Heritage subtheme

A Beautiful and Historic City: (a) Heritage

Preserving and enhancing local heritage for the cultural benefit and health and wellbeing of present and future generations.


  1. To protect and enhance the site and setting of the Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site;
  2. To protect and enhance the Conservation Areas and their setting by sensitive and well-designed development that:
    1. balances conflicting needs with emphasis on avoiding diluting the distinctive character of the locality;
    2. sustains and increases their social, economic and environmental vitality;
    3. avoids the cumulative impact of dominating schemes either by their size, massing or uniform use;
  3. To uphold high standards of sympathetic, distinctive, and innovative design;
  4. To identify and protect heritage assets.

Planning Policies

  • Policy H1: Protection of the World Heritage Site
  • Policy H2: The Conservation Areas
  • Policy H3: The Character Areas
  • Policy H4: Our Neighbourhood Outside the Conservation Areas
  • Policy H5: Listed buildings, Scheduled Ancient Monuments, Registered Parks and Gardens and Registered Battlefields
  • Policy H6: Non-designated Heritage Assets

The convener for this theme is Kirsty Thomas

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