Spatial Planning at TU Delft has published the final summary report of a pilot project on urban planning for historic urban cores funded by the EU Joint Programming Initiative: Cultural Heritage. The report explains the impact of the urban planing reforms on the management of historic urban cores in three countries in north-west Europe. Planning for the historic urban core is a well established in many countries because the core is a critical repository of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in its buildings, monuments public spaces and townscape. Historic centres  have been formed through incremental change over many years in response to changing pressures on the role of the city to produce a complex, highly differentiated urban fabric in terms of urban structure, ownership, and townscape. Local government use the planning system to help maintain the cultural heritage but changes in resources and tools available in the context of economic crisis, austerity policies and neoliberal politics are forcing fundamental changes in this role. The study was undertaken by Delft University of Technology, University College Dublin, and Newcastle University, UK. National funding bodies sponsored the project, including in the Netherlands, the NWO: Dutch National Research Organisation.

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