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Scotland's heritage policy launched

8 March 2007

The historic environment is an asset to be valued, not a barrier to development.

That is one of the key messages in Scotland’s Historic Environment, launched today by Culture Minister Patricia Ferguson MSP.

The strategic policies set out in the paper will sustain the best of the past and unlock the full potential of the historic environment to promote our ambitions for a better Scotland.

Speaking to an invited audience of key stakeholders, Ms Ferguson emphasised the importance of heritage to Scotland’s identity, economy and culture: “We have so much to be proud of and by properly and intelligently managing our historic environment in a dynamic way we continue to benefit from the achievements of past generations.

“Government will work to ensure that Scotland’s heritage is an asset we can all enjoy and benefits our country well into the future.”

Scotland’s Historic Environment is the keystone of a series of policy papers setting out Scottish Ministers’ commitment to preserving our most important monuments, buildings and landscapes

It was published following a public consultation and contributors were among those present at the launch this morning.

Ms Ferguson also announced that consultation on four more of the Scottish Historic Environment Policy series would begin shortly.

Notes to Editors

  • The Scottish Historic Environment Policy  (SHEP) series sets out Scottish Ministers strategic policies for the historic environment and provides greater policy direction for Historic Scotland. The paper can be viewed at
  • The next four SHEP papers to go out to public consultation will cover Scheduled Monument Consent, Listed Building Consent, the Listing of Historic Buildings and the conservation and access to Properties in Care.
  • SHEP 2. Scheduling: Protecting Scotland’s nationally important monuments was published in 2006 and Scotland’s Historic Environment and Gardens and Designed Landscapes will be launched shortly.
  • The SHEP series is intended to sit alongside and complement the Scottish Planning Policy series and other relevant Ministerial policy documents.
  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Executive charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

For further information

Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873