The IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts’, with notices from across the development sector’s publications, and this week features Designing Building Wiki’s (DBW) Newsletter notice to its 13K user list on the Inquiry by the new APPG on Conservation Places and People (CPP APPG) into ‘21st Century Places – Values & Benefits‘, closing 29 January 2021.
… [Inquiry will examine] the value of the historic environment and how it can help to promote growth and regeneration…
…contribute to the wider agendas… promote sustainable patterns of development…provide flexible, low rental space…revive neglected crafts
… What are the implications of the government’s reforms to the English planning system… impacts of cuts
For its inaugural inquiry, the… APPG on Conservation Places and People will examine the value of the historic environment and how it can help to promote growth and regeneration…
The Committee is inviting written submissions on:
- What evidence exists of the economic, social and environmental benefits from the conservation, care and regeneration of historic buildings and areas, across the UK.
- How can the conservation and regeneration of historic areas contribute to the wider agendas of governments across the UK to equity and ‘levelling up’, along with their focus on high streets revival?
- Is there a case for further increasing the level of investment in the heritage and infrastructure of places outside London and the south east of England to assist the ‘levelling up’ of lagging regional economies?
- How can regeneration of the historic environment contribute to and interact with efforts to revive local economies in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent recession?
- What evidence exists that historic buildings provide flexible, low rental space for start-up businesses, social enterprises and community facilities, thereby helping to stimulate local economies, particularly in more peripheral neighbourhoods?
- How has heritage regeneration helped to boost the image and social cohesion of the areas they are located in, attracting investment and providing a catalyst for reversing economic decline?
- How can the care, repair and regeneration of the historic environment help to meet the UK’s commitment to sustainable development, including cutting emissions to net zero by avoiding the use and waste of scarce resources associated with demolition and redevelopment?
- How can conservation-led regeneration of the historic environment help to promote sustainable patterns of development, striking the right balance between economic growth and social equity, while also curbing wasteful emissions?
- What are the implications of the government’s reforms to the English planning system, proposed in the planning white paper, for the conservation and regeneration of historic areas?
- What have been the impacts of cuts in local government to the capacity of planning departments to facilitate the conservation and regeneration of sensitive historic areas?
- How can post pandemic efforts to boost skills training support efforts to revive neglected crafts key to historic building conservation?
- How can the conservation and restoration of historic parks and other important green spaces contribute to efforts to encourage exercise and thereby promote health and well-being?
Oral evidence sessions will be announced in due course.
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