World Heritage UK Welcomes Change of Mood on Liverpool’s World Heritage Site

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Liverpool World Heritage Site Credit: Wikipedia commons

 

Liverpool’s World Heritage Site has been on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites ‘in danger’ since 2012.  UNESCO’s primary concern has centred on the tall buildings in the ‘Liverpool Waters’ development proposal, put forward by Peel Holdings, which was given outline planning permission in 2012.  The perceived negative impact of these proposed tall buildings was on long distance views of the Liverpool skyline from the other bank of the Mersey.  Of particular concern, it appears, were the tall buildings proposed for the former Clarence Dock site, which is within the World Heritage Site buffer zone.

See also: https://lbndaily.co.uk/world-heritage-uk-backs-liverpools-push-preserve-world-heritage-status/

https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/heritage-body-takes-up-liverpools-case/

World Heritage UK, the body representing all 31 UK World Heritage Sites, is aware that in response to UNESCO’s concerns, Liverpool City Council and Peel Holdings have together recently taken three positive initiatives to minimise the risk of Liverpool losing World Heritage Status and to ultimately take it off the ‘endangered’ list.  These include a new high level task force to raise the profile of the World Heritage Site and address the concerns raised by UNESCO; a ‘Desired State of Conservation Report’ to set out their view of the city’s World Heritage status as it stands; and a review of the master plan for the Liverpool Waters area, where in fact no new development has actually taken place since outline permission was granted in 2012.

From its national perspective, World Heritage UK warmly welcomes all these initiatives and believes that they signal a genuine change of mood in Liverpool.  On behalf of all of the UK’s World Heritage Sites, we ask UNESCO to open a process of constructive dialogue with the UK Government and Liverpool’s stakeholders, in the hope that this will lead to a change in the position they have previously taken on Liverpool’s World Heritage Site.  We further hope that, as the ‘State Party’, the Government will fully engage with the process, thus enabling then to fulfil their international obligations and responsibilities under the World Heritage Convention for the protection and enhancement of the outstanding universal value of all the UK’s World Heritage Sites, not least Liverpool.

As Liverpool’s ‘Desired State of Conservation Report’ notes, there has been spectacular progress in restoring Liverpool’s historic buildings, in the World Heritage Site and beyond. The number of heritage ‘buildings at risk’ has been reduced to only 2.75% of the building stock – far below the UK national average. The restoration of the once derelict Stanley Dock for a new hotel and residential accommodation is a shining example of achievement and work in progress.

World Heritage UK has been briefed on the initial work on Peel’s revised masterplan for Liverpool Waters.

Chris Blandford, World Heritage UK President, said: ‘Whilst the revised plan is still at an early stage, we believe that it has the potential to deliver a far more coherent, sensitive and appropriate development form, one which better respects the Site’s outstanding universal value, and is better integrated with Stanley Dock and the adjacent Ten Streets regeneration area’.

Sam Rose, World Heritage UK Chair, said: ‘Cities grow and change, as they always have done, and there will always be conflicts and tensions in the protection of the outstanding universal value of urban World Heritage Sites. We see no situation that is not resolvable with early and constructive dialogue, and we encourage that now in the case of Liverpool.  It would be a big loss for the outstanding heritage of the UK, and for the people and businesses of Liverpool if this iconic city was to lose its deserved global status’.

The UK has six World Heritage Sites that fall into the ‘cities’ theme, the largest and most complex three being Bath, Edinburgh and Liverpool.

Edinburgh Management Plan consultation now open

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Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Consultation is now open for feedback on the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site Management Plan (2017-2022).

During the summer last year, over 1000 people took part in a consultation and gave us their views on how they felt the World Heritage Site is being run. What people told us has shaped the draft Management Plan. The draft Plan sets out a number of actions which will be taken forward by the management partners (City of Edinburgh Council, Historic Environment Scotland and Edinburgh World Heritage).

