UNESCO release report following on from their proactive mission in October 2015 to investigate and advise on issues related to proposals for the A303 in the Stonehenge part of the World Heritage Site

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In October 2015 the UK received representatives from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS (the advisory body for cultural world heritage sites) at the invitation of the UK government.  The proactive mission took place from 27 – 30 October and during this time the representatives were able to familiarise themselves with the landscape around the Stonehenge World Heritage Site and the planning processes related to the A303 proposals and meet with representatives from key agencies and a wide range of stakeholders.

The World Heritage Site Coordination Unit met with the mission representatives and were able to brief them on the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Management Plan 2015 and the governance structure of the World Heritage Site.

 

The mission’s report can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage website

The FragmeNTS blog posted by Dr Nick Snashall of the National Trust provides responses to the report from Historic England, English Heritage and the National Trust.

 

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