Engaging with Policy in the UK: Responding to Changes in Planning, Heritage and the Arts – review of Rescue’s conference

On 27th October over 100 delegates filled the lecture room at the Institute of Archaeology to take part in a day conference hosted jointly by Rescue and the Arts and Humanities Research Council entitled ‘Engaging with Policy in the UK’.

Following a welcome and introduction from the organiser and Rescue secretary Hana Morel, Lord Renfrew delivered a key-note lecture that provided the historical background to the legislative and policy context and outlined the issues and challenges that we face. Not least of these is the risk of loss of heritage protection during the Brexit process, not as a […]

2018-12-13T18:00:11+00:0013 December, 2018|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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

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 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

Archaeology and the planning system: Responding to the Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill

The Queen’s Speech (18th May 2016) saw the Government announce their intention to introduce the Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill during the new parliamentary session.  Reports in the press (notably the Daily Telegraph) raised the prospect that amongst the provisions of the Bill would be changes to the system of pre-commencement planning conditions which would severely and significantly reduce the scope for archaeological investigations in advance of new building work.  Coming on the heels of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which includes provision for permission in principle to be granted for development on brownfield sites (despite the fact that […]

2018-12-13T18:47:18+00:0031 May, 2016|Tags: , |0 Comments

Rescue receive response from Lancashire CC with regards to cutting their HER

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 […]

2018-12-13T18:47:18+00:0016 February, 2016|Tags: , |0 Comments

Rescue respond to proposed changes to the NPPF

Rescue have responded to proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). These changes, proposed in December 2015, include changes to affordable housing and planning permission with regard to Brownfield sites inter alia.

Read more here.

In summary, our concerns throughout the proposals centre on the consideration of the historic environment within the planning process and we are concerned that the need for pre-determination archaeological investigation to establish the archaeological significance of a site before permission is granted has not been adequately addressed. Archaeological investigation at the very beginning of the development planning process both ensures that our heritage assets can be properly taken account […]

2018-12-13T18:47:17+00:008 February, 2016|Tags: , |0 Comments

Rescue submit Written Evidence on the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-6

The Housing and planning bill 2015-2016, first read in parliament in October 2015 proposes a raft of reforms to the planning system. Rescue have concerns about elements of the bill, particularly those in Section 6. One of the proposed measures includes the establishment of planning permission in principle on Brownfield sites.

Rescue have submitted written evidence in response to the bill, expressing our concern that this will put the historic environment at significant risk and represents a significant deviation away from sustainable development with regards to the historic environment as currently enshrined in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Our response is below.

2018-12-13T18:47:18+00:0010 December, 2015|Tags: |0 Comments

Breaking News: Lancashire County Council table plans to slash heritage service

Update: We have also commented on plans to withdraw funding from museums.

RESCUE is very concerned at the proposal to withdraw funding for Lancashire’s museums which will lead to the inevitable closure of at least five of those museums. Lancashire’s museums currently hold and display collections that inform local populations of their personal heritage, engaging directly with local people in a way that the larger national museums cannot.

For example, the two textile museums help the local population understand the leading role that Lancashire played in the Industrial Revolution and how the impacts of that complex series of events have formed our […]

2018-12-13T18:47:18+00:0018 November, 2015|Tags: |0 Comments
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