Managing Change in Historic Places

February 8th , 10 am - 4pm,
Breckland Council, Dereham



The ‘Managing Change in Historic Places’ workshop was held at Breckland Council in February and focused on the role that the historic environment plays within the planning process. The market town of Dereham provided the location for this Historic Environment and Planning workshop for Breckland Council.

As part of the adopted Core Strategy, it is expected that Dereham will experience significant employment growth coupled with focused housing growth to enhance its position as the administration centre of Mid-Norfolk. In common with many towns across the country, the challenge for Dereham is to accommodate such growth while preserving and enhancing its historic assets.

Led by English Heritage and facilitated by Shape East, this workshop focused on the role that the historic environment plays within the planning process.  English Heritage provided policy updates (including Planning Policy Statement 5) and an opportunity for discussion.  There was also an opportunity to trial a Local Character Area Assessment Toolkit, an approach aimed at practitioners, historic environment specialists, planners, community groups, developers and others interested in understanding the local historic environment. The event provided expert speakers to discuss topics of real relevance and used two local sites as case studies for a practical exercise. 


Feedback :

“This seminar has made me look at Dereham in a different light!”

"Its difficult to say which was the most helpful element to the day, it was all enlightening"