Fixed term contract to 31st March 2024
We have an exciting opportunity for qualified Conservation/Heritage Officer within our Development Management Team. The role is newly created, externally funded by Historic England to support the Trinity Triangle Heritage Action Zone in Hastings Town Centre.
About High Street Heritage Action Zones (HSHAZs)
A HSHAZ is a government-sponsored programme to transform declining high streets into thriving centres through the power of heritage. The scheme seeks to deliver physical improvements and cultural and community activities to regenerate historic high streets or town centres. The Hastings HSHAZ is one of only two that is community led, the Council plays a key role as a strategic and delivery partner.
Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England are designing a complementary Cultural Programme for HSHAZ which will be delivered by local arts and culture groups, with the support of successful HSHAZ partners through a newly established cultural partners group.
Hastings has identified the Trinity Triangle within the town as the focus of the HSHAZ.
[More information on the Historic England HSHAZs can be found here: https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/research/back-issues/researching-high-street-heritage-action-zones/]
You will part of an exciting initiative led by Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust and other local partners to renovate and revive a historic area of Hastings’ town centre. Hastings’ programme is an innovative combination of conservation works, improvements to the public realm, community engagement and development and cultural activities. The regeneration programme is designed to find new ways to foster economic and social development, with local heritage at its heart.
The post holder will provide advice on the repair, maintenance and improvement of heritage assets located within the Trinity Triangle Heritage Action Zone (TTHAZ), including shopfront and historic building improvements, conversion of vacant units to alternative uses, and public realm improvements. You will also work with others to design and evaluate heritage based training, help to manage a heritage stewards scheme and support community groups and volunteers on heritage-related matters. Significant collaboration will be required between the post holder and the Trinity Triangle Project Officer. The HSHAZ will also overlap and intersect with other current and planned regeneration projects in Hastings town centre.
This post holder will not be required to support the statutory planning functions within the Council,. This is more of an advisory, enabling and outreach role.
Full details of the role can be found in the attached job description. We are keen to support your training and personal development and offer flexible working, including home working.
Who are we?
Hastings has a very rich and varied historic environment. Historic interest exists in our buildings, our landscape and below ground level. In all, there are 6 scheduled monuments, over 900 listed buildings, 18 conservation areas, 2 registered historic parks, 300 archaeological sites/monuments/finds locations, and 27 archaeological notification areas within the town.
The many historic buildings and spaces combine with the town’s stunning topography to deliver a uniquely attractive and high quality historic townscape. The character of these historic areas contributes to a strong sense of place and local distinctiveness, and contributes significantly to our distinctive and rich cultural heritage, which is highly valued by many local people.
The high quality historic townscapes in Hastings and St. Leonards provide attractive living and working conditions for the town’s residents, and have the potential to draw in incoming investors and new residents, both now, and in the future. The town’s rich history and historic areas contribute strongly to our tourism offer, an important sector of the local economy.
Who are you?
The ideal person for this role will hold a conservation, planning or architecture qualification. You will already have experience in heritage matters, ideally having worked as a conservation specialist for a Council within the Development Management Team. You will have experience of providing heritage advice relating to proposed development. You will also be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of legislation and national guidance relating to heritage matters. You will have the ability to read and assess plans, write accurate, concise and accessible reports and guidance, as well as meet tight deadlines. Previous experience of working on heritage-related regeneration projects would be an advantage. You will have experience in organising, running and presenting training events. You will be able to project manage your work to meet Trinity Triangle HAZ targets.
You’ll have excellent communication and customer-care skills, the ability to work flexibly, as part of a busy and high performing team. Full details of the qualification and experience required for the roles can be found in the attached job description.
If you have any questions you can call Eleanor Evans on (01424) 783251 or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). We have a welcoming and friendly team so if you think this role could be for you we would love to hear from you.