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Engaging with Policy in the UK: a report from our joint conference with AHRC Heritage

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area and RESCUE: The British Archaeological Trust organised 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 was one of a series of activities undertaken to draw together academics, civil servants, …

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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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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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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 news of proposed cuts in Southampton

Rescue have been concerned to read recent press reports suggesting that Southampton Council has taken the decision to close its archaeology unit, Southampton Archaeology. Southampton Archaeology is one of the longest established units in the country, and has unparalleled expertise in the archaeology of the area, as well as an ongoing committment to outreach and …

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