This report produced by the Historic Towns and Villages Forum, and the Alliance of Historic Cathedral Cities and Towns, addresses the widespread public concern that many historic places are damaged by unsustainable development. The report looks at 12 case studies and brings together the views of civic societies, local planning authority officers and councillors to make recommendations about best practice.
It includes a Toolkit which presents a Local Plan Review process highlighting when different issues should be considered – such as transport, density, views, character and building heights – and how local planning authorities can draw on the enthusiasm, knowledge and experience available in civic societies and local volunteers to gather a sound evidence base. With St Albans Local Plan review in progress, this report offers some pointers of issues we may need to address.
The speaker is Ian Green from Oxford Civic Society, who provided one of the case studies in the report.
Download the report summary by clicking on the link “Towards a Better Balance between Heritage and Growth“ or the full report including the toolkit is available here.