Historical significance of the Buffer Zone 

The Buffer Zone is the historical setting for the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Property. Read more
 
Vision for the Buffer Zone
 
The Planning Policy Guidance 6 - Urban heritage area: Buffer Zone of Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Property (PPG 6) provides a set of planning guidelines in the Buffer Zone to orientate development towards the improvement and revitalization of the area which holds attributes associated to the Outstanding Universal Value of the property. Read more
 
Application for development in the Buffer Zone
 
The City Council of Port Louis is in charge of implementing the Planning Policy Guidance for the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Property Buffer Zone. All development applications are examined by the Technical Committee chaired by the City Council of Port Louis. Created by amendment to the Local Government Act 2011, the Technical Committee also comprises representatives from:
 
  • Ministry of Arts and Culture;
  • Ministry of Public Infrastructure;
  • Ministry of Tourism and Leisure;
  • Ministry of Housing and Lands;
  • Ministry of Environment;
  • Mauritius Ports Authority;
  • National Heritage Fund; and
  • Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund.

 

The role of the Technical Committee is to ensure the implementation of the Planning Policy Guidance for the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Property Buffer Zone. This task is achieved through the assessment of all applications for Building and Lands Use Permits in the Buffer Zone.
 
The Building and Lands Use Permit was also made mandatory not only for the erection of new buildings but also for any demolition and change to any building or structure in the Buffer Zone.
 
It is also required to submit a Cultural Heritage Impact Statement (CHIS)  together with the application for a Building and Lands Use Permit.
 
A Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) and Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) may also be requested by the Technical Committee in case the project goes beyond the guidelines of PPG 6.
 
The Technical Committee has the mandate to examine the Cultural Heritage Impact Statement, Heritage Impact Assessment and Visual Impact Assessment.
 
The applications for development in the buffer zone are processed at the City Council of Port Louis as described hereunder:
 
 
Diagram showing the process for applications for development in the Buffer Zone at the City Council of Port Louis.
 
Further information can be obtained on request to:
 
CITY COUNCIL OF PORT LOUIS
The Chief Executive
City Council of Port Louis
Jules Koenig Street,
Port Louis
Chief Executive's Department
Tel: (+230) 212 08 31   Fax: (+230 212 4258
Email: mpl.ce@intnet.mu  Website: mpl.intnet.mu
 
AAPRAVASI GHAT TRUST FUND
The Officer In Charge
1 Quay Street,
Port Louis
Tel: (+230) 217 31 57/ 241 03 86  Fax: (+230) 217 24 81
 
NATIONAL HERITAGE FUND
The Officer in Charge
4th Floor, Fon Sing Building,
Edith Cavell Street,
Port Louis
Tel: (+230) 210 77 58    Fax: (+230) 208 67 28
Email: heritage@intnet.mu   Website: www.nhf.mu
 
MAURITIUS PORTS AUTHORITY
The Director General
Mauritius Ports Authority,
H. Ramnarain Building,
Mer Rouge,
Port Louis,
Tel: (+230) 206 5400    Fax: (+230) 240 0856
 
MINISTRY OF ARTS AND CULTURE
The Permanent Secretary
7th floor,
Renganaden Seeneevassen Building,
Port Louis
Tel. No.: (+230) 212 2112   Fax No. : (+230) 211 0681
 
Documents 
 

Planning Policy Guidance for AGWHP BZ

Livret d'information sur la zone tampon de l'Aapravasi Ghat, Patrimoine Mondial

Information for development applications in the Buffer Zone

List of graded buildings in the Buffer Zone

Conservation guidelines for historic buildings

Maps of the Buffer Zone

Heritage Values of buildings / plots