Introduction   Overview   The shape of the debate   Themes Theme 1 - A National Heritage Collection Theme 2 - Heritage for Communities Theme 3 Making heritage accessible Theme 4 Heritage and Tourism after 2014    
Introduction Connecting with conservation Case study Land Reform
Advocating Community Interests The options for the Trust Video Package Your views 

The future of the Trust’s relationships at community level is tied to a number of fundamental yet complex issues.  In turn, a lot depends on legislative and other factors that are not yet clear or certain.

Nevertheless, as other pages have demonstrated, there are emerging trends and expectations that the Trust needs to shape ideas around as Trustees begin to start considering options for the longer-term future of the charity.

This page brings together possible options the Trust might consider under the different elements of community engagement with heritage covered in this theme of the debate. You comments on these options, and any others you might propose, are welcome and can be returned via the Your Views survey page.


Connecting with Communities

• The status quo: allow local communities and residents to interact with nearby heritage properties in their own terms.

• Develop the concept of the ‘Community Hub’ through which properties actively cultivate and promote local access and use.

• Improve property interpretation in order to highlight local connections, history and habitats.

• Support local fundraising so as to make more use of properties for social and community-led purposes i.e. outreach and training.

• Investigate the options and take forward social partnership projects through Trust properties which support community development.


Land Reform

• Abandoning the founding concept of inalienability in favour of alternative management arrangements shared with or devolved to communities.

• Maintaining the primacy of inalienability until such time as viable, long-term legislative solutions guarantee the conservation and protection of nationally and internationally significant landscapes.

• Further exploring options for partnership with communities, such as Community Interest Companies.

• Challenging policy-makers for early clarification of the position of the Trust and other Non-Government Organisations delivering public benefit in relation to land reform; especially proposed caps on the amount of land that can be held and further compulsory right to buy options.

• Lobby policy-makers and legislators to address emerging problems with sustaining Conservation Agreements and burdens, and to seeks ways to accommodate binding, long-term protection for heritage.

• Accept that it is not possible to fund defence of challenges to Conservation Agreements and burdens and concentrate efforts only on properties in the Trust’s direct ownership.


Advocating Community Interests

• The Trust takes on a much higher profile campaigning stance to raise issues and protect local historic landscapes and habitats.

• The Trust concentrates on national issues only in order to promote improvements to policy and law as it affects local heritage.

• The Trust actively intervenes to directly purchase or fund partnership buy-outs of threatened local heritage as often as it can and this effectively forms the Trust’s future acquisitions policy.