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Scottish Historic Environment Policy

The Scottish Historic Environment Policy (SHEP) sets out Scottish Ministers’ policies, providing direction for Historic Scotland and a policy framework that informs the work of a wide range of public sector organisations.

The SHEP was originally developed as a series of free-standing publications (SHEPs 1 to 5, published between 2006 and 2008).  The series was consolidated into a single document in 2008 and was revised in July 2009.  SHEP has now been updated to take account of:

  • the marine historic environment policy (which was subject to a full public consultation in 2008);
  • the provisions of the Marine Scotland Act 2010; and,
  • the provisions of the 2011 Act.

This technical update of SHEP will ensure that the document accurately reflects the new legal context which underpins Scottish Ministers’ strategic policies for the historic environment.

This is a technical, matter-of-fact update of SHEP only and does not relate to the fundamental review of SHEP as outlined in the Agency’s draft Corporate Plan 2012-15 which states the proposal to ‘carry out a fundamental evidenced-based review of the Scottish Historic Environment Policy and legislation to ensure they support the delivery of the Scottish Government’s economic strategy and framework and the National Performance Framework’.  

PDF icon Scottish Historic Environment Policy - December 2011 [pdf, 636KB]

Queries should be directed to:

Scottish Government Historic Environment Policy Unit
Victoria Quay

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Scottish Government
Historic Environment
Policy Unit
Victoria Quay