Protection of the World Heritage Site

Objective 3: To protect the OUV of the World Heritage Site, using appropriate legislation, planning policy, guidance and management measures.

Policy 3a: When considering proposals for development, local planning authorities should ensure that they protect or better reveal the significance of the OUV of the World Heritage Site, through the adoption and application of high standards of decision-making, that are consistent throughout the World Heritage Site.

  • Action: Run an annual Local Authority Planning meeting to share best practice (and World Heritage Site case studies), to be implemented whenever possible. Year 2
  • Action: Encourage regular sharing in the World Heritage Site web space. Years 1-5


  • Action: Share best practice of planning and conservation issues, particularly amongst those engaged in management through the Planning system, through development of a dedicated web space of case studies, and a planning seminar every 3-5 years to disseminate these more widely.

(amended 11. 10. 2016) 

Policy 3b: Local Authorities should assess development proposals for their impact on the OUV. They should consult with appropriate expert advisors and, where necessary, should require applicants to commission further information, in line with ICOMOS guidance on Heritage Impact Assessment. Development adversely affecting the OUV should not normally be permitted, and should take into account the advice in the National Planning Policy Framework.

  • Action: Instigate a training programme for Local Authorities on the OUV of Hadrian’s Wall and the implications of managing this through the planning system.

Policy 3c: Legal protection of sites in the World Heritage Site should be reviewed in line with new discoveries – and where possible, anomalies should be brought into line - taking into account the level of threat.

Policy 3d: Those managing assets under other consent regimes should take the OUV of the World Heritage Site into account.

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