Year: 2015

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 …

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Rescue respond to DCMS #OurCulture Discussion: The People Challenge

Rescue have formulated a response to a recent white paper discussion piece by DCMS, entitled ‘Our Culture: The People Challenge’, focused on engaging people in cultural life in the UK. https://dcms.dialogue-app.com/the-people-challenge-share-and-discuss-your-ideas-on-how-to-make-sure-cultural-activities-are-a-normal-part-of-people2019s-everyday-life We have long believed that archaeology offers a unique combination of activities, skills and opportunities, giving it a broad appeal that goes beyond many …

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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 …

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Rescue respond to the HEF Historic Environment Protection Reform Group

The Historic Environment Protection Reform Group (HEPRG) working under the auspices of the Historic Environment Forum have recently published a set of 3 papers setting out their response to the climate of severe resource cuts to those tasked with managing change in our historic environment. In their words: the heritage sector needs to work together …

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The proposed DCMS White Paper on ‘Our Culture’: A response by RESCUE – The British Archaeological Trust

Rescue have formulated a response to a recent white paper discussion piece by DCMS, entitled ‘Our Culture’, focused on the funding of archaeology in the UK. https://dcms.dialogue-app.com/the-funding-challenge-share-and-discuss-your-ideas-on-how-to-develop-new-sources-of-funding-for-the-arts-and-culture Our response is available at https://dcms.dialogue-app.com/the-funding-challenge-share-and-discuss-your-ideas-on-how-to-develop-new-sources-of-funding-for-the-arts-and-culture/the-proposed-dcms-white-paper-on-our-culture-a-response-by-rescue-2013-the-british-archaeological-trust and reproduced below:   Financial resilience and the funding of cultural institutions and organisations “The second theme will focus on building financial resilience …

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“How do we create a better built environment?”: Rescue respond to call for evidence from House of Lords Select Committee

The newly established House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment has published its Call for Evidence. Interested parties were invited to submit written evidence to the Committee by 6 October 2015. http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/built-environment/news-parliament-2015/call-for-evidence/ Our detailed response can be read below:

The future of local government archaeology: Rescue write to Vaizey

Early in 2014, Ed Vaizey convened an enquiry into the future of local government archaeology services under John Howell MP and Lord Redesdale. The call for written evidence by the enquiry was well received by the sector and numerous heritage organisations submitted detailed responses. These established beyond doubt that cuts to the budgets of local …

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Rescue respond to the Chancellor’s announcement of latest changes to the planning system

Update: Rescue have written to George Osbourne outlining our concerns. Click here to read our letter. RESCUE – The British Archaeological Trust views with grave concern the Chancellor’s announcement1 that developments on brownfield sites will no longer need planning permission before proceeding. RESCUE notes that the ‘brownfield site’ category is a broad and poorly-defined one which …

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Rescue respond to the Chancellor’s announcement of latest changes to the planning system

RESCUE – The British Archaeological Trust views with grave concern the Chancellor’s announcement1 that developments on brownfield sites will no longer need planning permission before proceeding. RESCUE notes that the ‘ brownfield site’ category is a broad and poorly-defined one which encompasses all sorts of sites, mainly within established urban areas which may include important …

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Rescue respond to Shropshire SAMDev Main Modifications consultation

The Inspector examining the soundnessof Shropshire Council’s Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) Plan has published a schedule of Main Modifications, which is open for consultation until the 13 July 2015. Rescue have responded to this consultation, including our comments on the soundness of the contraversial OSW004 development (adjacent to Old Oswestry). See our submissions …

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