2011 news articles

2011 news articles

The Listed Property Show 2013


The FREE ADMISSION Listed Property Show returns to Olympia, London
and it looks set to be the biggest and best yet!

Olympia London – 16th and 17th February 2013

The exhibition, which is organised by the Listed Property Owners’ Club (LPOC), provides practical advice, tips and information for homeowners looking to maintain or refurbish their properties.

The seventh annual show will feature more than 100 specialist suppliers showcasing products and services.

A spokesman for the Listed Property Owners’ Club said: “We are delighted with the response to the previous shows and we already have more exhibitors joining us for the next show.”

The Listed Property Show brings together the industry’s best – all under one roof at London’s Olympia – and there’s no other event like it. It’s a unique opportunity for a stress-free one-to-one conversation with Conservation Officers, who will happily talk you through any hypothetical plans you may have about altering or extending your home. The event will also include architects
and planners, window and door manufacturers, craftsmen and ‘caring’ builders, as well as practical demonstrations.

More than 100 of the UK’s leading experts will be at the show to give advice and guidance. Many will be giving practical demonstrations, including woodcarving, lead work, plasterwork and window and door manufacturing. There will also be interactive talks by, amongst others, English Heritage.

Other exhibits includes the Charles Brooking Collection of architectural details, the Georgian Group, Salvo, Estate Management and architectural historians, as well as many commercial suppliers of products suitable for period homes.

                         Entry to the show is free when applied for in advance; get your free invitation from www.lpoc.co.uk or via email info@lpoc.co.uk. Alternatively ring 01795 844939

If you own a listed property or are thinking of purchasing one, you can’t afford to miss this!

Did you know? 
There are 450,000 listed properties in the UK / 92% are grade II listed / 5.5% are grade II* listed / 2.5% are grade I listed / 38% of listed properties are domestic dwellings / 15% of listed buildings are pre-1600 / The show will have over 100 exhibitors / Exhibitors range from historic tapestries and flooring solutions to conservatories and roof tiles / The Listed Property Owners’ Club has more than 19,000 members


For further information or images, call Jo Dennis on 01795 844939
Email: jo@lpoc.co.uk. PRESS PASSES AVAILABLE.

Historic Towns Forum Director to lead examination of Localism Act

A director from the historic built environment sector is to chair an event that will look at the impact of large scale changes to planning legislation. 

Dr Noël James, who heads up the Historic Towns Forum, is to lead a one day session on February 21 that will examine the practicalities behind Eric Pickles’ controversial Localism Bill, a Bill that has now become an Act of Parliament.  The Act proposes to give local authorities and people the power to shape their own communities by, amongst other measures, providing the potential power to veto planning applications made by developers.  

The event, called Understanding Localism, will be run by the Historic Towns Forum (HTF), of which Noël is Director, and is co-sponsored Bircham Dyson Bell, a leading legal firm who advises English Heritage.

Noëlsaid: “The Localism Act represents a shift change in the way towns and communities are developed.  It is vital that local authorities, conservation, construction, planning and urban design professionals and key regional stakeholders all understand the impact it will have and how it will make a difference to community planning. 

“The HTF is in place to help encourage collaboration between local authorities and professionals working in the historic built environment, and provide linkages, so the Localism Act is clearly a key issue to us.  We’ve very grateful for the support of organisations such as Bircham Dyson Bell as they allow us to continue this work and ultimately ensure the creation and conservation of environments that the entire community can enjoy.” 

Speakers from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Bircham Dyson Bell, Henry Russell, Chair of the Spatial Planning Advocacy Group, Heritage Alliance,and leading practitioners Locality will also be speaking at the event. 

“The combined experience of 25 years working with public and private sector bodies in the historic built environment has equipped the HTF with a deep understanding of how different organisations approach the implementation of new legislation. Putting this experience into use means that we can help to facilitate our members’ understanding of the Localism Act on a practical level. 

“Assisting local authorities and other local stakeholders to make the new legislation understandable to their communities will enable HTF and partners to make valuable contributions to local placemaking.  Working with private sector organisations as well as the public sector will, in turn, mean that they have a greater appreciation of the issues involved with changing planning processes.  It is this collaboration that will mean the Act is accepted with minimum disruption and maximum benefit to everyone.” 

Understanding Localism is to be held at Bircham Dyson Bell, 50 Broadway, London
SW1H 0BL. Those interested in attending should see the following link: www.historictownsforum.org/london12_1or contact Helen Johnson, Marketing and Communications, Historic Towns Forum on Helen.Johnson@uwe.ac.ukor 0117 975 0459.



Local tourism firms urged to join the 20.12% discount scheme

The initiative will be launched next year by VisitEngland as part of a campaign to use the Games to boost domestic tourism. Under the scheme, holidaymakers booking a UK short break before the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games will be eligible for a 20.12% discount.

The campaign will run throughout next year, backed with heavy-weight TV advertising. Already taking part in the scheme are Bourne Leisure, Superbreaks and Hoseasons. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has urged tourism businesses around the country to take advantage of the opportunity. Read more

Implementing the Penfold Review

On 29 November the Government published its programme for implementation of the Penfold Review. Of particular interest in relation to heritage protection and listed buildings, is the measure to enable the extent of a building’s listing to be defined in its list entry. This removes the need to apply for consent for works to other parts of that building. Listed building owners and local authorities will be able to enter into Statutory Management Agreements to enable works specified in that agreement to be undertaken without the need for separate consent applications.
Read more
Read the EH response

The Localism Act and community assets

An outcome of the Localism Act requireslocal authorities to maintain lists of assets for community value. When an asset is put up for sale, a moratorium of six months must be allowed on the sale, allowing local groups time to put together a bid to take it over for community benefit.

