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CPP APPG holds first public inquiry



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The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Conservation, Places and People (CPP APPG) has announced its first inquiry, 21st century places – values & benefits. The inquiry is serving as a wide-ranging call for evidence from all stakeholders.

Layla Moran MP, Chair of the APPG, said: ‘I’m looking forward to making a start with this inquiry. Like many MPs, I’m aware of just how valuable heritage can be in helping to regenerate our towns and high streets.’

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In the inquiry, the CPP APPG states:

Historic buildings and neighbourhoods can be key elements in the regeneration of cities, towns and rural areas across the UK. Many of the high streets and town centres, which are in the greatest need of revival due to their location in economically depressed parts of the UK, also possess the richest legacies of historic buildings. Their rural and natural settings are no less important aspects of their survival as valued places with viable, low-carbon economies.

Restoring and finding new uses for these treasured local landmarks can help to preserve local distinctiveness and sense of place, the value of which has been heightened for many people during their experience of lockdown.

Selective redevelopment, which capitalises on historic assets, has often proved to be more commercially and socially successful than large-scale comprehensive redevelopment.

Finding fresh uses for old buildings can help to modernise and adapt our historic neighbourhoods for the needs of the 21st century and the new living, working and recreational patterns, which have emerged in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. However, projects to regenerate historic buildings and areas are often difficult to get off the ground due to financial obstacles, like the unequal tax treatment between refurbishment and new construction projects.

The inquiry will conduct an initial call for written evidence to explore these issues.

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The Committee invites written submissions on:

The call for evidence closes on 29 January 2021. Submissions should be in digital format and uploaded HERE (NB: up to 25 Mb)

For submission queries, contact [email protected]

This article originally appeared on the IHBC NewsBlog under the headline, 'Reminder: New APPG Parliamentary Inquiry into "21st Century Places: Values and benefits" call for evidence closes 29 January'. It was written by Joanna Theobald and published on 5 Jan 2021.

--Institute of Historic Building Conservation

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