The National Trust (NT) has launched its new ‘Guide to Heritage in Neighbourhood Plans’, written by IHBC past Chair and current trustee, Dave Chetwyn IHBC, which ‘describes how heritage can be incorporated into neighbourhood plans… everything from guidance on collecting your evidence base, engaging with wider stakeholders, the statutory process and planning for heritage.’
Dave Chetwyn, Managing Director of Urban Vision Enterprise CIC said: ‘For a while we have been aware of the need for guidance on heritage in Neighbourhood Plans. Although the focus is on neighbourhood plans, the guidance could have wider application, for example to Local Plans.’
‘In writing the guide, our aim has been to recognise that heritage is not just of cultural value, but is part of the infrastructure of modern places and economies, with a range of values for owners, occupiers, businesses, communities and other stakeholders. The aim is to enable creative and effective planning for heritage.’
The NT writes:
The National Trust’s new neighbourhood planning and heritage guidance aims to help communities take a lead in the planning of historic areas, by identifying and safeguarding their local heritage. By creating a Neighbourhood Plan, communities can create general planning policies for development of land in their area. Through this, they have an opportunity to create a vision for the future of their area, agreeing what is special and how local character can be preserved and enhanced….
Our new guide describes how heritage can be incorporated into neighbourhood plans. This includes everything from guidance on collecting your evidence base, engaging with wider stakeholders, the statutory process and planning for heritage.
The Guide states:
This document describes how heritage can be incorporated into neighbourhood plans. This includes guidance on evidence, stakeholder engagement, statutory process and planning for heritage (including policies). The guide is aimed at anyone involved in neighbourhood planning or with an interest in planning and heritage.
Neighbourhood plans are prepared by parish or town councils or, in unparished areas, neighbourhood forums made up of people who live or work in the area and elected members. Neighbourhood plans, once made, form part of the statutory development plan for the area.
Heritage can help to achieve a wide range of social, economic and environmental goals. So it is important that it forms an integral part of the wider planning of an area. Heritage can help to deliver sustainable growth. At the same time, planning for growth can support an area’s heritage and help to make it more viable.
The role of heritage in delivering sustainable and inclusive economic development is often misunderstood. Tourism and the visitor economy are important parts of this. However, heritage has a much wider economic role, especially in helping commercial and industrial areas to adapt to modern needs, supporting physical and economic regeneration and in supporting business and enterprise.
So neighbourhood plans provide a real opportunity to plan for heritage as part of the wider planning of the neighbourhood area….
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