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Decision : 38 COM 7B.34
Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) (C 1215)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/7B;
  2. Recalling Decisions 36 COM 7B.94 and 37 COM 7B.89, adopted at its 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012) and 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) sessions respectively,
  3. Notes the information provided by the State Party in January 2014;
  4. Takes note of the recommendations of the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM reactive monitoring mission to the property in October 2013 and requests the State Party to give highest priority to the implementation of its recommendations;
  5. Expresses its concern at the recent flooding at the property caused by severe weather, and also notes the commitment of the State Party to repair resulting damage;
  6. Encourages the State Party, Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Partnership Board, the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Management Office, and the three local councils that constitute the main agencies in the management system of the serial property to develop the necessary assessment and control mechanisms for large-scale development proposals;
  7. Further notes that mining at South Crofty will most likely not proceed for some time and calls on the State Party to request a design revision for the ensemble of buildings, based on a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA), in conformity with the ICOMOS Guidelines on HIAs for World Heritage cultural properties, and taking into account the attributes of Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), with particular consideration of the views to, and relationships between them;
  8. Strongly regrets that the State Party did not comply with the requests made in Decisions 36 COM 7B.94 and 37 COM 7B.89 to halt the supermarket development project at Hayle Harbour, and calls on the State Party to find more appropriate, heritage-led regeneration options for any development at Hayle Harbour, which may be proposed in future;
  9. Requests the State Party to invite a joint ICOMOS/ICCROM reactive monitoring mission to evaluate the extent of impacts resulting from the implementation of the supermarket project at Hayle Harbour on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property and to identify potential courses of action to address and/or mitigate these impacts;
  10. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2015, an updated report, including a 1-page executive summary, on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 39th session in 2015.
 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation, Reports
Year: 2014
Decision Code: 38 COM 7B.34