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5 April 2019

New planning policy launches for Scotland's Historic Environment

Historic Environment Scotland publishes new Historic Environment Policy for Scotland to help guide and inform decision-makers such as local authorities and asset owners.

Two members of Historic Environment Scotland's Casework team look through a new policy document surrounded by modern buildings.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) published its new Historic Environment Policy for Scotland (HEPS) today which will be used by decision-makers in Scotland.

HEPS sets out the principles of how the historic environment should be managed and looked after, and forms part of a range of documents that will help to guide and inform decision-makers in the Scottish planning system and land and asset management, such as local authorities and asset owners.

Barbara Cummins, Director of Heritage at HES said, “HEPS is the result of extensive consultation and peer review that has taken place over the past few years.

When HES was created, we realised we had a unique opportunity to take a fundamental look at our approaches to designation, change management and how Scotland’s historic environment is preserved for current and future generations.

“This new policy sets out clearly the principles for the recognition, care, management and sustainable use of the historic environment and will help us to care collectively for our heritage.”

HEPS has been created in response to public and stakeholder views. As part of the ‘What’s Your Heritage?’ campaign – the first public consultation of its type for HES – members of the public across the country were asked what heritage meant to them and how they believed the historic environment should be looked after.

Barbara continues: “HEPS contains accessible, concise and clear high level principles and policies and is a direct response to what the public and sector told us about how Scotland’s historic environment should be valued and managed, and what our role should be as the national heritage body.

“Around 2,000 people engaged with ‘What’s Your Heritage?’ with many more involved in follow up workshops and consultations, and we have worked hard to ensure this policy represents their views and expectations.”

This is HES’ first strategic policy document with a focus on the whole of the historic environment and facilitates the delivery of Our Place in Time – Scotland’s historic environment strategy.

The new policy will be formally adopted on 1 May 2019 when it replaces Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement (HESPS) and should be used for all decisions relating to the historic environment.

HEPS is being launched in conjunction with HES’ new Corporate Plan 2019 onwards ‘Heritage for All’.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

  • We are the lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. We will lead on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time.
  • Historic Scotland, Scran, Canmore, The National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP), The Engine Shed, Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle are sub-brands of HES.
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For further information, please contact:

Stacey Dent
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
Direct line: 0131 668 8097
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