Northamptonshire Heritage Strategy
Heritage is one of Northamptonshire’s richest resources, in terms of its potential impact on people and place. This Strategy seeks to enable this potential to be developed in a shared and co-operative approach. The purpose of this Strategy is to provide a framework and context for how we should best
care for and prioritise those assets most at risk or in need of urgent focus, and promote heritage in Northamptonshire.
The Strategy also seeks to ensure that the county’s history and heritage is
valued and protected, promoted and made accessible to all, now and into the future, so that it becomes a cornerstone of Northamptonshire’s present and future economic and community development. In order to support these aims, a partnership action plan has also been incorporated into the Strategy.
We need to care for and prioritise heritage against other important county-wide issues, because
once lost, it can never adequately be replaced. Too often we look back in regret at the heritage that has been destroyed in the past; we do not want future generations to do likewise and find fault in our approach. The Strategy is both a call to action and a reminder that everyone has a responsibility for preserving our county’s heritage and developing and capturing its contemporary relevance.
Northamptonshire is a fast growing county. Population growth brings with it a need for improved infrastructure, housing, schools, and other services crucial to the economic development of the county. However, Northamptonshire’s heritage is
strong, diverse and full of character, and should be core to the offer the county can make to new residents, businesses and visitors.
Read the full strategy (PDF)