The consultation will run until 5 June 2017. Please take a moment to share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions using our online survey. You can also download the survey and send comments to worldheritage@edinburgh.gov.uk

Thank you very much for your help,

Chloe

Chloe Porter |Planning Officer| Planning Initiatives|Planning and Transport|Place|

The City of Edinburgh Council |Waverley Court, Level G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG| Tel 0131 529 6235 | chloe.porter@edinburgh.gov.uk | http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk

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Planning Inspector supports WHS setting

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BATH SKYLINE FROM ZION HILLThe green setting of Bath is a key attribute of Outstanding Universal Value

Following the World Heritage UK Technical Seminar on planning and World Heritage on 8th March, you may be interested in this recent (18 April 2017) appeal decision from Bath. In dismissing the appeal for 20 dwellings within the WHS, the inspector was convinced by the Council’s policy documents including the WHS Management Plan and the need to protect open hillsides as part of the OUV. We know from discussion in the technical seminar that comparable examples from different sites are considered useful and this example also provides some validation of Bath’s ‘Setting Study’ approach, another hot topic!  The decision can be found here. Please feel free to contact tony_crouch@bathnes.gov.uk for any further detail. 

Technical Workshop: Planning for World Heritage Sites – dovetail or disconnect? Bath, 8th March 2017

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THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS ON PLANNING, PRODUCED BY WORLD HERITAGE UK:

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Tickets for this technical workshop are now available  HERE

DRAFT PROGRAMME FOR 8TH MARCH 2017

Planning for World Heritage Sites – dovetail or disconnect?

MORNING SESSION – HOW DO THE UK’s PLANNING SYSTEMS WORK?

10.00 Introduction

10.15 Overview of the planning systems (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), to include:

  • planning policy and development management
  • who makes decisions about what
  • the underlying philosophy of the planning approach to development

10.30 Planning policy at national and local levels, to include, for each level:

  • why planning policies are important for World Heritage
  • where to find planning policies on World Heritage
  • what policies exist already?
  • can policies be totally prescriptive?
  • who makes policies – the roles of civil servants/local authority officers and ministers/elected local authority members
  • how to influence decision makers

11.00 Questions

11.10 Coffee

11.25 How decisions on development proposals are made, to include:

  • o   Who makes decisions – the roles of local authority officers and members, central government inspectors and        ministers
  • o   How decisions are made
  • o   What planners need to know when making decisions
  • o   How to influence decision makers
  • o   Heritage impact Assessment
  • o   OUV and “significance” – lessons from the Chacewater, Cornwall appeal decision

12.10 Decisions that threaten World Heritage Status, to include:

  • the role of the State Party
  • which Government departments do what
  • who advises the World Heritage Committee?
  • the role of ICOMOS
  • how is the decision for Reactive Monitoring made?
  • what is the process of Reactive Monitoring?

12.40 Questions

1.00     Lunch and group photo

AFTERNOON SESSION – WORKSHOP SESSIONS TO IDENTIFY ISSUES AND IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED

The aim of the afternoon session is to identify what is going well and what needs to be improved and is everyone’s opportunity to have their say. It will be split into two parts, first looking at national issues and then local government issues, and to hear about some specific examples.

1.30     Introduction

1.40     National and international issues

Possible issues to discuss

  • are the overall planning systems fit for purpose in relation to World Heritage?
  • is anyone monitoring the effectiveness of the planning systems?
  • are national policies sufficiently robust?
  • are World Heritage Sites sufficiently valued?
  • how can state reporting and the Reactive monitoring process be improved?

2.40     Local issues

Possible issues to discuss:

  • is anyone monitoring the effectiveness of the planning systems?
  • are local policies sufficiently robust?
  • are World Heritage Sites sufficiently valued?

3.40     Summing up and closing remarks, to include:

  • summary of gaps/suggestions from workshop sessions
  • next steps, including production of a position paper

4.00     Close and depart

Management Plan Review for Edinburgh WHS

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Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

It’s time to review the Management Plan for the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. 

This is your chance to get involved… https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/edinburgh-oldandnewtowns-managementplan-review 

over 170 responses so far and here’s what people think:  https://planningedinburgh.com/2016/07/05/old-and-new-towns-of-edinburgh-world-heritage-site/

More information at: https://planningedinburgh.com/category/world-heritage/

Contact: worldheritage@edinburgh.gov.uk

Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site Management Plan Public consultation

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I am very pleased to announce that the Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site Management Plan draft version is now live for public consultation (22nd February to 18th April 2016). This is a very important part of the process of ensuring that our new plan is relevant and useful – your comments are important to us.

 Please click on this link, https://www.durhamworldheritagesite.com/management-plan   which will take you to our home page where you can find out all about the different ways you can comment on and contribute to the plan.

