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Handbook Immovable Heritage, Flanders



Immovable heritage is an important part of the cultural identity in Flanders. This history is reflected in numerous artefacts or monuments in our landscape and cities. It determines the identity of Flanders, the landscape and the image of space in Flanders. From this perspective it’s important that attention is paid to immovable heritage in spatial policy and that there is knowledge in heritage policy about spatial planning tools to ensure the preservation and development of our heritage.


The handbook is a start for such an approach. The key point for the creation of this handbook was to develop a set of models of regulations for spatial implementation plans and urban regulations in function of the maximum integration of immovable heritage.

The study starts from the approach that the link between immovable heritage and spatial planning should be strengthened. Regulations can be a strong tool to safeguard the development and preservation of heritage. Showing a set of regulations without situating them in a broader context, could lead to improper applications.


SumResearch and Maat Ontwerpers created a working tool that can be used from a heritage policy point of view, but also from and spatial planning policy view. The book is a useful tool that is practical and manageable, with a lot of illustrations and real case-studies. Furthermore, the manual should be embedded in a wider context. The framework is based on a number of clear principles that focus on the ratio of immovable heritage in spatial planning.


During the study, a fully participative process has been established. The research is supported by expert input of Labo S, RAAP Vlaanderen en Publius Lawyers. Also other key actors delivered input in a process of co-production. We organized a workshop with various public authorities and heritage cities to get a clear view on existing best practices. A number of focus groups were organized and the handbook was submitted to several test panels.


SumResearch was responsible for the coordination of this project.


Client: RWO Vlaanderen - Afdeling Onroerend Erfgoed

Team: SumResearch - Maat Ontwerpers

In collaboration with: Labo S, RAAP, Publius



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