Joined Up Heritage Sheffield Newsletter October 2020

Posted on 07/Nov/2020 Under Community

Dates For Your Diary

Joined Up Heritage Sheffield Bimonthly meeting – you are invited to attend our next bimonthly meeting which will take place via Zoom on Tuesday 24 November at 5pm.

Please use the following link to join, and it would be helpful if you could ensure that your displayed name includes your organisation, if you represent one.     https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84585879170

Portland Works Lecture

Portland Works’ next lecture is Work Not Charity – the History of Painted Fabrics Ltd, Sheffield, presented by Brian Holmshaw.
Thursday 26th November 2020, 7pm to 8pm ONLINE via Zoom.  Tickets via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Portland Works are also holding a Christmas Makers Market ONLINE via a dedicated page on their website on the weekend of Friday 4th to Monday 7th December and the site will remain live at sellers request until 20th December. For those interested in a ‘virtual stall’ please contact Stella Howe for an application form.

Call to Action

Local Heritage Listing Opportunity for South Yorkshire

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is inviting bids from county-wide groups of local authorities for up to £70,000 to develop a Local Heritage List. Buildings, sites and structures of national importance have statutory protection, but those of local importance are vulnerable to demolition at two weeks’ notice. A Local Heritage List has to be considered in planning decisions, and local authorities have options to enhance this protection.

JUHS has asked for a bid to be made, and we understand that one is being considered for South Yorkshire, but they will need to act quickly: the deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 13th November.

In 2011, Sheffield prepared a list of 79 buildings, but it has no formal recognition. Barnsley’s Local Plan includes a Local Heritage List, but it only has 15 entries. Doncaster and Rotherham have no lists. Some local authorities have active lists of 1,200 or more.

This is a golden opportunity to bring South Yorkshire up to date in cherishing the places most valued by local people. A bid is far more likely to succeed if there are local groups ready to lend practical support if money is awarded.

If this is an initiative that your group would support please let us know at info@joinedupheritagesheffield.org.uk. No specific commitment needs to be made at this stage – the purpose is to demonstrate the level of community interest.

Groups and individuals can help by asking your local councillors to press for a bid, but they need to do so urgently to meet the 13th November deadline.

More details at https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/news/local-heritage-list-campaign/.
Find your local councillor here: http://democracy.sheffield.gov.uk/mgFindMember.aspx

Government planning reforms pose a significant threat to our built and landscape heritage.

The Government is proposing the biggest shake-up of planning law and policy in half a century. Joined Up Heritage Sheffield has submitted a comprehensive response to the proposals, which we believe are founded on little evidence and many wrong assumptions, and pose a significant threat to our built and landscape heritage. We are especially concerned that in large areas yet to be defined, outline permission for developments of all kinds will simply be assumed, with local people consulted only once every five years. Worse still, a review of the long-standing protections for Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas is threatened, even though the current regime is said to have ‘worked well’. Non-designated heritage is barely mentioned, and no protection is offered.

A national body will guide the production of local design codes, which will be ‘machine-readable’ so that decisions can be made using a kind of algorithm for beauty. Such algorithms have an extremely unfortunate recent history from which we need to learn. The carbon and resource benefits of re-using historic buildings are ignored, as are the economic, health and well-being benefits. What is left of public input to planning will be pushed online, as though the digital divide did not exist. As for the shortage of housing – the big issue allegedly driving these reforms – no solution at all is offered to the huge problem of developments being granted but not built.

The response by JUHS can be found at www.joinedupheritagesheffield.org.uk/planning-white-paper-response. The proposals are at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future. The public consultation has now closed, but if you share our concerns you can still write to your MP.

Future Heritage Interpretation at Sheffield Manor Lodge: A Questionnaire

Green Estate, who manage the Discovery Centre and Scheduled Ancient Monument at Sheffield Manor Lodge, want input on how to tell new storylines that explore the design and management of nature in their urban landscapes, and they want to maintain important heritage stories, too. They have identified three key stories:
·         Mary Queen of Scots
·         The Tudor Powerhouse – its role in managing land in the 16th century
·         Managing The Green Estate – changing land use and management from the Tudor deer park to today
They plan to focus the heritage stories in the Turret House (6 rooms), but also anticipate digital displays in the Discovery Centre and online, with potential for an additional lookout room with views across the site with a focus on heritage interpretation.

They would be grateful to receive completed questionnaires, which should be sent to j.grace@greenestate.org. The questionnaire is attached.

News and Shout-outs

Our Heritage Strategy for Sheffield: an update

As you will know, the consultation on the draft Heritage Strategy for the city had to be paused in March because of the coronavirus lockdown. We used the time to mull over the comments already sent in, especially about the longer-term implications for our heritage of the pandemic. This is clearly going to have enormous economic impacts, and we wanted to reflect the belief we have that closer attention to our heritage could bring great economic benefits to Sheffield, exactly when they’re most needed. We were also clear that a consensus had emerged around governance, and that we should push for the partnership option set out in the draft.

So we made some changes and began a second round of consultation in September, aiming at a public launch late in the autumn. There were useful meetings (mostly by Zoom of course) with groups we really wanted to talk to.  And then – another lockdown, taking us up to December when at the best of times people have other things on their minds. So reluctantly we’ve decided to postpone the launch until early in the new year. By then we’ll have had design work completed and a professional document will emerge. We’re looking forward to it, and then to getting stuck in to the ambitious Action Plan that will make the Strategy work. We hope you will too.