Townscape in Focus: Challenges & Opportunities

Thursday 9 - Friday 10 October 2008

Click on the links below to see the conference presentations.

The Starting Point

Townscape today - challenges and opportunities of 'Townscape in Trouble' - 16 years on - Gordon Somerville, Retired Head of Planning, Scarborough Borough Council & co-author of 'Townscape in Trouble' Presentation script and Review of 'Townscape in Trouble' - 16 years on

See also Gordon's presentation script and review of 'Townscape in Trouble'

New Research

The Heritage at Risk Survey - Russell Walters, Head of Operations, English Heritage


Survey of Use of Article 4 Directions - research findings - Andrew Dick, Associate, Built Heritage Division, RPS Planning and Development

See also Andrew Dick's conference notes on 'The Use of Article 4 Directions'

Case Studies

Identifying, enhancing and measureing the imapct of local distinctiveness - Norwich Lanes Pilot - Michael Loveday, CEO, Heritage, Economic and Regeneration Trust

In depth characterisation - Lincoln case study - Pete Boswell, Head of Planning, Lincoln City Council and Keith Laidler, Regeneration East Midlands

See Keith Laidler's bullet points

The Lichfield Case Study

Use of Article 4 Directions, Conservation Area Appraisals & Management - Dan Roberts, Conservation and Urban Design Manager, Lichfield District Council

Old buildings new uses and new building in context - Timothy Pain, Chief Officer, Lichfield Cathedral and Bob Ghosh, Director, Kinetic AIU Ltd

See also Bob Ghosh's presentation notes

Friarsgate retail scheme - Emrys Jones, Director, Lichfield District Venture

Public realm improvements - paving - Matthew Bowers, Project Manager, for scheme and Senior Planning Officer, Lichfield District Council

New design in historic context - Andrew Hayward, Director, Brownhill Hayward Brown


Friday 10 October

Heritage Protection

The way ahead implementing the Heritage Protection Bill/Act - Harry Reeves, Deputy Director, Culture, Department for Culture, Media & Sport

The Sustainability Agenda

Townscape, conservation and economics - Stephen Wright, Principal Lawyer (Planning), John Lewis Partnership

European guidelines on air quality and its impact on historic buildings and monuments - John Watt, Centre for Decision Analysis & Risk Management, Middlesex University

BREEM in use - conservation and climate change - Philip Carney, Business Development, BRE

The Skills Agenda

Historic Environment Traineeships - a component of the construction conservation package - Steven Bee, Director of Planning and Development, English Heritage (presentation details to follow)

'Capacity check', Urban Design Skills appraisal - David Chapman, Director, Urban Design Skills

Conservation Skills and Services - Sean O'Reilly, Director, IHBC (presentation details to follow)

Integrated Project and Heritage Management - John Edwards, UK Director, TKB Southgate Associates and CIOB Conservation Group Chair

Local listings - Pete Boland, Principal Conservation Officer, Dudley MBC