Heritage Action Zone
Heritage Action Zones are Historic England initiatives intended to ‘…unleash the power in England's historic environment to create economic growth and improve quality of life in villages, towns and cities.’
- Restore historic buildings and put them back into use
- Improve conservation areas to kick-start regeneration
- Recognise ‘unsung’ places for their unique character and heritage.
Heritage Action Zones need to meet the following criteria:
- They should be delivered through a partnership that could consist of public, private and third sector organisations.
- They should include at least one local authority partner.
- They should deliver opportunities for sustainable long term growth in historic places.
- They must be based around local heritage assets, either designated or undesignated.
- They should be capable of delivery within three to five years .
- Research into historic sites or buildings.
- Advice on repairing and finding new uses for buildings.
- Advice on planning policy.
- Condition surveys.
- Historic Area Assessments.
- Help with updating entries on the National Heritage List for England.
- Training in how to assess the significance of historic places.
- Help with identifying places that could be listed.
- Help with engaging local communities.
- Networks and contacts that may bring other key players to the table.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Capacity-building grants support management of the historic environment.
- Conservation area.
- DCMS Culture Secretary comments on HM Government position on contested heritage.
- Designated areas.
- English Heritage.
- Heritage asset.
- Heritage at Risk Register.
- Heritage definition.
- Historic England's charged-for services for listing certainty and pre-application planning conversations.
- Historic England.
- Listed buildings.
- Principles of conservation.
- Scheduled monuments.
- What makes a heritage-at-risk officer.
One of the most stunning Roman finds ever unearthed in Britain has been discovered on the site of a new housing development in a village near Scarborough.
The latest issue (no.167) of the IHBC’s membership journal Context is now out, boasting a tight focus on Urban Design, with a distinctly international take.
Europa Nostra has announced the list together with its partner, the European Investment Bank Institute.
Work is underway on an ambitious project to virtually ‘clone’ Bradford city centre, as a ‘Digital twin’ will open the door to a 3D world with virtually endless possibilities.
The support will create dozens of opportunities in heritage repair and construction and waterways management, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.
The 2021 edition of the Building Conservation Directory, also available online, has been published. Find skilled trades specialising in work to historic and traditional buildings.
BT has revealed that almost 4,000 of its iconic red phone boxes across the UK are available for local communities to adopt for just £1.
On 26 March the IHBC, led by Prof. John Edwards, hosted a free one-hour CPD webinar ‘Introduction to Building Survey for Retrofit’ for sector professionals.
Greg Clark, writing an opinion piece for RICS, explores how good governance in cities pays dividends.
The Architectural Heritage Fund has issued a report on the first year of its ‘Transforming Places Through Heritage’ grants programme, funded by DCMS.