Region: Yorkshire and the Humber
Local Authority: Bradford
Funding Body: English Heritage; Bradeford Metropolitan District Council
Year of Intervention: 2002
Summary: Saltaire World Heritage Site- putting management plans into action. English Heritage and Bradford Metropolitan District Council jointly fund a World Heritage Site Officer post to progress the high priority actions in the Management Plan and to monitor compliance with the Plan.
Description: Saltaire is an outstanding example of a Victorian model industrial village. It was built by Titus Salt between 1850 and 1876. Salt’s attention to social welfare and urban design were highly influential in the development of the British Town and Country Planning system and is the first known example of ‘planned dispersal’ as a solution to the problem of urban congestion. The enormous mill building was complemented by over 800 houses together with shops, schools, churches, a hospital, almshouses, an institute and a park all dignified by a unified architectural theme. In 2001 Saltaire was unscripted as a World Heritage Site
Issue: Coordinating the numerous actions arising from the Management Plan and raising and maintaining profile for the WHS regionally, nationally and internationally was a large undertaking.
Strategy: Following the inscription of Saltaire as a World Heritage Site, English Heritage and Bradford Metropolitan District Council jointly funded a World Heritage Site Officer post to progress the high priority actions in the Management Plan and to monitor compliance with the Plan. The actions include major public realm projects, developments in Salts Mill to provide long-term employment, and community use/interpretation events.
Outcome: Salt Mills is a good example of putting Management Plans into action. A Management Plan loses value if it is not adhered to or acted upon. This can result in inappropriate management decisions and strategies which may harm the significance of a place.
Keywords: Management Plans, Repair, Reconstruction & Restoration, Sustainability
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