Balancing Heritage and Growth

13 February 2023

Report Issued

A collaboration by the Historic Towns and Villages Forum, the Alliance of Historic Cathedral Cities and Towns and Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners have been looking at the issues at balancing growth in Historic Cities and Towns with their Heritage.  The project has been funded by Historic England.

Civic Voice held a one-hour Webinar to describe the main findings and provide a forum for questions.    The report is based on number of cathedral cities, not including Guildford.  Key themes include Balancing heritage and growth, Resourcing in Local Government, Politics and local democracy, Growth strategies, Design quality, Stakeholder engagement, Climate change, Town and city centres. These themes accord with the Guildford Society’s experience. 

The Executive summary of the report is attached below which includes Key Recommendations. It was a surprise to discover a number of areas have Heritage and Design Forums, a body that might be useful for Guildford.  The two speakers made a strong point that Heritage should be valued for its economic benefits it brings to an area.


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