The Act does not give community organisations first refusal when community assets come up for sale, as originally proposed by community groups, but groups will have opportunities to take on the planning system, to take over failing services and to take ownership of significant historic buildings.

In April HTF will be holding a seminar to give help in how to implement Asset Transfer Register you interest

Useful information:
Supporting community asset transfers toolkits

NPPF Update

In total there were 13,700 responses to the NPPF consultation. Local authorities are very concerned about the proposed changes to national planning policy. Main issues include the definition of sustainable development, the lack of emphasis on reusing brownfield land and the need for appropriate transitional arrangements to ensure a smooth shift to any new system.

The Environmental Audit Committee and the Communities & Local Government Committee have undertaken linked but separate inquiries on the draft NPPF. The Environmental Audit Committee has since written to the CLG highlighting the concerns (above) and had also suggested the scale of change needed to the document requires a futher round of public consultation once an improved draft is produced by Government (although this is unlikely) and that The House should also be given an opportunity to vote on the NPPF. The report is expected to be published on Wednesday 21 December 2011. Find out more

Director's View

As the festive season approaches here at the HTF offices it is all still go – a visit to Blenheim Palace yesterday to organise next year’s English Tourism Week conference brought home just how wonderful is our national tourism offer – so much culture, heritage and enterprise rolled into one. Nothing could have been more beautiful in the crisp cold blue of yesterday’s morning than the vista of Blenheim framed by the lake and the sunshine and the festive cheer as we pulled in – and it was heartening to see that Blenheim, a successful tourism model if ever there was one, maximising the spirit of Christmas enterprise by the sale of some rather magnificent Norwegian pines (the ones that don’t drop needles) grown and sold from the estate itself. Our conference, ‘Culture, Heritage, Tourism – developing the product’ will be held at Blenheim on 16 March and will feature a key note speech from Lady Cobham, Chair of VisitEngland, and a follow-up from John Hoy, Blenheim’s Chief Executive, on the success of Blenheim as an economic model.

Which leads us to enterprise on the High Street and the Portas Review. Some of the areas we will cover in our conference include the gap in skills – particularly around customer service within the tourism industry – and on our return journey, out of interest, we visited some retail areas within various historic cores. I was surprised by how quiet these shops were at this time of year, and also by the fairly low standard of customer service (although it pains me to say it). The Portas Review, out this week, has 28 recommendations for High Street recovery. These focus largely on filling empty premises and show considerable strategic vision, but there could be stronger links to the particular offer of tourism within high street cores, and within this addressing the issue of skills is imperative. The customer service was so poor in the places we visited yesterday that I could well see at least one reason why they were empty. With 2012 fast approaching and overseas visitors expected at an all-time high, we would surely want their retail experience to be as good as their tourism experience – there must be greater join-up between the two. And it goes without saying (although I shall say it) that the heritage offer within the high street of the historic town should be included within this.

But enough scrooging for now! Here at the office we wish you all a lovely festive season and extend our heartfelt thanks to you all for your continued support. We look very much forward to seeing you all again in 2012, and hope you will enjoy our 25th Anniversary celebrations! Merry Christmas!

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Merging Conservation Area Consent into Planning Permission: Historic Environment Forum reports

The implications for removing conservation area consent and replacing it with a planning permission requirement for demolition within a conservation area was considered as part of the Heritage Protection Bill, which went through a White Paper consultation and a pre-legislative scrutiny.

During those processes there was no adverse comment of note except a concern that it should be an offence to fail to apply for planning permission to demolish - so as to retain a deterrent effect. A failure to apply for planning permission is not currently an offence, whereas a failure to apply for CAC is. This was to be addressed in the Bill by a specific offence being created. This must be replicated for protection levels to remain.

There was also mention at the time that it would effectively remove the current ecclesiastical exemption for CAC and that it would introduce charging. The latter need not be a forgone conclusion, but may not be a significant issue in any event as the planning application is likely to encompass the new-build to replace the demolished building.

As a matter of law at present one is obliged to consider the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character and appearance of the conservation area under CAC and this will be maintained if the matter were decided instead by planning permission.

As things stand now the key national policies on deciding a CAC are set out in PPS5 - to be replicated in effect in the NPPF. The policies also apply to planning permission decisions, where relevant, and to the formation of development plans. So the national policy on demolition within a CA will not change, and neither will the statutory considerations.

The only thing that could be said to change is the emphasis placed on the development plan. One way to put it would be to say we would be changing the formula from one where the decision is to be decided in accordance with law and national policy, taking into account the development plan, to one where the decision is to be decided in accordance with the law and the development plan, taking into account the national policy. Giving the hierarchy of the national policy and the need for development plans to be in accordance with it, there is in any event a circularity here that means those two are a distinction in approach without a real difference.

The net effect of the change is that what is currently taken into account will remain relevant and that the sense of weight to be given to unlisted buildings in conservation areas will remain dependent on the law and the national policies, as it is now. The real change will be noticed in the process rather than the principles of the decision-marking.