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Heritage in Law Conference 2017

In June, we were delighted to support the Institute for Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) South West branch’s successful conference about heritage in law.

On Friday 9 June, over 170 people attended the IHBC South West’s first ever day conference all about the law and the historic environment. The aim of the event was to give people working in the heritage sector an update on the legal framework underpinning day-to-day decision making in the historic environment.

Maureen Pearce, Chair of IHBC South West branch, chaired the event and Dr Charles Mynors, a leading heritage barrister with the Law Commission, was the keynote speaker. Dr Mynors opened proceedings with an overview of the legal system and later closed the conference with a session on listed building curtilage. In between, experts from the public and private sectors offered unique insights into key National Planning Policy Framework concepts such significance and harm, and how to prepare evidence for public enquiries. 

The event attracted delegates from local government and private practice from across the South West and beyond, offering a great opportunity to network and share learning. IHBC South West and Historic England are committed to supporting sector skills and development, and are discussing future events and training opportunities in the South West.

Simon Hickman speaking at the Heritage in Law conference in Bristol
Historic England's Simon Hickman speaking at the Heritage in Law conference © Jonathan Taylor
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