As local government responds to budget pressures and wider public sector reform, we also need a national policy framework that recognises councils’ local leadership role in the economy, infrastructure and planning.
There have been some important steps in the right direction, with the National Planning Policy Framework setting out a framework for locally-led decision-making, new tools to support councils to involve communities in services, and a bigger role for councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships in promoting growth and skills – all providing new opportunities for heritage.
We now need certainty and stability to embed the positive reform that has taken place and to enable councils to get on with making the most of their local historic environment.
Making the most ofyour heritage assets - The future of local historic environment services
You can download this document from the Local Government Association (LGA) to find out how communities have been able to preserve historical assets in their area.
At their best, community assets can:
- Boost tourism
- Create jobs and attract business
- Improve how attractive an area is
- Engage the local community.
You can read tips and case studies about how to make the most of your area’s history and heritage.
How to make the most of local heritage assets | Just Act
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And there was some criticism at the time for how such assets were being squandered:
UK 'failing' to get the most out of its heritage - BBC News