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Kellogg College & Historic Towns Forum – Capturing a Place’s Character: My Town Heritage Explorers
28 January - 12:00 - 14:00
This pair of webinar-workshops will explore why defining local character matters, and will introduce the Toolkit that the Historic Towns and Villages Forum has been developing as part of a National Lottery Heritage Fund project – for delegates to use.
The proposals in the 2020 Planning White Paper point to far greater emphasis on gathering evidence about places much earlier in the Local Plan process. In order for the character and nature of places to be properly taken into account and the setting and place of non-designated heritage assets to be captured, there is a role for communities, civic and amenity groups, and local parish and town councils to support heritage officers. Similarly many communities are involved in neighbourhood planning, and are seeking to express what development being ‘in keeping’ actually means. Preparing a local character assessment and design codes are an essential way of conveying this to future decision-makers.
Participants will be encouraged to test the Toolkit in their local area and consider how they can use it in their work, neighbourhood plans, village design statements and as the bedrock for new design codes. The second workshop on 28th January 2021 will be a ‘show-and-tell’ session inviting delegates to report back on their findings – their observations and recommendations for their areas – as well as on the Toolkit itself.