Guidance for World Heritage Management
A range of publications are available to guide and support stakeholders working with properties on the World Heritage List.
World Heritage protection in England
World Heritage protection in England is provided by a combination of individual designations and the spatial planning system.
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), specifically section 16, sets out the planning policies for the historic environment. The Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) offers more detailed guidance. Both are material considerations in the planning process.
Historic England resources
A Historic England Advisory Note (HEAN) on Managing Change to World Heritage Sites is expected to enter public consultation in Summer 2023. Historic England guidance on the production of World Heritage Site management plans is also in development.
The Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention present the criteria for the inscription of properties on the World Heritage List, requirements for their continued management and details of the provision of international assistance. These are periodically revised to reflect Committee decisions so please ensure you are using the latest version.
World Heritage Centre resources
The World Heritage Resource Manual Series offers focused support for specific obligations for States Parties and World Heritage site managers. The series is a joint endeavour by The World Heritage Centre and ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN, the three Advisory Bodies of the World Heritage Convention. Currently, the series includes five publications:
- Preparing World Heritage Nominations
- Managing Cultural World Heritage
- Managing Natural World Heritage
- Managing Disaster Risks for World Heritage
- Guidance and Toolkit for Impact Assessments in a World Heritage Context
Read the Historic England briefing on the Guidance and Toolkit for Impact Assessments.
The World Heritage Centre also have a range of other resources on their website, including information on nomination dossiers, international assistance requests and on the integration of sustainable development into the processes of the Convention.