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Cultural Heritage: Changing Ideas on Compensation in Planning
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (arc@plan)
2015 (Swedish)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Compensation measures are a new method for handling impact on cultural heritage in land use planning. The idea with compensation measures can be understood as an extension of the polluter pays principle. Today, compensation measures are mainly used when natural environments are damaged by development, but it is also possible to use compensation measures when a project results in negative impact on cultural heritage. However, there is a lack of experience in using compensation when it comes to the latter.


In our work as heritage consultants, we have experienced difficulties in implementing compensa-tion measures in projects and assignments. Since 2013, we have organised a research project dealing with compensation measures and cultural heritage; aiming towards a new practice and better use of planning instruments. With this paper, we want to share our results from four case studies where development impact on cultural heritage has led to discussions about, and imple-mentation of, compensation measures.


By using case studies from four different types of development, we wanted to find patterns in the use of compensation measures in planning processes. The results show an uncertainty in understanding compensation as a concept. This is due to an absence of practice dealing with compensation measures; cultural heritage values are not addressed in a proper way in negotia-tions over land access.


Several instruments for compensation measures in planning processes can actually be found in the law and land use of the Swedish planning system, but they are not being used properly, which results in a negative impact on the cultural heritage. After two years of analysing and discussing our case studies in workshops and conferences, we have concluded that there is a strong need for clarifying planning instruments and for developing a professional practice dealing with compensa-tion measures.

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cultural heritage, compensation, planning, values, impact, planning instruments
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-190606OAI: diva2:952298
ARCHI+TECTONICS Architecture, Communities and Cities under Change The 7th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research in Finland, Espoo 23-24 October 2015
Styrmedel och kompensationsåtgärder inom kulturmiljöområdet

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