Council appoints Heritage and Design champion
Release date: 3 August 2016
Cotswold District Council has appointed Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington as its Heritage and Design champion.
In his new role, Cllr MacKenzie-Charrington will take a lead in supporting the Council’s ongoing efforts to conserve and enhance the natural, built and historic environment in the Cotswolds, whilst supporting economic growth. He will also provide support for sustainable tourism with the aim of attracting higher numbers of longer stay visitors.
Cllr MacKenzie-Charrington, who is responsible for Heritage and Design within the remit of his Planning Services Cabinet portfolio, is enthusiastic about his new role:
“I am looking forward to this challenge very much, and my aim is to inspire, advocate, influence and communicate all Heritage and Design issues relevant to the Cotswolds. What this means is that I will be augmenting the work done by my Cabinet colleagues and the Chair of the Planning Committee to protect and improve the natural and historic assets which define this District.
“In recent months there have been a number of important new initiatives related to this area of the Council’s work, for example: the new Historic Environment Strategy for the District has just been approved; a new Cotswold Design Code has been developed as part of the Local Plan; the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership has become more established and has worked with the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership to secure European funds for the natural environment; and work is progressing on the Council’s new Open Spaces, Play and Green Infrastructure Strategy
The new champion role will include the following specific responsibilities:
- To generate enthusiasm for and awareness of the importance of the natural and historic environment of the District and high quality design
- To act as a voice and public figure for the Council on Heritage and Design issues, including chairing public meetings when appropriate
- To ensure that Cabinet Members and senior Officers are aware of Heritage and Design issues and the opportunities as they relate to their services
- To ensure that Heritage and Design issues are taken into account in the preparation of all relevant corporate strategies and initiatives, for example tourism strategies, economic strategies, and development briefs.
- To ensure that Heritage and Design issues are considered in all relevant partnership working for example with other local authorities, the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership or in neighbourhood plans
- To ensure the provision of Heritage and Design expertise is adequately resourced, and that the quality of service delivery is maintained
- To work with Officers in the Planning and Strategic Housing service to ensure that new development responds creatively and sympathetically to its historic and natural environment through high quality design
- To share examples of Heritage and Design good practice within the authority and more widely
- To ensure the implementation of the Council’s Historic Environment Strategy (approved by Cabinet 2016) across all services
- To help to progress the approval and implementation of the new environment and design policies and the new design code, which are included in the draft local plan
As this is a new role, it will be reviewed by the Council at the end of its first year to monitor its effectiveness.
The Council’s Heritage and Design Service provides professional advice on all aspects of the Council’s work that relate to the historic environment, landscape, biodiversity, trees and urban design., including via the development management process, planning policy, partnership initiatives and through the management of the Council’s own land. The Service sits within the Planning and Strategic Housing Service, and the main relevant Cabinet Member is Cllr Mackenzie-Charrington, Cabinet Member for Planning Services; however other areas of the Service’s work relates to other Cabinet Members, for example the Cabinet Member for Forward Planning, Cllr Nick Parsons.
Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington will take a lead in supporting the Council’s ongoing efforts to conserve and enhance the natural, built and historic environment in the Cotswolds, whilst supporting economic growth.