Heritage Protection or 'Townscape in Trouble'?

Both of these were major issues in 2008: the famous Bill that the Queen had no room for and the Forum's review of the 1992 document that could be said to have started it all - many years ago.

Add to these the conclusions that we were able to draw from the research into the use of Article 4 Directions carried out by RPS, and we have a lot of food for thought.

In order to formulate a strategy to address the range of challenges in this area that face the Forum's Membership, we must explore:

  • Integrating heritage protection and planning
  • Partnership agreements
  • The effective use of available tools:
      - Use of Article 4
      - Appraisals
      - BREAM in use
      - Local lists
      - Partnership arrangements

  • Whether the resources to do the job are available
  • Good practice in securing, developing and retaining resources and skills
  • The role of integrated project management
    and probably more!
The 2008 Annual Conference brought together expertise in many of these fields and presenting this intelligence in a coherent and helpful way is one of our main aims in the coming year.

Anticipation of the new Planning Policy Statements has guided our diary of events for 2009, and as these evolve, we will develop the programme to offer opportunities for information exchange and guidance.