In pursuit of a PLU patrimonial (Local Urban Heritage Development Plan)

Published on 16 July 2019

After several years of research, the ANR (French National Research Agency) "PLU patrimonial" programme, which is concerned with the relationship between urban planning and the protection of heritage sites, will deliver its findings at a symposium in Angers on 17 and 18 June.

This research programme is concerned with what has in recent years become known as the “PLU patrimonial”, thereby designating it as urban planning which incorporates the protection of heritage sites.  

What exactly is a PLU patrimonial? What criteria may be used in its identification? Which types of heritage sites are concerned? What level of protection does it offer? What added value does – or doesn’t– this tool provide, particularly with regard to outstanding heritage sites? All these questions will be addressed during the symposium on 17-18 June.  

The multidisciplinary research team, composed of researchers from the Universities of Tours, Angers and Lyon, has examined over twenty PLUs, including several towns located in the Loire Valley: Nantes, Angers, Langeais, La Riche, Tours, Montlouis-sur-Loire, Amboise, Blois, the CC (Community of Communes) of Grand-Chambord, and Orléans.  

To register and find out more about the research programme: