Bradford insists Saltaire will not follow Liverpool and lose UNESCO World Heritage status


Saltaire’s World Heritage Site status will not match Liverpool’s – Bradford Council has pledged.

2021 is the 20th anniversary of the granting of prestigious status to the Model Village, and Bradford Council has “reaffirmed its commitment” to maintaining Saltaire status.

Last month, UNESCO stripped Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City of its status, saying new developments in the city had caused “irreversible damage” to its Victorian docks.

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In response, the Bradford Council has redoubled its commitment to ensuring Saltaire retains his status.

Saltaire was built in the 1850s by Sir Titus Salt for the workers at Salts Mill.

In 2001, it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Although it has become one of the neighborhood’s most sought-after places to live in recent years, most of the village’s heritage elements have been preserved.

Planning policies remain strict to prevent modern additions from seeping in, and residents must even apply for a building permit if they wish to make minor alterations to their homes.

A council spokesperson said: ‘Recently, Bradford council made a number of investments in Saltaire, including the restoration of stone sidewalks, the creation of new walking trails in the surrounding neighborhoods and the proposed an active travel zone to make the village more accessible for living, working and visiting. .

“Pavements in the worst conditions were repaired by reusing stone where possible, or using new Yorkshire natural stone to improve accessibility with drop curbs and stone tactile paving.

“The materials and the quality of the work are of a very high standard, suitable for the World Heritage site.

“The Bradford Local Plan promotes the protection of Saltaire. Changes within the Site or its buffer zone are controlled.



Statue at Roberts Parks commemorates Saltaire founder Sir Titus Salt

“The board is closely monitoring changes and enforcing them to protect World Heritage status, where appropriate. There is a lot of tips and advice available for homeowners to understand what is acceptable.

“There has been an increase in applications for classified building permits and investment in properties in Saltaire in 2020-2021, with owners improving window and door details and roof repairs.

“This means that the character and appearance of the Saltaire World Heritage Site is gradually improving.

“The Saltaire World Heritage Site Steering Group meets twice a year under the chairmanship of Councilor Ross-Shaw.

“Representatives from historic England who advise UNESCO are attending and, in June, the head of international strategy confirmed that there was no reason for concern in Saltaire.”

Councilor Alex Ross-Shaw, responsible for regeneration, planning and transportation, said: “We are very proud of Saltaire and value the important and fascinating heritage of our neighborhood.

“The council and our partners are committed to protecting the UNESCO status of the village and will continue to invest in its protection and enhancement. “

Saira Ali, Team Leader, Landscape, Design and Conservation, said: “We are continually seeking and bidding for funds and opportunities to enhance heritage.



The view from Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay in the North Yorks Moors National Park on a summer afternoon

“We have been successful in securing government and other funding available to make improvements and invest in Saltaire where possible and appropriate in accordance with World Heritage status. “

Sheena Campbell, Saltaire World Heritage Officer added: “This year Saltaire celebrates the 20th anniversary of being a World Heritage Site.

“We are working hard on protection, improvement and promotion.

“The council is coordinating a new collaborative group that has proposed a program of events organized by dedicated community groups to celebrate the ‘Mills and Model Villages’ featured on www.visitsaltaire.com. ”

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