Conference: Engaging with Policy in the UK: Responding to Changes in Planning, Heritage and the Arts

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area and RESCUE: The British Archaeological Trust are organising a one day conference on ‘Engaging with Policy in the UK: Responding to Changes in Planning, Heritage and the Arts’ on Saturday the 27th October at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology. 

This is one of a series of activities we are undertaking to draw together academics, civil servants, private and professional bodies, and civil society organisations to address challenges and uncertainty from changing policies.  We hope to connect researchers, practitioners and policy makers involved in the arts, culture, heritage and the natural/historic environment around key areas of shared concern.

The event is timely.  […]

2018-12-13T18:02:04+00:0013 October, 2018|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Rescue Policy for the future

Rescue Council felt that it would be helpful to put together our policy on key issues relating to archaeology and the historic environment. We hope that this will clarify where we stand and provide a basis for future actions. The document begins with a summary of our commitments, cross-referenced to the relevant sections of the full set of policies.

Pre-Commencement Conditions & obtaining applicant consent: Archaeology

Rescue is offering ideas and comment in the following paper about the impact on archaeology of the changes to pre-commencement planning conditions which come into force in October. We welcome any constructive comments on this.

Pre-Commencement Conditions & obtaining applicant consent: Archaeology


The process of assessing, identifying and removing archaeological remains from a site threatened by development has been an integral part of the planning process since the drafting and adoption of PPG16 in 1990. That these archaeological tasks must largely take place before development commences is clearly an unavoidable fact given the nature of the majority of the archaeological resource and, […]

2018-12-13T18:47:18+00:006 August, 2018|Tags: , |0 Comments

Rescue responds to Environmental Principles and Governance consultation

Rescue submitted a response to the government consultation “Environmental Principles and Governance after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union” in which we stressed the need for a clear definition of ‘environment’ which would include the cultural / historic environment and the need for a strong agency able to hold government and others to account once we leave the EU.

2018-12-13T18:40:50+00:006 August, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Archaeology and planning case studies: update, extended deadline

** UPDATE 21st August 2018:   The deadline for contributions of planning and archaeology case studies via the survey on the CIfA pages has been extended to 21st September, so please do contribute. If you prefer not to complete the survey, information about individual projects can be sent direct to Jan Wills at the email address below. **

Rescue supports a new project, funded by Historic England and led by CIfA, to gather information about how archaeology is managed in the planning system and to make relevant case studies available online.

The project summary follows – if this seems like something you could […]

2018-07-30T14:16:32+00:0030 July, 2018|0 Comments

New article on ‘The Irony of Lebanon’s Peacetime Development’

We are all aware of the impacts of war on the hugely significant archaeology of the Middle East, but far less attention is paid to the destructive impacts of peacetime development in a situation where there is inadequate regulation and oversight. In this article for RESCUE, Professor Kevin Butcher of the Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick and formerly a Professor in the Department of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut provides an insight into the current situation in the Lebanon.

2018-07-18T14:36:45+00:0018 July, 2018|0 Comments

Rescue respond to DEFRA “Health and Harmony” consultation

Rescue have recently submitted our response to DEFRA’s consultation: “Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit“.

Rescue have strongly argued the case for the historic environment in post-Brexit agricultural policy: we urge the government to take this opportunity to move forward with an integrated approach to the potential environmental benefits of a new system that fully recognises the significance of the historic environment and, with better funding, rewards protection and
enhancement of our heritage.

Our responses are outlined below:

2018-12-13T18:40:50+00:008 May, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Rescue responds to NPPF consultation

Rescue has responded to the consultation by  DCLG (the Department for Communities and Local Government) about possible changes to the NPPF  (the National Planning Policy Framework).  We highlight various places where the historic environment has been given less prominence and where the wording has been reduced or changed – as we have said already  the overall impression now is of an attack on the way the planning system protects the historic environment.  Our full response is below; we would urge others to respond to the consultation (at ) which closes on 10th May.

2018-12-13T18:47:17+00:0026 April, 2018|Tags: , |0 Comments

Rescue Says: Proposed changes to NPPF will leave the planning system unfit for purpose

Revisions to the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) are currently being consulted on and Rescue is extremely concerned to report that we believe, if enacted, these revisions will leave the system no longer fit for purpose as an effective tool for the sensitive and sustainable management of our heritage resources. These revisions offered an opportunity to address genuine issues with NPPF which David Cameron’s coalition introduced as part of a “bonfire” of quangos and legislation, designed to make the planning system simpler. The current Government is pursuing a policy of deliberate arson – removing heritage protection principles a piece at […]

2018-12-13T18:47:17+00:0023 April, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Rescue respond to Welsh planning law consultation

Monmouth’s Medieval Bridge

Rescue has responded to a consultation on proposed changes to planning law in Wales. The proposals include a suggestion that the system of granting consent for changes to Listed Buildings be merged into the general planning permission system. Rescue are concerned that this could reduce the level of protection for Listed Buildings and that this may lead to a loss of specialist Conservation Officers providing advice. the full letter is available below:

2018-12-13T18:40:50+00:001 March, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments
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