RESCUE wrote to Lancashire County Council in November, expressing concern over their proposals to close their HER and archaeological advisory services, and urging them to reconsider, and to keep the services open as their obligations to national planning policy require. Lancashire have – disgracefully – waited until after the decision has been taken to respond with the wholly inadequate communication, that fails to demonstrate either an understanding of the concerns and questions we have raised, or any engagement with the broader issues.
Rescue will be taking this issue further with central government to ask how Lancashire can be allowed to ignore planning policy as set out in the NPPF.
See the response from County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, Cabinet Member for Environment, Planning and Cultural Services, Lancashire County Council below:
Our original letter: