include Phil Redmond CBE, Deborah Lamb (English Heritage) and Tony Barton (Civic Voice). A government Minister has also been invited ... View the conference programme


HTF Annual Conference: Historic towns and climate change
20-22 October 2010

Oxford is striving to lead the way for historic towns to address the climate change agenda, and hosts this year’s conference which will raise awareness of the issues facing historic towns, show good practice in responding to climate change and develop this practice through discussion and debate. ... View the conference details


Response to DCMS Structural Reform Plan

HTF strongly endorses the response to this announcement made on behalf of the heritage sector by The Heritage Alliance. Addressing the Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, it makes the case for Government support for heritage in the run up to the Comprehensive Spending Review.  Download the following word documents:
DCMS Structural Reform Plan Press release 20-7-10 
DCMS Structural Reform Plan - The Heritage Alliance comment


HTF response to Government consultation on the future ‘good causes’ shares of Lottery funding

The HTF welcomes the Coalition Government’s intention to increase the shares to arts, heritage and sport in two stages, restoring the original share of 20% in 2012.  The Forum also welcomes the Government’s commitment to the principle of additionality embodied in this proposal at a time when other sources of public funding will be under greater pressure. The HTF believes that Lottery money should not be a substitute for funding that would normally be met by mainstream public sector spending. ... See full response


DfT Traffic Signs Policy Review

HTF has campaigned long and hard for a reduction in signs and lines, and although not fast, progress has been made in many areas to improve the visual impact of traffic measures in historic towns. As a member of one of the DfT working groups set up to address this, HTF has been advised that “the coalition Government has agreed to the ongoing programme for traffic signs action plan” ... View the full progress report


Manual for Streets 2

Published in 2007 ‘Manual for Streets’ began to reflect some of the principles of good practice advocated by (E)HTF for more than a decade. HTF re-emphasised these principles in the “Manual for Historic Towns” published in 2008. We are pleased that DfT is now looking at a “wider application of the principles” in this latest guidance ... View events to launch the guidance organised by the CIHT


National Heritage Protection Plan

Following the postponement of the Heritage Protection Bill, English Heritage embarked on a series of engagement and consultation exercises to achieve a more strategic and collective approach with organisations working in the heritage sector. HTF, as one of the very few organisations representing practitioners in local authorities has played an active part in this process and attended a day of discussion and debate to formulate the NHPP ... More details


My Place Matters

HTF took part in a workshop in early June organised by The Heritage Alliance to explore ideas about a potential new campaign to celebrate the heritage that matters most to people.
 
We know that heritage matters to people, but the breadth of its support can be underestimated. Past campaigns – ‘History Matters’, for example – mobilised the huge popular support that exists for heritage, and in the current context the time maybe right for a new initiative to draw politicians’ attention to the value of heritage at the local scale.  HTF will be following this campaign closely.


Discovering Places launch

“Discovering Places will use the power of the 2012 Games to inspire communities across the UK to celebrate and discover the hidden gems on their doorstep; from historic castles to contemporary townscapes, woodland trails and local wildlife. Over the launch weekend of 23-25 July 2010, more than 100 free Discovering Places events will take place throughout the country.”  ... More details


Past Conferences - reports and presentations:

The role of retail development in economic regeneration and its impact on historic city centres - 27 May 2010
A Historic Core Zone - the solution to traffic management in a Historic Town? - 10 June 2010
The Future of Heritage Protection - 17 June 2010
Connecting People with Place - 15 July 2010

June 2010

Historic Towns Forum Update

Photo competition

Last few weeks! 30 June is the closing date for photos to be featured on the 2011 HTF Calendar and to win a fantastic prize. ...  view details and enter your images. 


HTF seeks new Director

Chris Winter will be standing down in the autumn so the process has begun to find a new Director. ... more information and application form.


The Future of Heritage Protection

London 17 June - a half day training session with advice on the new PPS5 and a review of the planning system, post election, led by heritage experts Bircham Dyson Bell. ... view the programme and book now


Connecting People with Place

Lincoln 15 July - community engangement and local distinctiveness brought together through the latest technology. ... view the programme and book your place


Historic towns and the changing climate

The topic of the Annual Conference in Oxford 21 October - details coming soon. 
HTF response to 'PPS Planning for a low carbon future in a changing climate'


60 year minimum 'service life' for wood windows

The Wood Window Alliance has produced an informative eight minute video showcasing new research by Imperial College London that demonstrates windows made to Wood Window Alliance standards have a minimum estimated service life of 60 years, which can be extended to 80 years or more. ... read more


Achieving added value through community engagement

23 September at The Pavilion Chester Racecourse; keynote speaker Phil Redmond CB. Programme details coming soon.


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

View the report and speakers presentations for this event held in Cardiff on 27 May

 

 

April 2010

Historic Towns Forum Update

Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for the Historical Environment

The Government has set out its aim that "the historic environment and its heritage assets should be conserved and enjoyed for the quality of life they bring to this and future generations" in the recently published PPS5 ... read more


Government Statement on the Historic Environment of England 2010

HTF welcomes the report and is particularly pleased to see that it has interdepartmental support given the important relationship between all Government departments and the historic environment ... read more


Heritage sector joint statement

HTF was invited to take part in a seminar convened by Heritage Alliance on 26th March to agree a response from the sector to the English Heritage priorities 2010-15 at. Following this a statement has been published


Maximising the tourism potential of heritage towns: 13-14 May

HTF is partnering a two day conference in Youghal, Republic of Ireland, which has been designed to share and disseminate good practice. The programme includes an international overview of best practice, sustainable tourism guidelines and research by Failte Ireland. … more details


The role of retail development in economic regeneration
- its impact on historic city centres: 27 May

You are invited to look at how the Local Authority/Developer partnership, with a significant investment in the public realm, has underpinned regeneration in Cardiff.  The issues will be examined together with analysis of the St David’s 2 case studymore details


A Historic Core Zone
- the solution to traffic management in a historic town?: 10 June

A visit to the proposed Historic Core Zone in Bradford on Avon, will explore the issues of traffic management and the potential for applying the principles of the HCZ projects.  Wiltshire Council, the Town Council, Colin Buchanan and HTF are working together to find a solution to managing heavy traffic in the town centre, and the feasibility study for the creation of a Historic Core Zone will be shared with others facing these challenges ... read more


New web pages on housing growth

This subject has such an impact on historic towns that we have developed these web pages for guidance and information exchange:  Please visit the new pages and contact us to add your experiences and images.


Park & Ride - survey and report update

The interim report of the Park & Ride survey carried out on HTF’s behalf by RPS last year gave some interesting results … but the study goes on. To further help analyse the sustainability of P&R schemes, the purpose of their implementation and whether alternatives have been considered - you are invited to share your experience on the updated survey


Enter the HTF photo competition now!

Win fantastic prizes and have your images featured on the 2011 HTF Calendarfull details


Conservation Area awareness

Do your residents know if they live in a Conservation Area and what this might mean to them as property owners?  Let us know how you communicate this to residents to contribute to a project to develop better understanding within the community ... email the HTF Director


Publication offers / FREE Downloads

Historic Core Zone Project (1999) and Historic Core Zone Project Review (2003) - give 4 examples of how traffic measures can be designed to fit in with the character and appearance of historical towns.  Available as FREE DOWNLOADS for HTF Members or  together on CD for £15 ... order CD  

Employees of HTF Member organisations can enjoy the discounts and special offers on HTF events and publications - Call 0117 9750459 to find out if your organisation is a Member of HTF or check our online Directory of Members


'Saving Heritage at Risk'

The creative reuse of historic buildings is one of the most sustainable forms of development. HTF Member Bath Preservation Trust invites you to discover what support is available to save buildings at risk and ideas for how you might take your own project forward ... read more

March 2010

Historic Towns Forum Update

Managing Growth - a new report

Positive, strategic and practical approaches to effectively addressing the growth pressures are explored in the new report by HTF Vice Chair Brian Human: 'Capturing Quality in Our Time'


PPS15 - what's the latest?

HTF remains committed to making every effort to represent its Membership in the formation of policy and guidance on heritage protection and continues to argue for consultation on the final revisioning of PPS15 ... read more


Will you be affected by the IPC?

The Infrastructure Planning Commission went live on Monday 1 March. After that date applications for energy and transport projects which are classed as "nationally significant infrastructure projects" under The Planning Act 2008 must be made to the IPC … read more


Green Planning Rulebook

HTF welcomes the recent announcement by the Government of its Green Planning Rulebook which offers guidance to councils to address climate change. This is a topic which will be addressed at the Forum’s Annual Conference to be held in Oxford in October this year, looking at how historic towns can contribute to a more sustainable future … read more


Programme of HTF projects and events 2010

A number of important issues will be addressed this year by the Forum in and around the UK and the Republic of Ireland ... find out more


Enter the HTF photo competition now!

Be one of the first to enter the HTF 2010 Photo Competition – six categories to choose from: 1. Managing Growth/Housing, 2. Public Realm/Streetscape, 3. Heritage led regeneration, 4. Retail development, 5. Sustainable tourism, and 6. Transport and traffic management … full details


Retail development in Wales

HTF will be looking at how, Local Authority/Developer partnership and a significant investment in the public realm have underpinned the success of St David’s, Cardiff, opened last October. HTF invites you to examine the good practice. …more details


Maximising the tourism potential of heritage towns: 13-14 May

A two day conference in Youghal, Republic of Ireland, has been designed to share and disseminate good practice. The programme includes an international overview of best practice, sustainable tourism guidelines, research by Failte Ireland and case studies from Europe. … more details


Park & Ride - survey and report update

The interim report of the Park & Ride survey carried out on HTF’s behalf by RPS last year gave some interesting results … but the study goes on. To further help analyse the sustainability of P&R schemes, the purpose of their implementation and whether alternatives have been considered - you are again invited to share your experience on the updated survey


HTF Members' offers

Employees of HTF Member organisations can enjoy the discounts and special offers on HTF events and publications - Call 0117 9750459 to find out if your organisation is a Member of HTF or check our online Directory of Members