Building in Context: Managing Change in Historic Places

July 15th , 10 am - 4.30pm,
Town Hall, King's Lynn

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The beautiful town hall of King’s Lynn provided a great setting for this Building in Context Seminar. The event brought together a variety of Design and Heritage Champions, planning, regeneration and conservation officers and elected Members to discuss the focus topic of this historic environment and planning workshop: Managing Change in Historic Places.

In common with many towns in the eastern region, Kings Lynn is facing considerable development plans and ambitious growth targets. Awarded Growth Point status in 2008 and a key sub-regional centre for residential and economic growth, Kings Lynn is tasked with providing approximately 7,000 houses and 5,000 jobs whilst preserving or enhancing its considerable natural and historic assets. The town centre will be regenerated and enhanced to reinforce its important role for leisure and retail.

Led by English Heritage and facilitated by Shape East, the workshop focused on the role that the historic environment plays within the planning process, using the Building in Context Toolkit as the main approach to the day. The day opened with a number of vital introductory and explanatory presentations by English Heritage, focused upon the planning process in historic environments and the Building in Context toolkit more specifically. A Designing in Context case study of the renowned Tibby’s Triangle development in Southwold was then presented by creative architect Robert Sakula.

An introduction of the King’s Lynn theoretical study site, the Queens Street / Baker Street car park, by the council’s Head of Planning and Conservation Officer then led into the site tour and the afternoon breakout sessions, allowing for much more concentrated and debated analysis of the potential development of this site. The day was closed with a well-utilised discussion session of the afternoon’s findings, led by English Heritage Regional Director, Greg Luton.

The workshop provided a superb context for elected Members and officers to explore and revisit practical ways to help deliver better designed, more sustainable development in and adjoining historic areas.

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