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Outstanding Universal Value

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Statement of Outstanding Universal Value

The Derwent valley, upstream from Derby on the southern edge of the Pennines, contains a series of 18th and 19th century cotton mills and an industrial landscape of high historical and technological significance.

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Annual Report: Masson Mills
Annual Report and Key Performance Indicators

One of the key management responsibilities of a World Heritage Site is monitoring the site to ensure that its Outstanding Universal Value is maintained. UNESCO's Operational Guidelines require the submission of periodic reports to assess the state of conservation of the World Heritage Sites as well as focus future activities and funds.

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View to East Mill, Belper area
Monitoring Views

50 monitoring views within the DVMWHS have been identified as sensitive and needing to be closely monitored to ensure the Outstanding Universal Value of the Derwent Valley Mills is maintained, and their setting is preserved and enhanced.

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The River Derwent at Belper
Attributes of Outstanding Universal Value

In response to advice from ICOMOS UK a statement has been produced identifying the values for which the Site was inscribed on the World Heritage List and the physical attributes of those values. These should be used as a key ‘tool’ in the management of the site, particularly in the field of planning development control. Some of the Attributes are “at risk” and a programme of work needs to be established to safeguard their future.

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