“Consultation response”

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

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  https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-revised-national-planning-policy-framework ) which closes on 10th May.

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

Highways England’s A303 Stonehenge consultation 2018 response from RESCUE

Latest news: Highways England’s consultation on its preferred route is still open – until 23 April 2018.  Highways England plans to submit an application for a Design Consent Order for the project in late September 2018.

Rescue has responded to Highway’s England’s statutory consultation on proposed upgrades to the A303 at Stonehenge. Together with the Stonehenge Alliance, we encourage all our members to respond strongly to the consultation and oppose a short tunnel option. This can be done via the Stonehenge Alliance website http://stonehengealliance.org.uk/ either by using Highways England’s own […]

2018-12-13T18:44:39+00:007 April, 2018|Tags: , |1 Comment

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

Rescue says: No to environmentally damaging planning reform

Following our recent exchange of views with Sir Mark Boleat regarding his recommendations to remove archaeological planning conditions and his denial of developer ‘land-banking’ as published in a report from the Housing and Finance Initiative (cited as a government ‘think tank’), Rescue is pleased to see the Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s apparent rejection of Sir Mark’s potentially environmentally-damaging planning reform proposals in this week’s budget.

We are looking forward to working constructively with the government and others to ensure that archaeology and the other environmental issues he targeted can be incorporated into a successful planning regime.

2018-12-13T18:44:39+00:0024 November, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

Rescue respond to “Raynsford Review” of the planning system in England

Rescue have recently responded to a call for evidence by the Raynsford Review of the planning system in England. Supported by the Town and Country Planning Association, this 18 month programme seeks a holistic appraisal of the kind of planning system the nation will need by 2020.

Unsurprisingly, Rescue considers that heritage needs to be at the heart of this vision.

Read our response below:


2018-12-13T18:40:50+00:006 November, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

Rescue respond to “The Housing Problem in London: A broken planning system”

Rescue have written in response to the recent White Paper issued by the Housing and Finance Institute – “The Housing Problem in London: a broken planning system” (written by Sir Mark Boleat).

This represented some strong opinions, stating that there was a “bias against development” in the planning process. Sir Mark Boleat also railed against planning conditions:

A second feature of the planning system that creates problems is the imposition of conditions that must be fulfilled, in some case before development can commence. Many of these conditions are necessary and readily accepted by developers. But others are not and […]

2018-12-13T18:40:50+00:006 November, 2017|Tags: |1 Comment

Highways England’s consultation on the A303 at Stonehenge response from RESCUE

Latest news: Highways England’s consultation is now closed. There will be a preferred route announcement in summer 2017 and further consultation on that scheme in late 2017.

Update: 21 leading Stonehenge archaeologists and academics have responded to the consultation, emphasising the damage a short tunnel option would do. Read it here. Other responses, from key organizations, can be seen on the Stonehenge Alliance website here.

Rescue have responded to the recent consultation from Highway’s England on proposed upgrades to the A303 at Stonehenge. Together with Stonehenge Alliance (see their response and […]

2018-12-13T18:44:39+00:0025 February, 2017|Tags: , |0 Comments
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