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Information from the UNESCO World Heritage Site website

“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations.

Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.”

Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America and the Derwent Valley Mills make up our world’s heritage.

What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application.

World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.


This is part of the agreement HM Government signed up to when the Derwent Valley Mills were inscribed at a meeting of the UNESCO committee in Helsinki in December 2001.


All planning applications for sites within the World Heritage Site have to be reviewed by Historic England.

The National Planning Policy framework

This can be downloaded in full from https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/6077/2116950.pdf  

Listed below are the key points for World Heritage Sites:-

The National Planning Policy Framework section 132:-

When considering the impact of a proposed development on the significance of a designated heritage asset, great weight should be given to the asset’s

conservation. The more important the asset, the greater the weight should be. Significance can be harmed or lost through alteration or destruction of the heritage asset or development within its setting. As heritage assets are irreplaceable, any harm or loss should require clear and convincing justification. Substantial harm to or loss of a grade II listed building, park or garden should be exceptional.

The National Planning Policy Framework section 133:-

“Where a proposed development will lead to substantial harm to or total loss of significance of a designated heritage asset, local planning authorities should refuse consent, unless it can be demonstrated that the substantial harm or loss is necessary to achieve substantial public benefits that outweigh that harm or loss.”

The National Planning Policy Framework Section 137:-

Local planning authorities should look for opportunities for new development within Conservation Areas and World Heritage Sites and within the setting of heritage assets to enhance or better reveal their significance. Proposals that preserve those elements of the setting that make a positive contribution to or better reveal the significance of the asset should be treated favourably.

AVBC Local Plan 2006 Page 61 Planning Policy EN29

1) Within the World Heritage Site the Borough Council will require all development proposals to preserve or enhance its character and appearance

2) Within the World Heritage Site the Borough Council will require all development proposals to preserve or enhance the setting of the World Heritage Site including views into or out of the site.

3) In considering proposals the Borough Council will have regard to the aims and objectives of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Management Plan