June 2011

Historic Towns Forum Newsletter
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Cultural Tourism - is it missing a link?

As new moves by DCMS to support our international inward tourism market finally come into play and increasing attention is given to the role of VisitEngland in generating our internal tourism sector, I was myself, last weekend, left wondering exactly how the domestic UK market packages its more local tourism offers. VisitEngland, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Destination Management Partnerships are all working on local relationships and offers, but what could we do in our historic towns, cities and communities to help forward this engagement and connection? Read more

June 2011

The Giving White Paper
More neighbourhood planning frontrunners
Draft NPPF criticised
EH Corporate plan launched
National Heritage List for England
EH launches Portico
NHPP launched
The Setting of Heritage Assets
The high street review
Shepton Mallet THI
Engaging with LEPs
Tourism - great destinations
Going for Purple Flag
Visit London cultural toolkit
Royal Statistical Society
EH Angels Award
Reducing C02 emissions in historic houses
NHIG heritage blacksmiths bursary
HTF Photo Competition
HTF Events
Upcoming consultations
Previous HTF responses
New Members

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. Find out how to enter the competition

Localism Bill Update

The Localism Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords on 7 June. In advance of this, heritage bodies, led by the Heritage Alliance, issued a briefing to the House, outlining the sector’s stance on the Bill and welcoming amendments to the Bill so far with further suggestions to ensure protection for the historic environment.

The Bill will go into Committee Stage in the Lords on Monday 20 June.

Interestingly, a new report from the Communities and Local Government select committee pulls localism apart, highlighting confusion over clarity of definition and potential pitfalls for departments and councils attempting to implement it. The report says that ministers have failed to communicate a ‘compelling vision’ of localism and have left out councils from the localism agenda.

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. More information as it becomes available.

Read HTF’s response to the Bill
Join in with HTF’s Localism forum debates on LinkedIn
Follow the progress of the Bill
See the HTF- and IHBC-supported RTPI briefing
Follow the progress of the Heritage Alliance’s Parliamentary Team
Listen to views from all sides on BBC Radio 4
Free advice to support neighbourhood planning

BOOK HERE for HTF'S next localism events
in Chester on 17 June and in Bath on 21 July.

The Giving White Paper

The Government’s Giving White Paper, published on 23 May, sets out how Government intends to stimulate a cultural step-change in giving.
Read the National Council of Voluntary Organisations detailed policy analysis on the Paper around specific proposals and investments.

More Neighbourhood Planning Frontrunners Announced

Dozens more communities eager to test radical new rights that will give local people much greater ability to bring growth and shape development in their area have been announced. Read more

Draft NPPF criticised for not being green enough

The Practitioners Advisory Group (PAG) has published a suggested draft of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the coalition’s proposed unified planning document. Environment groups have criticised it for not being sufficiently green. Concern has also been mooted by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation that the draft is inadequate in many quarters. Read more
HTF will be commenting on the draft shortly.
View the PAG draft
See HTF response to initial consultation

Mary Portas reviews the future of the high street

Mary Portas, leading retail marketing consultant, has been appointed to lead an independent review into the future of the High Street. The review will identify what government, local authorities and businesses can do to promote the development of more prosperous and diverse high streets. HTF and English Heritage are jointly convening a cross-agency retail group that will feed into this process. More soon

English Heritage Launches Corporate Plan 2011-15

On 23 May John Penrose MP, Minister for Heritage and Tourism, launched English Heritage’s Corporate Plan at a high-profile cross-sector event at Apsley House, Number 1 London. Keynote speakers included Princess Antonia, Marchioness of Douro; Baroness Andrews; John Penrose MP and Simon Thurley. Read more

National Heritage List for England

English Heritage’s new online database brings together information on all nationally designated heritage assets in one place for the first time. Now you can search for all listed buildings, scheduled monuments, protected wreck sites and registered parks, gardens and battlefields.
Praised by Heritage Minister John Penrose
View the online list

English Heritage launches Portico

23 May 2011 saw the launch of the new online research gateway covering English Heritage’s 420 properties. English Heritage are keen to receive your views concerning the facility. Complete the Survey

The Setting of Heritage Assets

Between August and November 2010, English Heritage invited views on its draft guidance 'The Setting of Heritage Assets: English Heritage guidance'. The revised guidance will be published later in 2011. Download the Interim report on responses to consultation draft

National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP) launched

The NHPP sets out how English Heritage, with help from partners, will prioritise and deliver heritage protection to the next four years. More about the plan
Speech by Baroness Andrews
See HTF response to consultation

Upcoming consultations

Previous HTF responses

Reviews and new publications

New Members

Tweed Nuttall Warburton: Architects and Urban Designers
Ronacrete Ltd

View the full list of Members

Featured Local Authority Member: Mendip District Council

Shepton Mallet Townscape Heritage Initiative Complementary Initiatives
trying out traditional lime pointingHTF local authority member Mendip District Council shows how an area-based grant scheme does not have to be limited to traditional building repairs, as their programme of complementary initiatives associated with the Shepton Mallet Townscape Heritage Initiative demonstrates. Mendip DC logo
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Engaging with Local Enterprise Partnerships

The Government's new approach to economic development in England will give businesses and local communities new freedoms to drive growth. Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) are at the heart of this. HTF has recognised the importance of working with LEPs, and is holding engagment events around the country with the next, in Bury St Edmunds on 28 July, focusing on tourism, historic, and market town economies . Book your place

Tourism - Great Destinations
Brian Human writes

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. Read more

Tourism Intelligence

The Government’s Office for National Statistics has just released figures about the contribution of tourism to the UK economy. Read more

Excellent night-time economy? Go for Purple Flag

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, Chester - book now and
6 October, Glasgow - register interest

Visit London cultural toolkit

As part of the London Cultural Improvement Programme’s Marketing Culture for the Visitor Economy work-strand, Visit London has developed a series of Beginner’s Guides to support cultural organisations to improve their marketing strategies and techniques. Further information

Royal Statistical Society

The Royal Statistical Society is running a getstats campaign to raise awareness and understanding of numbers and statistics. The vision of this campaign is to help create a statistically literate citizenry capable of understanding data and making informed choices based on that understanding. It can also be a help to understand statistics when making an economic case or evaluating data. Find out more


EH Angels Awards

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. Application forms and further information will be available on the English Heritage website and on the Daily Telegraph’s website from 11 June. More information as it becomes available.

Reducing C02 Emissions in historic houses

4th year UWE architecture and planning student, Heidi Tremlett, has recently completed a five week placement with HTF. As part of this, she has produced, in conjunction with the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, a useful guidance leaflet. The leaflet shows how historic home owners can reduce CO2 emissions in their homes. Read more
HTF values the research offered by students from UWE and looks forward to helping the University place students with HTF Members next year. Contact us if you would be interested in this opportunity.
More later.

Heritage Blacksmithing – funded by HLF ‘Skills for the Future’

At the Listed Property Show earlier this year we met Bethan Griffiths, representing the National Heritage Ironwork Group. The group is carrying out important work to improve the standards of the restoration/conservation of ornamental ironwork. They have recently started a heritage bursary for blacksmithing course funded by HLF 'Skills for the Future' increase. Read more