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Heritage Assets and Regeneration Name Jon Ackroyd – Acting Team Leader, Design & Conservation, Planning Service City of Bradford MDC.

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1 Heritage Assets and Regeneration Name Jon Ackroyd – Acting Team Leader, Design & Conservation, Planning Service City of Bradford MDC

2 Heritage Assets? The obvious built heritage: –c.5800 listed buildings –59 conservation areas, all with character appraisals and a programme of review The less obvious: - 13 registered parks and landscapes scheduled monuments - 1 registered battlefield shared with Leeds and Kirklees

3 What value has heritage to regeneration? Heritage provides sense of place Assets illustrate historic development of our environment, of technology and industry, and reflect how we lived and worked. Assets instil local identity and provide constants or landmarks in mental image of our environment. Any change can be controversial, potential harm or loss often results in resistance or anger.

4 Heritage Regeneration… Removes urban and visual blight. Stimulates activity, economy and positive spiral – neighbouring refurbishments and contemporary new build have rejuvenated this city centre conservation area fronting onto a main arterial road. Provides jobs and sustains craft skills – the middle 3/5 of the façade had to be taken down and rebuilt. Promotes sustainability by re-using building stock.

5 Heritage Regeneration… Provides new local landmarks and facilities – a new community health education centre and medical centre for a deprived city suburb. Restores significant listed buildings at risk. Removes blight. Reinforces sense of place.

6 Heritage Regeneration… Removes blight from local communities, restoring landmark buildings. Achieves sustainability by re-using building stock. Contributes to need for local housing – 11 high quality apartments created in a former Sunday School.

7 Heritage as the context Historic buildings and areas often robust enough to take good contemporary intervention. Proportionate intervention needed to ensure redundant buildings or deprived areas are rejuvenated.

8 Heritage as the catalyst Exemplary design and quality stimulate regeneration and reinforce local distinctiveness. Longevity assured through design and quality. Feel-good factor and increased vitality stimulate continued regeneration and investment.

9 Making it happen…

10 HLF THI funding for areas - £2 million for Keighley, £750,000 for Pontefract. Engaging with community, positive guidance stimulating improvement – localism in action? English Heritage Capacity Building Grant. Diversification – identifying new ways of achieving heritage benefits.

11 Making it happen… 2 neighbouring buildings at risk, potential resort to powers under Listed Buildings Act and Building Act. Receiving banks ultimately agreed to implement planning permissions to protect assets. Court House conversion to 14 apartments, project cost £700,000. York House conversion to 24 apartments, £990,000.

12 What Next? Refurbish and adapt social housing with HCA funds? Integrate new housing, promote revitalisation of the conservation area. How to facilitate regeneration of large obsolete heritage assets when borrowing stalled – new system of heritage loans through trusts or public/private partnerships? The visual and dynamic benefits are clear, we must all work to make it happen.


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