February 2011

Historic Towns Forum Newsletter
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Director's message

It’s been 2 years since HTF dropped the ‘England’ from its title and became a UK-wide organisation. While it’s clear that Localism is here to stay, it’s also clear that this should not mean encouraging isolation within communities or within countries. Rather, we should be encouraging diversity but simultaneously sharing good practice and experience far beyond our local remits. Read more

February 2011

Tourism, Localism and LEPs
Conservation tops neighbourhood planning needs
Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill
Best re-use of a listed building to be showcased at Scottish Design Awards
SPAB seeks sandstone house for energy efficiency study
Consultations and responses
Previous HTF responses
Reviews
Ecobuild
Wood Window Alliance
Improve your town or city centre at night - Go for the Purple Flag!
Featured Member: Winchester City Council
Tourism in Adveristy
Free downloads
Listed property show
Internships
New Members

Localism

The Localism agenda is moving apace: the second reading of the Localism Bill took place on 17 January; community, civic, planning and heritage organisations are already working together to ensure that the needs of all will be fairly addressed when the Bill is finally passed. 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. Read more

Tourism, Localism 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 Localism Bill, Local Enterprise Partnerships, and tourism opportunities. Among our keynote speakers will be James Beresford from VisitEngland. Watch this space for further details and save the date for your diaries!

Conservation tops neighbourhood planning needs

Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement in England, recently polled the public on which policy is most important for inclusion in the forthcoming National Planning Policy Framework. Conservation was top priority with over 46%, while local distinctiveness came a clear second with more than 18% of the vote. For further information see www.civicvoice.org.uk

Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

The Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Scotland Bill received the support of the Scottish Parliament as a Bill harmonising the existing legislation protecting historic buildings and monuments. The Bill has been welcomed strongly across the sector in Scotland, with supporting bodies such as BEFS and IHBC promoting additional provisions. For more on the Bill see here

Best re–use of a listed building to be showcased at Scottish Design Awards

Best re–use of a listed building to be showcased at Scottish Design Awards Architects and designers from across Scotland are being asked to showcase the best re–use of a listed building at the Scottish Design Awards. Nominations are open until Friday 11 February for this year’s awards which highlight some of the best design work being carried out in Scotland. Read more

SPAB seeks sandstone house for energy efficiency study

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) will be studying the energy efficiency of a select group of historical buildings throughout 2011-12. They are looking currently for a solid wall sandstone house that has significant refurbishment planned before next winter. Any pre-1919 home will be considered (preferably listed) and with planning permission already obtained. If you are interested or can help, please contact Jonathan Garlick, Technical Officer at SPAB: jonathan@spab.org.uk or on 0207 456 0906.

Consultations and responses

Previous HTF responses

Reviews

HTF supports Ecobuild 2011

visit www.ecobuild.co.uk to pre-register for free admission.

The Wood Window Alliance

Come and talk to us about heritage wood windows at Ecobuild

The Wood Window Alliance is exhibiting at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition - visit us at stand S1225. This is a good opportunity to see the latest in heritage wood windows and to talk directly with members about the issues of replacing windows in conservation areas. If you would like to fix a time to talk with us,email baranby@woodwindowalliance.com

For more information about our heritage windows visit www.wwa-infocentre.com. To find a member who can supply heritage wood windows, or renovate existing wood windows, visit www.woodwindowalliance.com

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

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.

Featured Member: Winchester City Council

Winchester City Council and Winchester BID – A Purple Flag Partnership

Winchester City Council and Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) led local partners through the Purple Flag process in 2010. It was a great opportunity to examine the evening period in Winchester holistically, rather than looking solely at one aspect or another. Colleagues from a number of disciplines, within and outside the Council, were brought together and contributed to an overview of the city centre. Those partners are now working together to drive up standards and create new opportunities for all age groups in the city centre. Read more

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. Read more

Download HTF publications for free

Manual for Historic Streets, Bus Based Park & Ride and Details and Good Practice in Shopfront Design – plus much more policy and practical guidance – now available as free downloads to the HTF Membership. Not sure if your organisation is a member? Check here or join now.

Listed property show

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.

Internships

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. Read more

New Members

Donald Insall Associates
Solar Slate Ltd
Stuart Turner
Steven Bee Urban Counsel
Cadw
DLA Landscape and Urban Design Ltd