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Finding New Life for our Heritage Assets
Tuesday 11th February 2020, Kellogg College, Oxford
Tickets £35-155​

Following our popular seminar in March 2019 on 'Protecting our Heritage Assets', we will explore how to encourage more creative and economically viable solutions for heritage preservation and regeneration. As the role of preservation trusts and community-led action are increasingly important and welcomed by the government and its statutory bodies, examining the 'conservation deficit' is very timely.

Where this financial dilemma has previously been met by a reliance on grant funding, this event will look at how best to work with market forces to incorporate new land uses or development (whether residential, workspace, retail etc.). Community uses such as cafes, IT hubs, dark rooms and gallery space are important in bringing places back to life, and commercial approaches could help to make projects more sustainable financially.
So what are the trade-offs between changes to an asset or its setting and its preservation?

For communities and local trusts, this is an important issue to consider in preparing plans to save local heritage. For colleagues in local government, this is an opportunity to consider how to balance change and preservation.
Delegates will learn about:

• The best approaches to seeking heritage grant funding
• The role of the property market in enabling heritage to be saved and better managed
• How incorporating commercial development could sustain major national heritage assets
• How to assess the future life of a heritage asset
• 3 innovative community-led case studies of buildings and their new lives, plus
• A hands-on workshop to debate what the acceptable trade-offs would be.

9.30am Tea and coffee on arrival
9.45am Welcome, Louise Thomas, HTVF Director
Introduction to the Challenges and Opportunities, Matthew Mckeague, Chief Executive, The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)
The Role of Professionals and Communities in Finding New Uses for Historic Places, Peter Mitchell, Planning and Development Associate, Gascoyne Estates
11am Q&A followed by tea and coffee
11.30am Finding Viable New Uses, David Geddes, Destination Consulting, Colliers International
Saving a Building: Bridport Literature and Science Institute, Trevor Ware, Chair, Bridport Area Development Trust
12.30 Q&A followed by lunch
What Makes for a Viable New Use, Alastair Dick-Cleland, Conservation Manager and Surveyor, The Landmark Trust
2.30pm Introduction to Workshop: Making a local landmark viable again, Louise Thomas, HTVF
Tea and coffee
4pm Saving a Building: The Old School, Wolverton, Marie Osborne, Chair, Future Wolverton
Creating a Legacy of Preservation: Devizes Assize Court, Colin Johns, Devizes Assize Court Trust
5pm Discussion and Close
This event counts as 6 hours of CPD. Join the HTVF now and save money - see for details and for more details of our work.
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Character, Quality & Design in Neighbourhood Planning and beyond

Thursday 27 February 2020, Kellogg College, Oxford
Please note new date!
Tickets £35-155​ 
This seminar-workshop on design quality is for communities and professionals alike, and will explore the role of design in Neighbourhood Planning and other policy-making contexts. As so many Neighbourhood Planning groups go through a learning curve consulting their neighbours, analysing and allocating sites, and finally writing policies, design quality is often understated.
 Yet the quality and layout of new development makes a great difference to the future character of settlements. In the past some communities have prepared Village Design Statements to capture the local character and start to set out design parameters, and so this seminar-workshop will look at how to bridge the gap between identifying local character and specifying design quality in various ways. Delegates will hear about:
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  • Locality's new Toolkit Achieving well-designed places through neighbourhood planning, and the funding support available for greater design aspirations
  • The National Trust's new Toolkit Planning for Heritage to help communities to develop better heritage-related policies in their neighbourhood plans
  • The role of pattern books in moving from seeing character to identifying design policies to deliver it
  • How top housing architects are responding to the challenge of housing growth and local character, especially in large developments - the Distinctively Local campaign
  • Best practice in writing design policies for neighbourhood plans with a strong heritage and design backdrop, and
  • A hands-on workshop session to explore the issues on the day.


9.30am        Tea and coffee on arrival
9.45am        Welcome, Louise Thomas, HTVF Director
10am           Neighbourhood Planning & Design Quality the story so far, Jeff Bishop & Georgina Perry, Place Studio
10.45am      Supporting Design in Neighbourhood Plans – the new Locality Toolkit, Ben Castell, Director, AECOM
11.15am      Q&A followed by tea and coffee
11.45am      Planning for Heritage: the new National Trust toolkit, Dave Chetwyn, Director, Urban Vision Enterprise
12.15         Successful Community-led Policy-making in Historic Settings: Rob Lloyd-Sweet, Historic Places Adviser, Historic England 
12.45pm      Q&A followed by lunch
1.45pm        Distinctively Local – Responding to the Government's Building Better, Building Beautiful campaignSimon Bayliss, Managing Partner, HTA Design
2.15pm        Introduction to Workshop: Defining the Essential Criteria for a Design Code, including site visit to Norham Road, Louise Thomas, HTVF
 3.30pm        Tea and coffee
4pm            From Local Character to Pattern Books and Design Policies, Richard Eastham, Feria Urbanism
4.30pm        Discussion and Close

This event counts as 6 hours of CPD. Save money today by joining the Historic Towns and Villages Forum - see for details!