Historic England has launched its next ‘Heritage Online Debate’ (successor to the Conservation Bulletin), a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act – ‘The Mother of All Planning Acts’ – which marked the ‘birth of the listed building system we know today’.
Sarah Tunnicliffe, HE, said: ‘Over the coming days and weeks we will be promoting the edition online, while any comments can be sent to me as we will be encouraging people to then write a feedback piece which we would put online.
Lead papers and authors include:
- The Mother of All Planning Acts, by Dr Deborah Mays, Head of Listing Advice, Historic England
- Conservation within Planning System, by Dr Victoria Thomson, Head of Planning Advice and Reform, Historic England
- Building on Shared Values, by Harry Burchill, Planning Policy Officer at Royal Town Planning Institute
- The Rise and Fall of the 1947 Planning System, by Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, Town and Country Planning Association
- The 1947 Act: Winners and Losers, by James Stevens, Director for Cities, Home Builders Federation
- Enriching the List, By David Lovell, listed building enthusiast and top contributor to Enriching the List
- Heritage Protection Enforcement, By Bob Kindred, Managing Director/Owner of Bob Kindred Heritage Consultants Ltd
- Monument Protection in Germany, by Dr Birgitta Ringbeck, Cultural expert in the German Delegation to Unesco´s World Heritage Committee based in the Federal Foreign Office
- Managing Urban Heritage, by Professor Michael Turner, architect and UNESCO Chairholder in Urban Design and Conservation Studies at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Listing identifies the buildings, sites and landscapes which are architecturally or historically special enough to receive protection, so they can be enjoyed by current and future generations.
This year marks 70 years since the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947 which was the birth of the listed building system we know today.
The first lists were ‘Salvage Lists’, compiled as an emergency measure after the widespread bomb destruction of the Second World War, to identify which buildings were special enough to be protected in post-war rebuilding.
Throughout the following 70 years, The List has grown and today has around 400,000 entries including 710 windmills, 514 pigsties, 262 palaces, 72 piers, 16 plague crosses, 13 dung pits, three scoreboards, two fairground rides and one rocket.
In this edition of Heritage Online Debate we consider the designation and where the system is going, enforcement and the challenges presented. To start the debate we invited some prominent people to share their insights with us. We hope that you’ll contribute to this debate too. Not only on the articles below, but also with your thoughts on how to progress this agenda within the heritage sector.
Please send any thoughts for collation to sarah.tunnicliffe@HistoricEngland.org.uk