- Provide an evidence base around urban heritage, and in particular the threats to Grade II listed buildings with potential for public value use
- Review relevant current policies and programmes to pinpoint strengths, gaps and weaknesses
- Assess the trends and challenges around work to sustain urban heritage projects as a guide to National Trust strategy, particularly the Urban Places Programme
- Consolidate the existing evidence on public engagement with urban heritage and augment it with new research by the National Trust.
In a blog post, Georgie Holmes-Skelton, Head of Government Affairs, National Trust, said: "One of the most interesting findings of the report is that there is insufficient focus on sustainability in terms of existing support for heritage projects. This reflects a need to think not only about protecting the physical fabric of heritage assets, but to build a plan for future use into restoration and rescue of historic buildings. If this holistic approach is not taken, there is a risk that buildings fall into a pattern of disuse and disrepair, emergency restoration and then a slow return to decline as projects and funds dwindle. Thinking innovatively about how buildings can be used to generate income and support their own long-term future is absolutely key if we are to not only hold on to our heritage, but use it to bring long term benefit for people and communities."