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,
Chief Executive's Department
Tel: (+230) 212 08 31 Fax: (+230 212 4258
AAPRAVASI GHAT TRUST FUND
The Officer In Charge
1 Quay Street,
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,
Tel: (+230) 210 77 58 Fax: (+230) 208 67 28
MAURITIUS PORTS AUTHORITY
The Director General
Mauritius Ports Authority,
H. Ramnarain Building,
Tel: (+230) 206 5400 Fax: (+230) 240 0856
MINISTRY OF ARTS AND CULTURE
The Permanent Secretary
Renganaden Seeneevassen Building,
Tel. No.: (+230) 212 2112 Fax No. : (+230) 211 0681
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