NEWS: RTPI and IHBC Positive Conservation in Action Conference

On Tuesday 25th March 2014, Kate Pinnock was invited to present an overview of the Broadland Grade II Buildings At Risk Pilot at the Royal Town Planning Institute and Institute of Historic Building Conservation ‘Postive Conservation in Action’ conference in Ely.  Ingham Pinnock Associates led the successful pilot study in 2013, partnering with Broadland District Council, IS Heritage, Ian Lush and John Townsend.

Kate provided a summary of the innovative process trialled by the Broadland Pilot and outlined some key lessons learned. A short summary of the pilot is outlined below, however, if you would like to know more please do not hesitate to contact Kate ( 0797 436 3991) or visit the project page by following this link.

Other speakers included:

  • Greg Luton, Planning and Conservation Director, East of England, English Heritage
  • Heather Jermy, Associate and Head of Heritage Consultancy, Purcell and Chair of the IHBC East Anglian Branch
  • Bob Kindred MBE, Special Heritage Advisor to the House of Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee


Greg Luton presented on ‘Heritage at Risk in a Changing World’, providing a useful background to the Heritage at Risk programme and outlined how the English Heritage structure is due to change over the coming years. Heather Jermy provided a valuable summary of the process necessary to ensure that development in and around the historic environment is carefully considered and successful development is achieved. Bob Kindred provided a useful summary of how local planning authorities could approach challenging heritage issues, outlining key lessons learned from case studies.

We were delighted to be invited to present at this conference and would like to thank the RTPI and IHBC for their support.


Broadland Buildings At Risk Pilot

In the autumn of 2012, English Heritage announced that it would be commissioning a series of pilots to trial different methodologies for creating Grade II Buildings at Risk Registers as part of its Heritage At Risk programme. English Heritage already maintains Buildings at Risk Registers for Grade I and Grade II* Listed Buildings.

Following a national search, English Heritage selected a series of pilots that covered a range of different scales, locations, types of assessment methodology, Local Authority register type, number of Listed Buildings included and data gathering techniques. The pilots were designed to help English Heritage assess whether or not to extend the scheme to national coverage and if so, the best methodology for doing this.

Broadland District Council and Ingham Pinnock Associates were selected to undertake one of the pilot studies to establish a Building At Risk Register for Grade II Listed Buildings across Broadland District. Although the main emphasis of the pilots was to establish a methodology for Grade II Listed Buildings, the Broadland pilot also identified and assessed Grade I and II* Listed Buildings.