Heritage is a key factor in bringing communities together, creating jobs, making a healthy environment and forging identity and resilience. This is summed up by the idea of ‘place-making’. Attractive places are also a key resource for communities in terms of attracting tourism and businesses.
The planning process is one of the drivers for successful place-making and the Local Development Plan process, with its emphasis on Community Planning, provides the immediate context for this symposium. Heritage also has great potential to contribute to the outcomes in the draft Programme for Government 2016-2021.