This project included consulting with members of the ports industry and also looks at planning policies tools and processes in the context of the historic environment of ports. It sets out some practical “win-win” proposals that will help all parties in gaining clarity about the significance of the heritage of ports.

England’s coastline is home to several million people who live and work in ports and seaside resorts, as well as being a destination for millions of visitors each year. Ranging from small historic harbours to major international ports and from quiet seaside resorts to the lively, brightly-lit seafronts of Blackpool and Brighton, these varied settlements play a vital part in our national life. They have experienced major change in recent years. Many have been the subject of significant development, but others have suffered from economic decline and changes in holiday tastes and commercial practices.

English Heritage has created an activity (4A3) within the National Heritage Protection Plan to improve the management and protection of the heritage of ports and resorts.

You can access a free download of the report from the English Heritage website:

You can find out about more projects aimed at improving understanding and protection of ports, harbours and coastal settlements from the National Heritage Protection Plan page dedicated to this topic: