The Role of Volunteers in Planning and Heritage: Tuesday 16th October

The Role of Volunteers in Planning and Heritage:

Issues, Toolkits and Expectations

Tuesday 16th October 2018, Kellogg College, Oxford

 As local authorities see their resources reduced each year, many have developed innovative ways of working with local communities to support the historic environment. The 2012 Localism Act has also brought great changes in how local people interact with the planning system, with groups around the country taking more control over the future of neighbourhoods - new and old. This full day seminar looks at the role that volunteers can play in recording, preserving and initiating heritage-related projects, and how to manage these new ways of working together.

Our speakers will address how far neighbourhood planning has come today, how communities can be supported in developing plans for their areas, ways of tapping into local passions for heritage, and starting new projects from a grass-roots perspective.

The benefits of attending this seminar are:

·         learning how other places are filling resource or skills gaps

·         looking at the potential heritage issues, toolkits and volunteer expectations involved; 

·         a better understanding of the funding available to support communities;

·         developing ideas for successful volunteer projects; and

·         considering how communities can take the lead, using local knowledge and expertise, and setting the agenda for neighbourhood planning or saving historic buildings, structures and places.

This event will be of interest to local authority officers and members, town and parish councils, local civic or amenity groups, as well as design and planning consultants seeking better ways of engaging local communities and groups.


Tea and coffee on arrival
Welcome, Louise Thomas, HTVF Director
Neighbourhood Planning in 2018, Tony Burton, independent community and neighbourhood planner
Supporting communities through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Sara Crofts, Head of Historic Environment, Heritage Lottery Fund
Q&A followed by tea and coffee
Undertaking a Conservation Area Appraisal, Susy Shearer, local historian and community engagement specialist, Windsor Neighbourhood Plan Forum member
Counting our heritage: an example of how local authorities can use volunteers, Richard Tuffrey, High Peak Borough & Staffordshire Moorlands Council
Peckham Coal Line – What community-led visions can do, Colin Sterling, Peckham Coal Line Steering Group
Toolkits to support greater involvement, Louise Thomas, HTVF
Tea and coffee
Workshop on the Role of Volunteers & Discussion
This event will count as 6 hours of CPD. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please note: the AGM has been rescheduled to Tuesday 29th January 2019 - see details further up this page