If you have any problems accessing our site, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Also, please do feel free to forward this message to any colleagues you feel would be interested in the Management Plan.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Jane Gibson

Durham World Heritage Site Coordinator                                                                                          

Email: p.j.gibson@durham.ac.uk  Website: www.durhamwhs.com

Chloe Porter’s Edinburgh workshop blog

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Chloe Porter is a planning officer in Edinburgh City Council and has written an excellent blog about the recent World Heritage UK technical workshop on WHS management plans and systems in ‘Planning Edinburgh’. You can read it here:

http://planningedinburgh.com/2016/02/15/a-timely-world-heritage-uk-technical-meeting/

Watch this space for further World Heritage UK events in 2016, including a Members Meeting at the Giant’s Causeway at the end of June and the second World Heritage UK conference in October.

Technical Workshop Edinburgh

World Heritage UK Technical Meeting on Management planning – Edinburgh Jan 25/26 2016

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Introduction

This meeting was aimed at World Heritage practitioners, and took place in the offices of Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Edinburgh, on Jan 25th and 26th 2016.  Its focus was on WH Site Management planning, looking at current guidelines, good practice, effectiveness and case studies.  This post gives the presentations and notes from the 2 day event.  Our thanks go to HES for supporting the event, and for being such outstanding hosts.

Final programme

The final programme for the event can be found here:
WH:UK Technical Workshop Final Programme

Presentations

Please remember that the copyright of presentations and content lies with the authors, so please contact them should you wish to use any material contained therein. 

Day 1

Sam Rose, Chair, WH:UK.  World Heritage UK updates
Presentation slides

Tony Crouch, Vice-chair, WH:UK. Identifying the scope
Management Planning Expectations

Christopher Young, independent consultant
Presentation slides
Presentation final speaking notes
WHS Management guidance documentation

Susan Denyer, ICOMOS UK
Presentation slides

Day 2

Sue Stolton, Equilibrium research
Presentation slides

Case studies:

Will Garrett – Edinburgh WHS – Presentation
Beth Thomas – Stonehenge and Avebury – Presentation
John Scott – Frontiers of the Roman Empire: Hadrian’s Wall – Presentation
Miles Oglethorpe – Forth Bridge – Presentation

Workshop session:

Combined Feedback from final session

Attendees list

The final participant list is available Delegate list Edinburgh Jan 2016

Feedback

Feedback is available here: WH UK Edinburgh Technical Meeting Feedback

Acknowledgements

Our thanks to Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh City Council (for the walking tour) and all speakers and participants for coming along and making it such an enjoyable and stimulating event.

Stonehenge and Avebury WHS celebrates the launch of the first joint Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan

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Stonehenge and Avebury WHS celebrates the launch of the first joint Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan

The Avebury World Heritage Site Steering Committee and the Stonehenge World Heritage Site Committee are delighted to announce the launch of the first joint Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site (WHS) Management Plan.  Throughout the development of the Plan there have been opportunities for the local community to participate at drop in consultation sessions, at stakeholder workshops and on-line during the 12 week public consultation.  The Management Plan is a framework for the many partners who help to manage the World Heritage Site including Wiltshire Council, The National Trust, English Heritage, Historic England, North Wessex Downs AONB, MoD, local parish and town councils and individual landowners and householders that make up the World Heritage Site.  The Plan covers a wide range of topics from planning policy, conservation and roads and transport to tourism, interpretation, education and community engagement. The WHS Coordination Unit has worked hard over the past two years to produce a comprehensive document that sets out the issues facing the World Heritage Site and how we will approach these.  The Unit has strengthened its relationships with its many partners during the development process and looks forward to working with them over the coming six years.

The Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan and it is now available online at http://www.stonehengeandaveburywhs.org/management-of-whs/stonehenge-and-avebury-whs-management-plan-2015/

Beth Thomas
Stonehenge World Heritage Site Coordinator
E: beth.thomas@wiltshire.gov.uk
Website: http://www.stonehengeandaveburywhs.org/
@StoneAveWHS

Edinburgh, January 25th to 26th 2016, Network meeting

Network meetings

Introduction

The second World Heritage UK Network meeting will take place in Edinburgh from lunchtime on Jan 25th to 4pm on the 26th, and will have an extended focus on Management Planning.

More details will follow as the event is put together, but it is likely to involve the guest speaker and learning session on the afternoon on the 25th (as per  the morning of the Liverpool meeting), with the rest of that day and the next day being dedicated to preparation for and detailed  work on good practice and latest reconsiderations on Management Planning.

Watch this space for more details.