Old mills, farm ribbon development or cityscapes, but also dykes, parcel patterns and archeological sites represent important cultural heritage values in the landscape of the province of Zuid-Holland. It is a provincial concern to employ the utmost care in dealing with the key locations and cultural heritage themes in the various regions. The provincial administration considers it very important that cultural heritage values are included in new spatial developments. To this end, the so-called Region Profiles Cultural History have been established for 16 ‘top’ landscapes with high cultural signification.
This was set in motion by the introduction of the new Spatial Planning Act (nWRO), which has changed the role of the provinces in the spatial planning process. Assessing and approving municipal plans is no longer a task of the provincial administration. However, it does have inspiring, guiding or corrective instruments at its disposal to safeguard provincial interests.
Retention or continuation of the character and quality of valuable cultural heritage landscapes is by no means the same as ‘locking up’ a region. The challenge lies inharmonising future dynamics and adjustments with the existing cultural heritage qualities and essential characteristics. In order to realise this, a description of the cultural heritage value has been given per region and per theme, indicating the opportunities for respectful spatial development.
For the sixteen key areas in Zuid-Holland previously defined, region profiles have been drawn up. By means of this steering strategy it is conveyed how the province in principle wishes to deal with developments in the field of cultural history and spatial quality. The profiles provide guidelines for development, but they also serve as information and inspiration. Depending upon the character and the quality of each region, two steering regimes have been distinguished:
A. continuity of character (key areas) with cultural history as a precondition for spatial development;
B. retention of exceptional quality (crown jewels) with cultural history as the major disseminator of spatial development.