eq43 the stirling charter – conserving scotland's built heritage


eq43 the stirling charter – conserving scotland's built heritage

STIRLING COUNCILTHIS REPORT RELATESTO ITEMON THE AGENDAENVIRONMENTAL QUALITYCOMMITTEEENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES10/02/2000 NOT EXEMPTTHE STIRLING CHARTER CONSERVING SCOTLAND’S BUILT HERITAGE1 PURPOSE1.1 To highlight the launch of The Stirling Charter, Scotland’s first charter forConservation of the built heritage, and seek the Council’s endorsement andsupport of the document.2 SUMMARY2.1 On 19 th January, in the newly restored Great Hall at Stirling Castle, HistoricScotland held the formal launch of the Stirling Charter, the national charter forthe conservation of Scotland’s built heritage. In its introduction the chartersets the context by considering the wide-ranging nature of the built heritage ofScotland, its important values to society, and the irreplaceable nature of it as aresource. The purpose of the charter is to promote broad principles for theconservation of the built heritage in Scotland which will ensure its protection,and encourage its understanding and enjoyment for this and futuregenerations. It is considered a significant and useful document which is to bewelcomed.3 RECOMMENDATION(S)3.1 That the Committee welcome and give their formal support to the StirlingCharter Conserving Scotland’s Built Heritage.4 CONSIDERATIONS4.1 The charter sets out the broad principles for the conservation of the builtheritage in Scotland and is applicable to all components of this valuableheritage resource, ranging from individual historic buildings to townscapes,and ancient monuments to historic gardens and designed landscapes.4.2 The charter consists of six articles:-• Article 1“Actions taken in respect of Scotland’s built heritage should secure its

-2-conservation for the benefit and enjoyment of present and futuregenerations.”• Article 2“There should be a general presumption in favour of preservation: noelement of the built heritage should be lost without adequate and carefulconsideration of its significance and of all the means available to conserveit.”• Article 3“Scotland’s built heritage should be managed in a sustainable way,recognising that it is an irreplaceable resource.”• Article 4“Appropriate measures, which do not compromise cultural significance,should be taken, including through access, research, information andeducation, to assist all people to enjoy, appreciate, learn from, andunderstand Scotland’s built heritage.”Articles 5 and 6 are lengthy and set down a list of more detailed principles.For the purpose of this report they are summarised, but the full text ofarticles five and six is contained within the Stirling Charter, copies of whichare available in the Members Lounge.• Article 5 (in summary)This article sets out the principles which should be adopted by all bodiesand individuals with a role and responsibility for the built heritage to ensureeffective conservation.• Article 6 (in summary)This article sets out how works of conservation of the built heritage shouldbe carried out. Principles include the need for full knowledge andunderstanding of the heritage resource; adequate recording; minimumintervention; the need for appropriate materials, skills and knowledge; andeffective monitoring of the condition of the built heritage resource to ensureadequate maintenance and good housekeeping.5 POLICY IMPLICATIONS5.1 The Stirling Council Local Plan and draft structure plan for Stirling andClackmannanshire contain a range of policies relating to the built heritagewhich aim to ensure the protection of the heritage of this area. Within theEnvironment chapter of the Local Plan there are a range of detailed policiesrelating to ancient monuments, archaeology, listed buildings, conservationareas, and designed and historic landscapes. The charter gives furtherbacking and support for these policies.6 CONSULTATIONS6.1 None required.File Name: EQ143CM

-3-7 RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS7.1 None.8 BACKGROUND PAPERS8.1 In 1997 Historic Scotland published its Technical Advice Note 8 The HistoricScotland Guide to International Conservation Charters, which brought togetherand analysed for the first time over seventy international statements ofconservation principles. The Stirling Charter is informed by and builds onmany of the conservation charters considered in this document.8.2 The Stirling Charter will be available in the Members’ Lounge.Author(s)Name Designation Tel No/ExtensionCatherine Malley Planning Officer Ext 2453Approved byName Designation SignatureDavid MartinDirector of EnvironmentalServicesDate 24 January 2000 ReferenceFile Name: EQ143CM

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