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Shaping the historic environment

10 April 2006

Scottish Ministers today launch a series of new policy documents aimed at protecting the country’s historic environment and its important contribution to community life and the Scottish economy.

The new Scottish Historic Environment Policy (SHEP) series papers will cover all aspects of Scotland’s historic environment.

Patricia Ferguson, Minister for Tourism Culture and Sport, said:

“An interest in the past and the protection of the remains of past generations are marks of a civilised and confident society.

“Scotland is particularly lucky with the wealth of beautiful designed landscapes, ancient monuments and incredible architecture it boasts.

“These documents give us the opportunity to review how Scotland’s historic legacy is best protected and how we can harness its potential for current and future generations.”

The SHEP series reflects the crucial importance of the historic environment as a key asset in Scotland’s economic, social and cultural success and also looks at making it more accessible to the public.

SHEP 1: Scotland’s Historic Environment is being published for public consultation and provides a framework of more detailed strategic and operational policies for managing the historic environment.

SHEP 2: Scheduling; Protecting Scotland’s nationally important monuments will also be published following a thorough consultation process in 2004. It includes a new set of criteria and guidance to determine whether ancient monuments are of national importance.

SHEP 3; Gardens and Designed Landscapes is also being published for public consultation. It sets out Scottish Ministers’ views on the future identification and protection of historic gardens and designed landscapes across Scotland.

The creation of detailed policies will assist Historic Scotland, local authorities and other organisations to work together, within a clear framework, to ensure that the historic resonance of Scotland’s buildings and landscapes is preserved for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

All three SHEP papers are available on the Historic Scotland website at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/sheps .

Notes to Editors

  • Consultation on Scotland’s Historic Environment and Gardens and Designed Landscapes will close on June 23, 2006.

  • 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 built heritage.  It is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The criteria and guidance for the selection of sites and monuments of national importance set out in SHEP 2 on Scheduling replaces the previous set introduced in 1983.

  • In 2003-04 Historic Scotland conducted  a major review of all aspects of the process of scheduling.  This was then put out to public consultation and the results were published at the end of 2004.

For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk