Year: 2011

Rescue respond to The Penfold Review

The Penfold Review of non-planning consents was published with surprisingly little fanfare in July 2010. The latest in an ongoing series of planning reviews that have spanned the 2010 change of administration at Westminster, it makes a number of recommendations designed to deregulate the current system and to promote business investment in development. The Government’s …

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Rescue respond to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

RESCUE believes that the current planning system is confusing, cumbersome and in places, contradictory. In principle, we welcome the Government’s stated intention to simplify the system and to make it more accessible to both developers and the general public alike. However, RESCUE does not believe that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPFF), as drafted, provides …

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Concerns for archaeological provision in Sandwell, West Midlands

RESCUE has learned that Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council is planning to axe the posts of Borough Archaeologist and the HER Officer. This will leave the Borough without any provision for archaeological monitoring of planning applications and no Sites and Monuments Record. Archaeology is, it seems, considered a ‘luxury’. Details can be found on the Council …

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NPPF – have Scotland got the heritage protection system right?

Two planning documents of significance to archaeologists have recently been published. In England, the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was released on the 25th July. This promises “A new, simpler framework for the planning system that safeguards the environment while meeting the need for sustainable growth”, and slims down over 1000 pages of cumbersome …

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Rescue publish Fighting Back

With an unprecedented level of threat to local authority museum and archaeological services currently being felt up and down the country, there has never been a greater need for clear guidelines, assisting those campaigning to protect and preserve local and regional heritage services. It is with this in mind that Rescue have published Fighting Back – Some …

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New demolition controls

SAVE Britain’s Heritage has secured a landmark judgement against the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which will introduce new controls over demolitions of buildings and structures under UK planning law. The case revolved around the decision by Lancaster City Council to authorise the demolition, without prior approval, of the historic Mitchell’s Brewery …

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New Life for Brunel’s Building

The perilous situation of an engine house belonging to one of Britain’s great engineering sons, Isambard Kingdom Brunel owned by Dairy Crest Group Plc in Totnes, Devon was covered in RN 104 and 105. The site was built to house Brunel’s atmospheric railway propulsion system and represents one of only three surviving engine houses from …

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Cleveland Street Workhouse saved!

The Secretary of State has decided to designate the Cleveland Street Workhouse in Central London as Grade II listed. It would seem that all the hardwork of the Cleveland Street workhouse group, numerous heritage organisations and the media have saved the building from planned demolition and development. The workhouse was built in 1775 and is …

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City of Adelaide still grounded

In August 2010, the Scottish Government announced the decision to award preferred bidder status to Clipper Ship City of Adelaide Limited (CSCoAL) to remove the historic clipper City of Adelaide from the Irvine slipway leased by its owner, the Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM) from Ayrshire Metals. This followed a review of the options then available …

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