Year: 2016

Rescue react to closure of archaeology and social history galleries at Rugby Borough Museum

Rescue is concerned to learn that Rugby Museum and Art Gallery has closed its archaeology and social history gallery, which are to be replaced with a Rugby Football “Hall of Fame”.  Rescue appreciates the importance of sport, and the contribution of Rugby itself as the original home of the game, but we cannot agree that the closure …

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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 …

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Queen’s Speech Wednesday 18th May 2016: new planning bill threat to archaeology

The background notes for the newly proposed Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill in the Queens speech contains the following: Planning Conditions To ensure that pre-commencement planning conditions are only imposed by local planning authorities where they are absolutely necessary. Excessive pre-commencement planning conditions can slow down or stop the construction of homes after they have …

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Rescue write to Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP concerning latest round of cuts

Rescue have written to Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP in response to the latest round of cuts. This is an issue which Rescue have been campaigning on for many years. However, the cuts to heritage have certainly accelerated, with recent high profile victims being the imminent closure of Lancashire County Council’s Historic Environment service, the closure …

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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 …

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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 …

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