Dover District Heritage Strategy-Your Views Sought

From our iconic white cliffs to a wealth of historic sites and attractions, Dover District is known around the world for its heritage – and now a leading strategy is being developed to ensure this heritage shapes the future of the area, and your views are sought.

Dover District has an amazing rich historic environment, and these assets have played a major role in shaping the district’s development and identity. A special Heritage Strategy has now been drafted to ensure that these assets continue to play a clear role in shaping future regeneration and development.

Dover District Council, in collaboration with English Heritage, has commissioned Kent County Council’s Heritage Conservation Team to prepare the strategy. It is one of the first such strategies in the country to be created since the Government published its heritage policies in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The Heritage Strategy seeks to identify and understand the many historic assets in Dover District, and how their special character could contribute to the future of the area, and key objectives in the Local Development Framework. The strategy will also provide advice and guidance for the management of historic assets, and information for funding bids that may arise in the future.

A consultation has been launched, and views are sought on the Draft Dover District Heritage Strategy. Dover District Council is also including a heritage section in the Land Allocations Document, and proposed text is included as part of the consultation.

All views received will be taken into account before the Council finalises the Heritage Strategy, and the text for the Land Allocations Document. The Land Allocations Document would then be submitted to Government for approval, which involves a period of representations and an Examination in Public.

The consultation began on 21 June, and runs until midnight on 16 August 2012. For further information and to make comments, please see or call 01304 872477 or email

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