Maria Miller speaking at the British Library 22 January 2014.
"Our Heritage is one of the most universal and accessible forms of culture and the envy of many of our international tourists. But we also understand the local nature of heritage, how it helps build communities and give individuals a sense of belonging.
Buildings, homes, places of work. all shape the way we live and they tell a story of where we have come from.
So it's right that Heritage is part of our how we define sustainable development in this country, that local authorities are required to look at the cultural impact - the impact on the historic and built environment as part of any planning development.
Culture matters. That's why it holds a unique place in our hearts."
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