World Heritage Site Management Plan 2023

Closed 12 Dec 2022

Opened 28 Oct 2022


Please share your thoughts on the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. This feedback will inform the shape of the upcoming Draft Management Plan (2023+). 

The Draft Management Plan identifies issues and opportunities within the Site, and presents an action plan for implementation over a five-year period. Issues include:

  • care and maintenance of buildings and streets
  • control and guidance and contribution of new development
  • awareness of World Heritage Site status
  • visitor management
  • influence and sense of control

The plan is being prepared by the City of Edinburgh CouncilHistoric Environment Scotland and Edinburgh World Heritage.

How does it relate to the 2050 City Vision?

The plan will help inform the 2050 Edinburgh City Vision and the actions that result from this. Public feedback from this longer-term planning exercise has already revealed the high value residents and businesses place on the quality of the historic built and natural environment in Edinburgh. 

Why your views matter

We want to hear your thoughts on the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site: how it’s been looked after, what works well and what we could be doing better. This is your opportunity to tell us what matters to you and to help us to best address these issues.

We are committed to ensuring that the people of Edinburgh have their voice heard when it comes to the management of the World Heritage Site. We’d like to hear your views on the way the World Heritage Site is looked after, specifically whether you feel we are doing enough to protect and enhance the Site, and any other ideas or suggestions which you may have.

What happens next

The feedback received will be analysed and considered and used to update and modify the management plan. Once the management plan has been updated into draft form, it will be consulted on. The final version of the Management Plan is expected to be formally endorsed by the partners in the summer of 2023.


  • All Edinburgh


  • Anyone from any background


  • Conservation
  • Enforcement
  • Land and property
  • Local plans and guidelines
  • Planning applications
  • Area regeneration
  • Public space