Management Plan

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Managing the World Heritage Site

At 19,710 hectares over ten Areas, crossing from Cornwall into Devon, the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (‘Cornish Mining’) World Heritage Site is the largest industrial World Heritage Site in the UK, with multiple owners and management interests and around 90,000 residents. 

The forthcoming Management Plan, for the period 2020-2025, is the second since inscription of the mining landscape of Cornwall and west Devon as a World Heritage Site (WHS), by UNESCO in 2006. This is currently awaiting adoption by the partner local authorities (Cornwall Council, West Devon Borough Council and Devon County Council) and will be available here soon.

The World Heritage Site Management Plan

The Management Plan is designed as a framework within which the various management interests work to ensure that our internationally significant mining landscape is cared for and its international importance understood and celebrated, in line with the obligations set out in the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972). The Plan framework also enables the mining landscape to adapt to meet the needs of the people who live within the Site whilst ensuring its Outstanding Universal Value (international importance) is protected.  

The Management Plan and its associated Appendices will be made available here as soon as this is adopted.

PDF document reader software is required for this which can be downloaded from the Adobe website if necessary.

  • The Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site Management Plan 2020-2025
  • Appendix 1 – World Heritage Site Area Statements
  • Appendix 2 – World Heritage Site Monitoring Report
  • Appendix 3 – World Heritage Site Selection Methodology for Attribute Conservation

To see where the World Heritage Site Areas are within Cornwall and west Devon, please use the links to the interactive mapping below.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly's Historic Environment Interactive Mapping

Devon County Council Environment Viewer

Static maps of the ten World Heritage Site Areas can be seen below.

For information about planning development within the World Heritage Site, please see our Planning within the WHS page.