Members of the public have been invited to have their say on the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site Management Plan.

The consultation is taking place to be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the World Heritage Site as a place to live, work and visit. Communities can assess these qualities by participating in the survey.

What is the Management Plan?

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site Management Plan identifies what is significant about the World Heritage Site, recognises challenges and threats, and sets out policies to preserve and enhance the Site. The plan was prepared by Edinburgh World Heritage, the City of Edinburgh Council and Historic Environment Scotland.

Over the last 10 years two management plans have been delivered (2005-2010,2011-2016) and it is now time to develop the third management plan.

This third management plan will cover the period from 2017 to 2022.  As with the previous plans, it will be prepared by a partnership of City of Edinburgh Council, Historic Environment Scotland and Edinburgh World Heritage with interest groups and individuals.


The consultation will gather feedback for the three organisations who manage the site - The City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh World Heritage, and Historic Environment Scotland, and closes at the end of July.

Public meetings will be held with different community and residents’ groups, and a new digital ‘place standard’ tool which will be used to gauge the quality and design of an environment in a way that’s accessible and easy to understand.

The public consultation portal may be found at:

For more information on the three organisations:

The City of Edinburgh Council 

Edinburgh World Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland