NEW RESEARCH PROJECT: BALANCING HERITAGE AND GROWTH IN CATHEDRAL CITIES AND HISTORIC TOWNS

The Historic Towns and Villages Forum (HTVF) and the Alliance of Historic Cathedral Cities and Towns (ACT) have appointed Allies and Morrison to undertake a new piece of research, studying how growth is being accommodated in historic towns in England and how heritage and growth can be better balanced.

The study will focus on historic towns and cities to produce practical, policy-relevant recommendations designed to help local authorities to tackle the challenges of development in relation to heritage and empower local communities to assist this. The project will be built around the contributions of local civic societies in identifying local character and local challenges to heritage. It will deliver a method for assessing the types and characteristics of development likely to be sympathetic to historic places and it will provide guidance for planners, civic societies and conservation specialists on how to ensure positive benefits from development in historic places.