The Institute of Historic Building Conservation has published a new guidance note on planning authority duties in the provision of appropriate specialist conservation advice in England. The guidance note outlines the key statutory and non-statutory duties that local planning authorities have to provide in terms of specialist conservation advice.
This report, published by the planning and environment consultancy, Green Balance, investigates the effectiveness of local plan-making in protecting England’s heritage in small cathedral cities and historic towns. The report specifically explores how current policy and practice address potential tensions between meeting local development needs and giving proper weight to conserving the special qualities of historic settlements.
Is heritage just a socially acceptable version of tribalism? Has social media produced a culture of ‘place-less’ relationships? These were some of the central themes explored in a major public debate on heritage and identity. A video of the event is available online.
The latest issue (Winter 2014) of the Conservation Bulletin from English Heritage is a special issue which covers the theme of children and place. Topics covered include place of childhood; heritage and education; and place-based learning.
Heritage Counts is an annual survey of the state of England’s historic environment, produced by English Heritage on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum. It aims to provide historic environment professionals and those interested in the historic environment with the information and data required to make decisions and influence policy about the historic environment. It will also allow them to make the case for heritage. Each year Heritage Counts explores the social and economic role of the historic environment and focuses on a different theme. The theme for 2014 is the value and impact of heritage. There is a national report as well as nine regional reports and a number of research reports undertaken each year to support the Heritage Counts theme.
This guidance from English Heritage looks at best practice on the understanding, conservation and thermal upgrading of traditional windows. According to the report, the loss of traditional windows continues to pose one of the major threats to our heritage and has long been a major concern for English Heritage. With an increasing emphasis being placed on making existing buildings more energy efficient, they are possibly now at greater risk than ever from replacement or unsuitable adaptation.
English Heritage has today announced the latest findings of its annual Heritage at Risk Register.
The Government has confirmed plans to restructure English Heritage. A new body to manage and promote the properties and sites in the National Heritage Collection, numbering more than 400, will be set up as well as a separate one to provide expert advice and act as a champion for the sector. The Government’s intention to restructure English Heritage was first announced in the 2013 Spending Round announcement in June last year. A consultation on the plans was published in December 2013, and the results have now been published.
English Heritage has published guidance aimed at both local authorities and community groups, which intends to provide clear advice on when and how to transfer heritage assets from public to community ownership.
In partnership with the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), Visit Britain held a seminar on how to market culture and heritage internationally. The event was attended by attractions and destinations across Britain. Presentations are available online.