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Essentials Training Programme

Essentials is a new training programme designed for local authority planners and early entrants into historic environment services.

Training Courses 2016-17

The new Essentials programme covers the building blocks of historic environment management and explores key concepts, methodologies, legislation and policies that govern how we understand, protect and manage it through the planning system. Subjects covered also underpin training delivered in the HELM and Heritage Practice courses where they are implicit but not covered in detail.

We work with our partners Locus to deliver courses that:

  • provide advice and practical tools to further understanding of heritage issues
  • enable people to make decisions which enhance and protect our heritage for future generations

Essentials courses are one day long, and are offered in various locations.  

To book a course or view the programme, please click on your preferred course date below.

Assessing Heritage Significance

Understanding the value and potential of heritage assets in planning

The concept of ‘significance’ is the foundation for heritage-led regeneration and the sustainable development of the historic environment. This hands-on course introduces a key method for assessing the value of heritage assets and highlights the issues and opportunities that historic significance presents to planners and historic environment professionals. The course provides an overview of relevant legislation and policy, and highlights good practice through a series of case studies.

  • 06/10/2016         London and SE
  • 12/10/2016         East Midlands
  • 12/01/2017         East of England
  • 17/01/2017         Yorkshire
  • 20/01/2017         West Midlands
  • 26/01/2017         North West
  • 09/03/2017         North East
  • 16/03/2017         South West

Evaluating Heritage Information

Taking evidence-led approaches to planning for the historic environment

Effective and reasoned decision-making based on clear evidence is essential in all aspects of planning. The course introduces some of the main resources and builds some essential skills to help apply them in development management. A series of case studies and exercises demonstrate the applications of heritage information in planning and highlight the value of taking an evidence-led approach.

Heritage in Planning

Principle and practices for the effective management of change in the historic environment

Understanding the value and significance of the historic environment is essential to its effective management. Securing an active role for heritage in how places develop and change over time is key to successful place-shaping. The course introduces and highlights some of the key principles and practices behind heritage management, particularly through the planning process, and shows the benefits of sustainable development and heritage-led regeneration. A series of case studies and workshops help get to grips with the issues, pitfalls and opportunities presented to heritage and planning professionals.  

Dates and locations yet to be announced

Constructive Conservation

Seeing potential in the past - positive and collaborative approaches to managing change to our heritage

Heritage-led regeneration is now firmly recognised as a force for successful place-shaping. Repair, adaptation and re-use of heritage assets can deliver long term benefits in social, environmental and economic terms. A series of informed presentations, workshops and case studies highlight the mutual benefits that exist between agendas of growth and conservation. As such, the course offers an insight to planners and heritage professionals of the opportunities for harnessing the value and significance of the historic environment in sustainable development.  

  • 03/03/2017          London and SE
  • 21/03/2017          East Midlands

Setting in Practice

Understanding how to evaluate the setting of heritage assets and the nature of impacts upon it

The setting of heritage assets has risen up planning agendas within recent years, emphasising the need for clear and guided approaches to its proportionate consideration in development management and strategic planning. This course introduces the key principles and practices behind successfully evaluating the setting of heritage assets. A series of workshops and presentations introduce the processes of defining the extents of setting and the contribution it makes to an asset’s historic significance. A range of development scenarios reveal how developments can enhance or bring harm to an asset’s value and significance, and potential methods for effective mitigation are introduced.

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