Council strategies that support heritage

View the heritage-focused strategies prepared and implemented by services across the council.

The following strategies prepared and implemented by services across the council have a strong heritage dimension.

Positive heritage outcomes are identified across existing strategies, and where strategies are due to be updated, these will be integrated.

Strategies that support heritage

Public realm strategy (streets as destinations) (2008 to 2020)

The strategy will improve access to heritage, the experience of visitors and enhance the setting of historic buildings and structures.

Open spaces strategy (2014 to 2020)

This strategy is currently being updated and ensures open spaces are improved and heritage assets protected.

Many of our district open spaces are historic features in their own right, including a number of heritage assets.

Transport strategy (2014 to 2031)

This strategy is being reviewed alongside the Local Plan and will identify opportunities to enhance heritage assets, their setting, improve access and their interpretation.

Public realm initiatives, routes and signage will promote wider exploration of the district’s heritage.

Riverside strategy (2015 to 2020)

This is currently under review and will deliver improvements to the public realm and access to the riverside, highlighting the heritage value of the river and associated features.

Tree management policy (2017)

This is currently being updated and a new short and accessible advice note will guide work on protected trees.

Green heritage assets contribute substantially to the interest and significance of our local environment.

Whitstable Harbour strategic plan (2017 to 2022)

The plan identifies opportunities for marketing and promotion, access and engagement to heritage.

It also emphasises the importance of heritage for the harbour's continuing prosperity.

Museums and galleries vision and strategy (2018 to 2022)

The museums and galleries vision actively promotes our heritage and encourages widespread engagement.

It offers learning opportunities and a sense of value in our heritage, capitalising on the health and social benefits of heritage engagement.

Air quality action plan (2018 to 2023)

Improvements to air quality in the city of Canterbury and Herne village will protect historic buildings from premature deterioration as a result of poor air quality.

Canterbury destination management Plan (2018 to 2024)

Prepared in partnership by Canterbury BID and Visit Canterbury, the document aims to help shape the city-wide promotional strategy.

This plan seeks to create a first-class cultural heritage city, and invest in heritage as the principal driver for tourism.

Green infrastructure strategy (2018 to 2031)

Many of our green infrastructure assets are also our heritage assets, and deliver long-term environmental and social benefits.

Examples of positive heritage initiatives include enhancement at Reculver and protection of our ancient woodland in the Blean.

Climate change action plan (up to 2030)

This document sets out our climate change action plan to 2030. The plan shows the scale of activity that will be necessary to achieve carbon reduction goals.

Councillor development strategy

This is to ensure heritage is integral to councillor training and sessions are planned for 2022 to 2023.

Cultural strategy

This will be coming later and is a cultural strategy that will place heritage at the heart of our cultural offer, capitalising on the benefits of our heritage assets.

Asset management strategy

This will be coming later and is to include the long-term protection and conservation of our historic buildings or assets.

Town centre strategies for Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable

These strategies will be coming later and aim to realise the value of heritage to the local community and potential of heritage as the main driver to delivering economic prosperity.