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Historic environment group (HEG)

These pages are compiled from suggestions and content contributed by the members of the Historic Environment Group. To join the Group please contact the Network Manager after completing this brief survey which gathers member interests via this link.City of Bath  The Group is not restricted to RTPI Members.

Our Next Member Event:

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Our Last Member Events:

A Stroll in Bedford Park: A guided tour of the first garden suburb
Bedford Park in West London is justifiably regarded as the first garden suburb. Our guided tour gave an excellent appreciation of the area, its impressive housing, its heritage and its lessons for present day suburbs.

Moat Lane Towcester
In 2012 there was an opportunity to see and learn about the award-winning Moat Lane regeneration project in Towcester. Towcester is an historically important market town and the Moat Lane site is situated within the town centre conservation area and includes multiple listed buildings, historic burgage plots, a scheduled ancient monument and Grade II* registered watermeadows.  
As is usual for a Networks event, a wide range of interests gathered together to look at a very interesting example of heritage-led regeneration and to be intrigued by what will happen next, as the Council was about to select a development partner. Sincere thanks go to South Northamptonshire Council who provided the room but also to Urban Deliverys Kate Pinnock and Ross Ingham, and masterplanner Rob West. Their presentation can be seen here. Attendee Phil Turner kindly shared his photos of the event and some more background details of the Mill building that stands to one end of the site.  The article that appeared in Planning (p30) giving the background to the visit may also be of interest.

Do you have local events or are you prepared to offer one to which we could give publicity via the member Bulletin?

Latest Bulletin News:

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Web Resources:

Heritage Alliance's Heritage Funding Directory
This Directory is a free, easy to use guide to potential sources of support, financial and otherwise, for the United Kingdom.

Historic Scotland
The new Historic Scotland technical conservation website contains information and resources on conservation methods, traditional materials and skills, current research and provides access to digital publications and video resources.

Maintenance Matters!
A new web resource designed by Cadw, the Welsh Assembly Governments historic environment service, for owners of historic and listed properties.

Sustainable Heritage: An online toolkit for asset management
The Princes Regeneration Trust has responded to the problem of an increasing number of important historic buildings at risk across the UK by launching Sustainable Heritage: A free online toolkit for asset management. Sustainable Heritage is designed to help local authorities and other public bodies make informed decisions about the future of heritage assets in their ownership, and to manage and dispose of these assets in a sustainable way.

English Heritage HELM
HELM (Historic Environment Local Management) provides accessible information, training and guidance to decision makers in local authorities, local agencies and national organisations whose actions affect the historic environment.

Useful Publications:

Heritage in local plans: how to create a sound plan under the NPPF
"One of the core dimensions of sustainable development is the protection and enhancement of the historic environment." – guidance from English Heritage.

Averting Crisis in Heritage: This report from the Country Landowner & Business Association (CLA) sees heritage as a key part of the future, not just the past, and shows how the CLA wants to work with English Heritage and others in the heritage world to devise and implement changes which will allow the system to protect our heritage more effectively.The Report attracted significant media coverage, including a two-page article in Country Life (13 July) and a feature in Building Design.

Strategic Environmental Assessment, Sustainability Appraisal and the Historic Environment
new guidance from English Heritage.

The Green Guide for Historic Buildings
Published by The Prince's Regeneration Trust, this provides step-by-step advice on how to carry out sympathetic adaptations and address how effective they are likely to be in saving money and reducing carbon emissions.

Recent Consultations:

Improvements to the system of Listed Building Consents
This DCMS consultation sought views on options for changing the system of listed building consents, ensuring that heritage assets are conserved in a manner appropriate to their significance whilst at the same time to avoiding increased burdens on local
planning authorities.
The RTPI response to the Consultation can be read here.
The English Heritage response is here.

Good Practice Guide for Local Listing: Identifying and Managing Significant Local Heritage Assets: following the invitation to Group members for input, the RTPI made a submission to English Heritage in response to their consultation on the draft Guide.

The Setting of Heritage Assets
Following a Group event around this Consultation the RTPI made a formal submission that can be read here.

Consultation on the English Heritage guidance document Understanding Place: Historic Area Assessments Principles and Practice'
The RTPI was invited to comment on this document in draft. Group Member Gill Thompson kindly provided some comments - via 'notes' on the original text - that you can see via this link.

Consultation on Historic Scotland Guidance Notes - Managing Change in the Historic Environment - see link for details

Other Recent Events:

There may be interest in holding similar events to those below in other parts of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales if this would be of interest or you are able to offer/suggest a venue please contact the network manager.   

Penfold Review: heritage implications
A full house for this HEG event at the RTPI Offices was pleased to have an introduction from and debate with English Heritage representatives Sarah Buckingham, Dr Richard Morris & Charles Wagner. Their note of the implications for local authorities provided the basis for the discussion but debate was more wide-ranging and one amendment was provided in the light of a clarification from Minister John Penrose. The proposals to create a role for accredited independent agents (B2 in the note) will still be within the framework for local, democratic decision-making and the approach adopted for multi-route Building Regulations approvals is not  the model being used for listed building consents.

Walking Tour of historic Clerkenwell
Clerkenwell is an historic part of the Borough of Islington. It took its name from the Clerks' Well in Farringdon Lane. After the Second World War Clerkenwell suffered from industrial decline and many of the premises occupied by the engineering, printing publishing and meat and food trades (the last mostly around Smithfield Market) fell empty. A general revival and gentrification began in the 1980s, and the area is now known for loft-living in some of the former industrial buildings and home to many professional offices. The map of the Clerkenwell tour and some of the photos taken en route are available via the link.

Group Resources:

The Network is seeking to establish a comprehensive on-line resource & signposting for planners involved in heritage conservation. Six pages have now been completed by members of the Interest Group - links are in the titles below. If you might be willing to contribute by acting as author and/or editor for some additional specialist subject area pages, please email the network manager

Content suggested thus far for this resource is:

Ancient Monuments
Climate change issues
Conservation Areas
Education/interpretation & heritage
Gardens and designed landscapes
Heritage-led regeneration (revised 2011)(see also the Regeneration Network webpage)
Industrial heritage
Liaison with specialist heritage bodies
Listed/historic buildings (repair/retention/re-use)
Natural landscape/National Parks
Repair to Sandstone Walls (link to a page on the Angus Council website)
Tourism & heritage
Urban integration
World/National Heritage

Related documents you may be interested in:

Summary of draft Heritage Protection Bill (not currently being taken forward as legislation)