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Rescue respond to proposed changes to the current planning system

The Government are currently consulting on a series of wide ranging changes to the Planning System. Key amongst these will be the Planning White Paper, which Rescue will be responding to in detail. Our response below concerns proposed changes to permission in principle: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-the-current-planning-system Read our response below:

Rescue’s AGM 2020 and Open Meeting: The Future of Digitisation

The Rescue 2020 AGM and Open Meeting went virtual, via Zoom. It was very well attended, and the open meeting was a great success. The theme was “Digging Into The Future of Digitisation: what does this mean for Archaeology?” Brendon Wilkins (Dig Ventures) and Dr Chiara Bonacchi (University of Stirling) presented thought-provoking perspectives on the …

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Rescue Says: a government fixated on simplification of planning law is not good for our future environment

The government has produced a White Paper for England on planning “Planning for the Future August 2020” from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) which can be downloaded from https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future and is open for consultation until 29 October. The core proposals, which relate to local plans, ways of managing the planning system …

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Rescue says: Stonehenge scheme decision delayed again, surely time to give up?

The Transport Secretary has delayed his decision on the A303 Stonehenge Scheme until 13 November to seek the views of interested parties on the major new find around Durrington Walls.   Highways England’s immediate response was as follows: “This find is in the north east corner of the World Heritage Site, well outside the scheme …

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Rescue Says: Build, Build, Build – but what about the consequences?

Boris Johnson has today announced a range of proposed measures aimed at shocking the British Economy back into life following the COVID-19 crisis and Brexit uncertainty. These include a repeated commitment to reform the planning system. Amongst specific measures mentioned in the official press release (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-build-build-build) are previously-announced proposals to extend permitted development rights and …

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RESCUE’s response to Historic England’s Local Authority Strategic Framework Consultation

Historic England have recently consulted on their Local Authority Strategic Framework Consultation. This framework is intended to prioritise the partnership work they undertake with local authorities, which underpins the heritage management system in England. Overall, we believe the stated objectives, activities and outcomes include some valuable points but with a rather heavy emphasis on passive …

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Rescue says: Coronavirus – What about the archaeology?

Public health and personal safety are paramount: Archaeological site work should not be continuing whilst the current national coronavirus protection measures are in place. It is not an essential service and the travel involved is not necessary. As at late March 2020 Government guidance says one should only go to work outside one’s home if …

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Rescue says: A303 Stonehenge tunnel not yet a certainty

Yesterday’s Budget appeared to signal the final nail in the coffin for groups protesting the A303  proposals at Stonehenge –  but contrary to what the Chancellor appeared to say, a green light hasn’t suddenly been switched on for the A303 tunnel, just a continued commitment (since 2014) of HMG to “get it done” and that …

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