In THE early 1970s New Lanark was approaching terminal decay. Just 30 years later it was designated by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. Today, this uniquely important site is threatened by the decision of South Lanarkshire Council to permit quarrying within its buffer zone by the Falls of Clyde.
The local authority acknowledges that this decision is contrary to its local plan and that there is no overriding need for this proposal. However, Historic Scotland’s astonishing advice that the proposed development would have no significant impact on the World Heritage Site was decisive.
This position flies in the face of any reasonable interpretation of the designations the area enjoys. The nomination documentation for World Heritage Status described New Lanark’s landscape setting as being “essential” to its Outstanding Universal Value. An explicit assurance to protect the buffer zone from quarrying was included in the nomination, signed by the then First Minister, Donald Dewar.
Such abandonment of recent commitments and disregard for current policies undermines the integrity of Scotland’s planning and heritage protection systems. The objection letters signed by 12,000 members of the public indicate the extent of concern.
Having established a world-renowned heritage site, with significant local regenerative benefits besides, Scotland’s international reputation is at risk. We therefore welcome the government’s decision to call in this application.
(PROF) MARK STEPHENS FRSA
Save Our Landscapes
(DR) PETER BURMAN MBE
Garden History Society in Scotland
(DR) JAMES SIMPSON OBE
International Council on Monuments and Sites UK
(PROF) MICHAEL LYNCH FRHistS, FRSE, FSAScot
Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland
MARCUS BINNEY CBE
Save Britain’s Heritage
(PROF) MAIREAD NIC CRAITH MRIA
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
(PROF) MARCUS KOEHLER
Technical University, Dresden
ARTHUR BELL CBE
New Lanark Trust 2003 -2013
Former Director Royal Town and Planning Institute in Scotland
(PROF) DAVID ADAMS FRTPI
University of Glasgow
(PROF DR) AXEL KLAUSMEIER
Director, Berlin Wall Memorial Foundation
(PROF DR) LEO SCHMIDT FSA
Brandenburg University of Technology
(DR) MARION HARNEY
University of Bath