HomeUncategorizedEdinburgh’s World Heritage Site Action & Management Plans – Public Consultation Closes: Monday 15 April.

Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site Action & Management Plans – Public Consultation Closes: Monday 15 April.

Edinburgh skyline towards The Castle.

The climate emergency, creating a sustainable visitor experience and the conservation and maintenance of buildings and public spaces.

These are some of the actions included in the proposed new management plan for Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns’ World Heritage Site.

The plan, shaped by a programme of public and stakeholder engagement, was approved by councillors on the City of Edinburgh Council’s Planning Committee last month.

A further consultation has begun for eight weeks to give the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed plan before final partners’ approval by summer 2024.

The Site is managed by the City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland and Edinburgh World Heritage. All three partners work together to ensure that their actions protect the authenticity and integrity of the World Heritage Site while at the same time making sure it can operate as a thriving city centre.

The proposed management plan, which will sit alongside a two year action plan to ensure improvements continue to be made in the Site going forward, is a forward-looking strategic document which sets out the framework for the preservation and enhancement of the Site’s cultural heritage.

World Heritage Sites must have robust management systems in place to make sure their Outstanding Universal Value (what makes them of worldwide importance) is preserved and enhanced. This latest version of the management plan highlights five key themes taken from the public engagement to focus on.   

These are awareness, appreciation and activity around WHS status; climate emergency; conservation and maintenance of buildings and public spaces; control, guidance, and contribution of new developments to city centre and sustainable visitor management. 

Consultation closes: Monday 15 April.

Complete consultation at this link: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/edinburgh_whs/