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Management Plan

The World Heritage Site Management Plan sets out the approach to management of the site for a six year period.

2016-2022 Management Plan

The replacement City of Bath World Heritage Site Management Plan (2016-2022) is now completed and was presented to Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Full Council meeting on 15 September 2016. The Council endorsed the plan for submission to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and in turn to UNESCO. The final plan as submitted can be viewed here (4.4mb pdf).

Public consultation on the draft plan took place from 23 May to 15 July 2016. The Statement of Community Involvement, which records full details of the consultation, comments received and responses, is available on request. 

The need for a World Heritage Site Management Plan

Bath is a complex site, encompassing an entire living city of 85,000 people where modern life co-exists alongside historic cultural and natural assets of global significance. Achieving balance between conservation and community needs is the constant challenge which this plan addresses.

The Plan sets out:

Why Bath is a World Heritage Site
The issues facing the Site, and the corresponding management objectives

Actions to achieve the objectives

The reasons for Bath’s inscription as a World Heritage Site are defined by what is termed as the ‘Outstanding Universal Value’ of the site.

A main aim of the plan is to ensure that the Outstanding Universal Value of the Site and its setting is understood, protected and sustained. It should be noted from this that the plan addresses Bath as a World Heritage Site, and is not a management plan for every aspect of life in the city, and that, whilst the boundary of the site covers the whole city, it also includes the setting of the site in the countryside immediately beyond.

UNESCO, the body overseeing World Heritage, requires all Sites to have a management plan.

Status of the Management Plan

The 2010-2016 plan was endorsed by Full Council on 16 November 2010, by the World Heritage Site Steering Group on 23 November and by Single Cabinet Member decision on 29 December 2010. The plan was then passed to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, who in turn forwarded it to UNESCO on 1 February 2011.  UNESCO then asked its advisor, ICOMOS International, to comment on the plan. The comments received have been addressed by the Council. Though labelled as a 'draft', this is the formally adopted plan. Endorsement by local bodies and full public consultation gives the plan considerable weight as a material consideration in the planning process.

Download the 2010-2016 City of Bath World Heritage Site Management Plan 

The process of revising the Management Plan for 2016 to 2022 is underway . A mid-term update of the 2010 plan was prepared in 2014 which included a response to the ICOMOS comments. This was endorsed by Bath & North East Somerset Council in September 2014 and forwarded to UNESCO.

Download the 2014 Update to the City of Bath World Heritage Site Management Plan

2003-2009 World Heritage Site Management Plan

The 2003-2009 World Heritage Site Management Plan was the first to be produced for Bath. It is now superseded by the 2010-2016 plan. It is included here as a background document to show the evolution of management approach in the site. The 2003 plan was produced at a time when management plans for World Heritage Sites were rare, and as such it provided a model for many sites worldwide.

The 2003-2009 Management Plan is divided into three files for easier downloading: the main document itself, the chapter pages and front cover, and the map.